Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome
The Big Egg, Tokyo Big Egg
Tokyo Dome
Location 3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°42′20″N 139°45′07″E / 35.705658°N 139.751914°E / 35.705658; 139.751914
Public transit Tokyo Metro:
Marunouchi Line and Namboku Line at Kōrakuen
Toei Subway:
Mita Line and Ōedo Line at Kasuga
Owner Tokyo Dome Corporation
Capacity 42,000–55,000 (event)[1]
46,000[2] (baseball)
Field size

Facility Capacity Area[3] Site: 112,456 m2 (27.788 acres)
Building: 46,755 m2 (503,270 sq ft)
Field: 13,000 m2 (140,000 sq ft)
Right, Left: 100 m (328 ft)
Center: 122 m (400 ft)

Capacity: 1,240,000 m3 (43.8 million cubic feet)
Surface Astroturf (1988 to 2002)
FieldTurf (2002–present)
Opened March 17, 1988

Yomiuri Giants (NPB (Central League)) (1988–present)

Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1988–2003)[4]

Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム Tōkyō Dōmu, TYO: 9681) is a stadium in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. Construction on the stadium began on May 16, 1985, and it opened on March 17, 1988. It was built on the site of the Velodrome, adjacent to the predecessor ballpark, Kōrakuen Stadium. It has a maximum total capacity of 55,000 depending on configuration, with an all-seating configuration of 42,000.[4][5][6]

Tokyo Dome's original nickname was "The Big Egg", with some calling it the "Tokyo Big Egg". Its dome-shaped roof is an air-supported structure, a flexible membrane held up by slightly pressurizing the inside of the stadium.

It is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, and has also hosted music concerts, basketball, American football and association football games, as well as puroresu (pro-wrestling) matches, mixed martial arts events, kickboxing events, and monster truck races. It is also the location of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame which chronicles the history of baseball in Japan.

The Tokyo dome was developed by Nikken Sekkei and Takenaka Corporation.

Tokyo Dome City

Main article: Tokyo Dome City

Tokyo Dome is part of a greater entertainment complex known as Tokyo Dome City, built of the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal. Tokyo Dome City includes an amusement park and Tokyo Dome City Attractions (formerly Kōrakuen Grounds). This amusement park occupies the former Korakuen Stadium site and includes a roller coaster named Thunder Dolphin and a hubless Ferris wheel. The grounds also have an onsen called Spa LaQua, various shops, restaurants, video game centers, the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo, and Oft Korakuen, which caters to rural horse races.

Notable performances

Tokyo Dome at night

Mariah Carey's three sold out shows at the Dome during her 1996 Daydream World Tour on March 7, 10 and 14 set records when all 150,000 tickets sold in under 3 hours. She later performed at the Dome for 4 nights during her 1998 Butterfly World Tour on January 11, 14, 17, 20 and 2 nights during her 2000 Rainbow World Tour on March 7 and 9. Overall, Carey performed at the Tokyo Dome 9 sold out concerts to date.[7] She holds the record for the most number of shows performed at the venue for a female solo artist, both in her country of origin and international. The second is Janet Jackson with a total of 8 shows. Mick Jagger was the first international act to play in the Tokyo Dome on March 22 and 23, 1988. Bon Jovi followed suit and played at the Tokyo Dome on 31 December 1988. The band has since performed total of 19 concerts at Tokyo Dome, most recently in 2010 as part of The Circle Tour. American singer Janet Jackson performed at the Dome in 1990, selling out four shows in 7 minutes, setting a record for the fastest sellout in the history of Tokyo Dome.[8] This record was later surpassed by Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel.[7] The stadium played host to Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Benefit Concert on September 27, 1988.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed for six nights in March 1990 during the Paul McCartney World Tour, 3 nights in November 1993 during The New World Tour, and three nights in November 2002 during the Driving Japan Tour leg of his Driving World Tour. After an 11-year absence in Japan, he performed again in the Tokyo Dome for three nights in November 2013 and another 3 nights in April 2015 during the Out There! Tour, for a total of 18 performances at the venue.

