The designs for the new Morioka Minami Park baseball stadium in Japan have been unveiled.
The renderings were jointly released by the northern city of Morioka and Iwate Prefecture after Shimizu Corporation, the architectural, civil engineering and general contracting firm, was confirmed as a stakeholder in the project.
According to the Sports Hochi newspaper, the new ballpark will be built to replace the ageing Morioka Municipal Ballpark and will have 100-metre-long left and right field wings, as well as a 122-metre-long centrefield, while artificial turf will be introduced for both the infield and outfield.
The infield stand will have 12,000 seats and the grassy hillside overlooking the outfield will have a capacity of 8,000 and a large full-colour LED scoreboard screen.
Behind the ballpark, there will be a 50×50-metre multi-purpose indoor training facility that can be used for fielding and running practices for baseball and softball, as well as international futsal matches. The facility will also house spaces for a café and a fitness room.
The indoor facility will also function as an emergency evacuation shelter and a storage centre for relief supplies should a large-scale disaster occur in the region.
When it is completed, Nippon Professional Baseball will be invited to play games at the ballpark while university baseball teams can look forward to having training camps at the complex. Aside from the sporting use, the ballpark will be available all year round for other events, such as concerts and family-orientated gatherings.
The ballpark is scheduled to open in April 2023, while the construction, operational and maintenance costs for the first 15 years are estimated to be around JPY10.9bn (£76.6m/€89.9m) in total.
Images: Shimizu Corporation
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