Following over a decade in development, Taipei Dome has staged its first event with fans in attendance as it becomes Taiwan’s largest indoor venue.
The stadium in Taipei City, with a seated capacity of 40,071 for baseball games and a concert capacity of 58,000, on Saturday hosted a baseball game between the country’s BFA Asian Baseball Championship team and U-23 Baseball World Cup outfit.
The 13,000 free tickets made available for the game, organised by developer Farglory Group and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, were snapped up within five minutes, with local officials using the event to gather feedback on the operation of the Dome and the public transport scheme launched to get fans to the stadium.
“Overall, everything was running smoothly,” said Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an, according to the CNA news service.
Developers broke ground on the venue back in April 2012, but it was halted in 2015 amid a dispute concerning construction. The project was then mothballed for five years, before work resumed in August 2020.
The stadium has 36 luxury suites and is the first in Taiwan to designate separate male and female umpires’ lockers and lounges. Its first major event is due to be when it acts as one of three host venues for Taiwan’s staging of the 2023 BFA Asian Baseball Championship from December 3-10.