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Tokyo Dome set for overhaul ahead of new baseball season

Tokyo Dome, the home of Nippon Professional Baseball team Yomiuri Giants, is set to undergo the biggest renovation since it first opened.

The wide-ranging plans for the facility, which opened in 1988, were revealed by the Giants, along with Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, Tokyo Dome Corporation, and Mitsui Fudosan Company.

The project is focused on improving the fan experience at the Dome and will include the installation of one of the biggest stadium video screens in Japan. At about 126 metres wide, it will be 4.4 times larger than the current big screen at the venue.

The stadium’s entrance gates and concourses will be redeveloped, while the number of digital screens that show game play and other images in the concourses will be increased to about 260.

Tokyo Dome currently has a capacity of around 45,600 for baseball, but the seating at the stadium is set to be reimagined with four new types of seating options and 400 new seats. The new options will include four types of group seats that will allow between two to eight people to watch a game in a variety of ways.

In addition, new technology will be introduced to transition Tokyo Dome into a cashless stadium, with facial recognition tech set to be utilised for admission to the venue and payment for services.

The project’s schedule has been moved up one year, with the goal of completion of the new features in time for the start of the 2022 baseball season in March.

Images: Yomiuri Giants