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Stadium Dome Osaka Dome
Sponsored Name Kyocera Dome Osaka (2006-)
Location 3-Naka 2-1, Chiyozaki, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Opened March 1, 1997
Capacity 36,146
Dimensions LF:328ft (100m), CF:400ft (122m), RF:328ft (100m)
Surface Artificial Turf

Club Orix Buffaloes
League Pacific League

Getting there 7 minutes walk from JR Taisho Station; 2 minutes walk from Osaka Dome Mae-Chiyozaki Subway Station.

Takoyaki Dome

Takoyaki is one of the most popular light food, espesially in Osaka area. So you can find a Takoyaki stand at every street corner in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan.

Takoyaki, octopus balls, include a piece of boiled octopus in each of them. Size of a octpus ball is not like a baseball. It's a little smaller than a golf ball.

The feature of the stadium is the roof. It's not retractable, but movable. "The Super-Ring", a name of this roof, can go up and down for sound effects of all kinds of concerts, not for baseball games.

You may feel a little brighter than any other domed stadium, probably because of its lightblue fences.

The exterior is so curious. Some say it's like a octopus itself or a Takoyaki ball with shaved fish. Nobody knows exactly why this stadium is nicknamed "Takoyaki Dome".

Anyway, try Takoyaki with putting Worcetershire sauce or mayonnais on some dried shaved bonito at Osaka Dome, it's very delicious!

Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are the only professional baseball club that have not won Japan Series.

It was 1989, when they almost swept the Series. After the first three straight win, the winning pitcher "Big Mouth" Kato said that the Yomiuri Giants, the CL Champions that year, were worse than Lotte that finished last in PL. Kato's comment made the Giants angry, and finally Kintetsu had lost four games cosecutively.

Although Ex-manager of the Indians Charlie Manuel won HR titles in '79 and '80, and former Major Leager Tuffy Rhodes tied the Japan Season HR record "55" in 2001, Sadaharu Oh made in '64, the Baffaloes had lost all those Japan Series.

Franchise Established November 22, 1949,  dissolved and merged into Orix Buffaloes in 2005
Club Changes Kintetsu Pearls (1950-1958), Kintetsu Buffalo (1959-1961), Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962-1998), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999-2004)
League Titles '79, '80, '89, '01
(They have not won Japan Series Chamions yet)
Parent Company Kinki Nippon Railway

Ballpark Rating

   1 riceball




Last Updated : Februaly 9, 2003

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