|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (September 2013)|
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|Location||3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Opened||March 17, 1988|
|Owner||Tokyo Dome Corporation|
|Surface||Astroturf (1988 to 2002)
|Capacity||55,000 (baseball), 42,000 (seated in standard configuration)|
Facility Capacity Area1 Site: 112,456 m2 (27.79 acres)
|Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1988–2003)|
The Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム Tōkyō Dōmu, TYO: 9681) is a 55,000-seat (actual all-seating capacity of 42,000) baseball stadium located in Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo, Japan. Construction on the stadium began on May 16, 1985, and it opened for business on March 17, 1988. It was built on the site of the Velodrome, which was next door to the site of the predecessor ballpark, Kōrakuen Stadium. Like Kōrakuen, the Dome hosts the Toei Superheroes live shows of the year.
Tokyo Dome's original nickname was "The Big Egg", with some calling it the "Tokyo Big Egg". Its dome-shaped roof is an air-supported structure, a flexible membrane held up by slightly pressurizing the inside of the stadium.
It is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, and has also hosted basketball, American football and association football games, as well as puroresu (pro-wrestling) matches, mixed martial arts events, kickboxing events, monster truck races, and music concerts. It is also the location of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame which chronicles the history of baseball in Japan.
Under the ground rules set up by the dome, any ball which hits or is trapped by the hanging items in outfield area's roof will be ruled as home runs. Hitting any other part of the roof will be considered as in-play. In addition, prize money will be given out if any home run hits the advertisement boards in the scoreboard.citation needed
Tokyo Dome is part of a greater entertainment complex known as Tokyo Dome City, built of the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal. Tokyo Dome City includes an amusement park and Tokyo Dome City Attractions (formerly Kōrakuen Grounds). This amusement park occupies the former Korakuen Stadium site and includes a roller coaster named Thunder Dolphin and a hubless Ferris wheel. The grounds also have an onsen called Spa LaQua, various shops, restaurants, video game centers, the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo, and Oft Korakuen, which caters to rural horse races.
- "TOKYO DOME CITY WEB SITE Architectural Features". Retrieved 2008-03-26.
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