Sapporo Dome

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Sapporo Dome
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Sapporo Dome
LocationHitsujigaoka 1, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Public transit Sapporo Municipal Subway :
Subway SapporoToho.svg Tōhō Line at Fukuzumi
OwnerSapporo City
OperatorSapporo Dome Co.,Ltd.
Capacity 41,484 (football) [1]
42,270 (baseball) [2]
Field sizeLeft Field – 100 m (328.1 ft)
Center Field – 122 m (400.3 ft)
Right Field – 100 m (328.1 ft)
Backstop – 25 m (82 ft)
Height of Outfield Fence – 5.75 m (18.9 ft)
OpenedJune 3, 2001
Architect Hiroshi Hara

Sapporo Dome (札幌ドーム, Sapporo Dōmu) is a stadium located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, and is primarily used for baseball and association football. It is the home field of the baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the association football club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. It is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics, [4] was the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games, and was used for 2 matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. [5] The stadium was previously a venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.


Sapporo Dome in Winter SapporoDome2004-2.jpg
Sapporo Dome in Winter

Sapporo Dome opened in 2001 with 41,580 seats. The stadium hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Germany vs Saudi Arabia, Argentina vs England and Italy vs Ecuador; all three matches were in the first round.

The Dome hosted the opening ceremonies of the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on February 22 and hosted the closing ceremonies of the championships on March 4. It also made history as being the first venue where both indoor and nighttime skiing events took place for the first time on a world championship or Winter Olympic Games level with competitions in the cross-country skiing sprints (men's and women's individual, and men's and women's team) and the cross-country portion of the 7.5 km sprint event in the Nordic combined. In order to generate snow, the stadium used its turf conversion hovering system to facilitate the snow making process for the skiing competitions. [6] The opening ceremony featured Maki Ohguro, a local artist from Sapporo, Japanese drum demonstrations and other performances paying tributes to local customs and traditions. [6] For the championships, seating capacity was reduced to 30,000. [6]

The Dome was used as a super special stage in Rally Japan in both 2008 and 2010.

In late 2009, renovations with the possibility of increasing the capacity up to 53,796 were finished. These renovations also included space for more food outlets, an extra video screen, two extra changing rooms (to accommodate preseason matches in the NFL International Series, which have up to 75 players per team) and further media area as part of new office buildings attached to the stadium. As part of these renovations, the surface area of the arena itself was decreased to allow for more seating.

Retractable surface

The Dome switches between two entirely different surfaces: Baseball games are played on an underlying artificial turf field, while association football games are held on a grass pitch that slides into and out of the stadium as needed.

Conversion from baseball to football begins with the storage of the baseball field's artificial turf. Once finished, a set of lower bowl bleachers rotate from an angled position for baseball to a parallel position. A set of main bowl seats on one end of the dome then retracts, and the football pitch is slid into the stadium. The lower bowl is then rotated 90 degrees. Conversion from football to baseball occurs in reverse. Due to the retraction of seats, the Stadium has a capacity of 40,476 for baseball games.

Other stadiums that feature sliding pitches include the GelreDome in the Netherlands, Veltins-Arena in Germany, the split pitch of London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, United States; however, unlike these four facilities, the Sapporo Dome has a fixed roof.



Major sports matches

2002 FIFA World Cup

DateTeam 1ResultTeam 2RoundAttendance
1 June 2002Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8–0Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Group E 32,218
3 June 2002Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2–0Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Group G 31,081
7 June 2002Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0–1Flag of England.svg  England Group F 35,927

2019 Rugby World Cup

DateTime (JST)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundAttendance
21 September 201913:45Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 39–21Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Pool D 36,482
22 September 201919:15Flag of England.svg  England 35–3Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Pool C 35,923

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Other domed stadiums in Japan:

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