Home of the Orix Buffaloes* (Team Page)
Also Known As: Osaka Dome
Opened in: 1997
Stadium Capacity: 36,146
Dimensions: LF & RF: 100 m (328 ft) / CF: 122 m (400 ft)
Description: The Buffaloes play most of their games in a very standard domed stadium (although, from the inside, it kind of looks like a spaceship!). It is conveniently located (walking distance from JR, Hanshin and subway lines), but does not offer a particularly spirited atmosphere, or even sell the most interesting of stadium food. Games are quite poorly attended, although the fans in the outfield stands are boisterous and loyal.
For several series each season, the team makes appearances at the old playing grounds of the BlueWave in western Kobe. Hotto Motto Field seats 35,000 people, is surrounded by beautiful forestry, and features a natural grass field. Access is slightly inconvenient (20 minutes on the subway from downtown Kobe, plus a 5-minute walk from the station) and there is not much excitement around the stadium, even on game days.
*The Hanshin Tigers also play some home games at the Osaka Dome when they are displaced due to the spring and summer Koshien high school baseball tournaments. They typically will play one home series in Osaka in late March/early April and then a couple more in August, for a total of 8-9 games.