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Encyclopedia > Koshien Stadium
Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Koshien Stadium (in 1992)
Location Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
Opened August 1, 1924
Capacity 53,000
Owned By Hanshin Electric Railway
Architect:

Ōbayashi gumi Koshien Stadium photography person : MASA photography day : August, 1992 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nishinomiya (西宮市; Nishinomiya-shi) is a city located in Hyōgo, Japan, between the cities of ÅŒsaka and Kōbe. ... August 1st is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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109.7m (1924), 96 m (present)
128m (1924), ?m (present)
118m (1924), 120 m (present)
128m (1924), ?m (present)
109.7m (1924), 96m (present)

Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien Kyūjō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The stadium was built to house the national high school baseball championship, and opened on April 1, 1924. It was the largest stadium in Asia at the time it was completed, with a capacity of 53,000. The design of the stadium was heavily influenced by the Polo Grounds in New York City. In 1936 it became the home stadium for the Osaka Tigers (current Hanshin Tigers), now with the Central League. On February 14, 1964, the name of the baseball park changed from Koshien Stadium to Hanshin Koshien Stadium. Baseball is a team sport, in which a fist-sized ball is thrown by a defensive player called a pitcher and hit by an offensive player called a batter with a round, smooth stick called a bat. ... Port Tower at night Kōbe (Japanese: 神戸市; -shi) is a city in Japan, located on the island of Honshu. ... Nishinomiya (西宮市; -shi) is a city located in Hyogo, Japan, between the cities of Osaka and Kobe. ... Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県 Hyōgo-ken) is located in the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... The Olympia Stadium: start and finish lines visible, defining the length of one stadium (in this case 192. ... Japanese high school students in uniform High school, or Secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan (Republic of China) (only junior high school) and the United States. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... See also: 1923 in sports, 1925 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (American) Cleveland Bulldogs win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League Essendon wins the 28th VFL Premiership (under the finals system used, no grand final was played) Brownlow Medal awarded for... World map showing location of Asia Asia is the central and eastern part of the continent of Eurasia, defined by subtracting the European peninsula from Eurasia. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, and by the New York Mets in their first two seasons of 1962 and 1963. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York and abbreviated NYC) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture. ... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... The Olympia Stadium: start and finish lines visible, defining the length of one stadium (in this case 192. ... The Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガース) is a professional baseball team in Japans Central League. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In addition to the annual National High School Baseball Championship Series, played in August, the stadium hosts the annual Spring High School Baseball Tournament in March, a smaller, invitational tournament. Both tournaments are generally known simply as Kōshien. The high school tournaments are given a higher priority, with any tournament games that need to be rescheduled forcing the Tigers to postpone or cancel conflicting home games. Note: as an adjective (stressed on the second syllable instead of the first), august means honorable. ...


Repairs in the 21st Century

The Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995 affected Kōshien. Cracks appeared and part of the stands collapsed. In July of 2004, a concrete plan surfaced for improvement of the complete baseball ground facilities. Failed to parse (syntax error): [[Media:[[Image: == [[[[[[[Media:Example. ...


It will begin with the construction during the off-season of 2008 while the stadium continues in use for baseball. Later stages will follow during the off-season, and the target for completion of large-scale construction is 2010 or later.


The main improvements are the following:

  • As much as it is possible, it will preserve the conditions of the present baseball grounds, including the ivy, which has become a symbol of the stadium
  • The infield will be earth
  • The outfield will have natural grass and be open to the air (no roof over the grounds)
  • The Ginsan roof over the grandstand will be removed and replaced with a modern roof without pillars.
  • The seating capacity will be reduced to about 50 000 people to help make the stadium barrier-free

The stadium consists of four seating price ranges. The top seats are the 4000Yen green seats directly behind homebase. These seats are entirely covered and corporate. The seats in the infield are colored yellow on the first base side and orange on the third base side. The yellow seats are on the "Hanshin side" and are the color of the Tiger's fanclub uniforms. The orange seats correspond to the colour of the Giants, far and away the Tiger's biggest rival. Both sides are 3500Yen. The outfield benches along the lines are called the "Alps" and 2500Yen. The outfield seats are 1700Yen. As with all Japanese stadiums the home supporters sit in right field and the away supporters in left field. However unless the opponents are the Giants the away supporters rarely constitute more than one section high up in left field. On most nights the stadium is jam packed and despite incredibly cramped seating areas the atmosphere is electric and almost unmatched to any other baseball stadium in the world. Species See text Hedera (English name ivy (plural, ivies) is a genus of about 10 species of climbing or ground-creeping evergreen woody plants in the family Araliaceae, native to the Atlantic Islands, Europe, North Africa and across Asia east to Japan. ...


Access

The Main Line (阪神本線, Hanshin Honsen) is a railway line of the Hanshin Electric Railway. ... Koshien Station (甲子園駅, -eki) is the nearest station to Hanshin Koshien Stadium on the Hanshin Main Line in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ...

External links

  • Hanshin Koshien Stadium (in Japanese)

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May 22, 2003 - Koshien Stadium - Carp vs Tigers (455 words)
It is the oldest stadium in use in Japanese pro baseball, opening in 1923.
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Outside the stadium, while adults, families and groups of friends file past to the free-to-enter outfield stands, large groups of high school students mill around the entrance to their designated cheering area, uniformed and awaiting orders.
When people think of Koshien, they picture brave boys with an unflinching resolve to give themselves to the team for nothing more than the glory of the game which is sometimes hard to square with the facts.
One of the enduring images of any day at Koshien is the winning team bounding over to their cheering section to celebrate while the losers cry bitter tears of defeat, beating the walls and falling to their knees, digging the sacred Koshien sand to remember their day by.
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