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Yakult Swallows home ballpark:
Meiji Jingu Stadium

Built in 1926, Jingu Stadium has been home of the Swallows since the Sankei Newspaper chain purchased the team in 1964 and moved them to the central Tokyo ballpark. Yakult (Japanese character)But it wasn't until after the Yakult health beverage company bought the team that the Swallows played their first Japan Series in the aging park.

In the early 1980s, the grass hill beyond the outfield wall was replaced with blue bleachers and artificial turf was installed on the playing field. Today, Jingu Stadium seats over 48,000 spectators and features the only scoreboard in Japan that lists each player's home run total and batting average for the duration of the game.

Meiji Jingu Stadium

Links: Turning the page . . .

Review: Review of Meiji Jingu Stadium.
Jingu Map: Directions to Tokyo's oldest ballpark.
Tickets: Jingu's tickets are still quite cheap.
Scoreboard: How to read a Japanese scoreboard.
Autographs: Hunting for autographs around Jingu.
Ballpark phrases: Buy tickets, find your seat, and more.
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