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Stadium Name Skymark Stadium
Location Kobe Sogo Undo Koen, Midoridai, Suma-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Opened March 6, 1988
Capacity 35,000
Dimensions LF325, LC384, CF400, RC384, RF325
Surface Grass
Name Changes Green Stadium Kobe (1988-2002), Yahoo! BB Stadium (2003-2004), Skymark Stadium (2005- )

Club Orix BlueWave
League Pacific League

Ticket prices
(Japanese Yen)
Field Reserved 7,000; Backstop Reserved 6,000; Live Reserved 4,000; A Seat 3,400; B Seat 2,500 adults, 1,200 children; Balcony Seat 3,500; General admission 2,000 adults, 1,000 children; Bleachers 1,500 adults, 200 children
Getting there 1 minuite walk from Sogo Undo Koen Subway Station.

Green Stadium Kobe

Yahoo! BB Stadium is the first ballpark in Japan, which sold its naming rights in 2003. Skymark Airlines acquired the naming rights from SoftBank, when the IT corporation became the owner of the Hawks in 2005. The original name of the stadium is "Green Stadium Kobe". Actually it stands in the center of Sogo Undo Koen, Sports Complex Park, surrounded by a lot of greenery.

Since the Hankyu Braves was puchased by Orix Corporation in 1989 and move to Kobe from Osaka, they have been trying to make this stadium with an atmosphere similar to MLB ballparks.

For example, a stadium DJ is male, otherwise all the other major ballparks in Japan hire female announcer. But, to tell the truth, I feel a little qurious hearing the players' name called in English. Here is Japan, isn't it?

Infield was covered by natural turf in 2000. In 2003 they installed "Field Seats" near the first and the third base, which has neither fence nor net and so close to the playing field that you may have many chances to get faul balls.

There are various consession stands along the consource. Taste and flavor of hot dogs are as almost same as those of ballparks in US.

Despite recent frequent small attendance, Skamark Stadium is one of the best ballpark in Japan.

Orix Buffaloes   (Orix BlueWave)

BlueWave outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was seven-time consecutive batting champion in Pacific League, 1994-2000. As you know, he flew to northern west coast of US, Seattle, the next year and won 2001 rookie of the year and MVP in AL.

Yutaka Fukumoto, who has not flew to US, was also world class level outfielder. He won 13 consecutive titles in steals, 1970-1982, and was lifetime world recordholder until Ricky Henderson stole 1,066th in 1993.

Another outfielder Masafumi Yamamori was less famous, however "Yamamori's Catch" was inducted to the Hall of Fame. In a game in 1981 he quickly climbed up to the top of left field fence, and catch the homerun ball. The photo of this tremendous play is displayed at Cooperstown.

1994-1995 off-season, a gigantic earthquake attacked Kobe area, in which 6,432 people were killed. After this tragic disaster, BlueWave played with the "Ganbaro! Kobe" patch, which means "Hang in there! Kobe" in English, on their shoulders. Then they won 1995 PL pennant and 1996 Japan Series.

Franchise Established January 23, 1936
Club Changes Hankyu (1936-1946), Hankyu Braves (1947-1988), Orix Braves (1989-1990), Orix BlueWave (1991-2004), Orix Buffaloes (2005- )
League Titles '67, '68, '69, '71, '72, '76, '77, '78, '84, '95, '96
(Years in bald indicate Japan Series Champions)
Parent Company Orix (Financial Services)

Ballpark Rating

   4 riceballs




Last Updated : June 15, 2003

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