Rock band Guns N' Roses performed six concerts at the stadium during their Use Your Illusion Tour, with the February 22, 1992 show being recorded and released on VHS/DVD as Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

The Rolling Stones performed 10 concerts at the stadium during Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour, later they performed seven concerts during the Voodoo Lounge Tour in 1995. The band returned to Japan in 1998 to play four more concerts, part of the Bridges to Babylon Tour then again in 2003, for 2 more concerts were held at the dome during Licks Tour. After three years, the band returned in 2006 to perform two more shows at the venue as part of their A Bigger Bang Tour. They returned again in February/March 2014 to perform three more shows as part of their 14 On Fire tour.

American singer Michael Jackson was one of the highest performers at the dome, with a total of 22 concerts. The first nine of them, all sold out, on December 9, 10 & 11; 17, 18 & 19; and 24, 25 & 26, 1988, during his Bad World Tour. Four years later, Jackson returned to perform at Tokyo Dome, this time as part of his Dangerous World Tour, in eight sold-out concerts, on December 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 30 & 31, 1992. His last five concerts took place in 1996, on December 12, 15, 17, 20 and 22 of that year, during Michael's HIStory World Tour.

American singer Prince performed at the dome 6 times between 1989 and 1992 of which every single concert was recorded.[9] In addition, Prince's The Continental music video was filmed in the dome off of his 1992 album Love Symbol.

Heavy metal band X Japan has performed at Tokyo Dome many times, including their last concert with former bassist Taiji on January 7, 1992 (On the Verge of Destruction 1992.1.7 Tokyo Dome Live) and their last concert before disbanding on December 31, 1997 (The Last Live Video). The arena also hosted their first concerts after reuniting in 2007; March 28–30, 2008.[10]

Yellow Magic Orchestra played two sold out concerts at the arena on June 10–11, 1993. This was their only two concerts since their dissolution in 1983 and would be their last until their reformation in 2007.[11]

American recording artist Britney Spears performed at the Tokyo Dome as part of her Dream Within a Dream Tour on April 25, 2002. At 20 years old, Spears became the youngest solo artist to perform at the venue.

Madonna performed at Tokyo Dome seven times, the first time in 1993 with five sold-out shows at dome on December 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 during her The Girlie Show Tour,[12] Thirteen years later, Madonna returned to perform at Tokyo Dome with two sold out shows in front of 71,231 fans at the venue on September 20 and 21, 2006, as part of her Confessions Tour.[13]

Rain was the first Korean artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome. His concert at the Tokyo Dome on May 25, 2007 attracted nearly 45,000 people.[14]

On July 22, 2007, Kinki Kids held their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome, which drew a crowd of about 67,000 fans, making it the biggest concert ever held at the Dome. The record was previously held by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 1992 when his concert drew an audience of 65,000.[15]

On December 22, 2007, Hey! Say! JUMP held their debut concert Hey! Say! JUMP Debut & First Concert Ikinari! in Tokyo Dome. They became the youngest group ever to perform in Tokyo Dome with the average age of 15.7 years old.[16]

In July 2009, TVXQ, the first Korean Group who performed in Tokyo dome, played the last two shows of their 4th Live Tour 2009: The Secret Code at the Tokyo Dome.[17] To date, the group have held a total of 19 shows. They were able to attract 110,000 fans on their final concert held at Tokyo Dome.

Rock band Luna Sea held a one night reunion concert titled "God Bless You ~One Night Dejavu~" on December 24, 2007.[18]

In December 2010, Luna Sea performed three consecutive days at the arena during their "20th Anniversary World Tour Reboot -to the New Moon-" limited reunion world tour. The first two (sold out) concerts on December 23–24 were a formal part of the tour, where they performed their popular songs as well as two new ones. The last day, December 25, was a free, black clothing only, concert titled "Lunacy Kurofuku Gentei Gig ~the Holy Night~" with an attendance of 50,000 people, chosen out of the 500,000 applicants where they played only older material.[19]

Visual Kei group The Gazette performed at the Tokyo Dome for first time on December 26, 2010, as part of their Nameless Liberty Six Bullets tour.

On December 3 and 4, 2011, Japanese voice actress Nana Mizuki became the first voice actress-singer to perform at the Tokyo Dome, with her concert titled Live Castle-Queen & King, as a celebration of her 10th anniversary.

On May 2012, Korean group Super Junior performed at Tokyo Dome for their Super Show 4 world concert tour. It was the first time that the group performed at the Tokyo Dome. Super Junior performed at Tokyo Dome for two nights from May 12–13 part of their world tour‘Super Show 4’along with 110,000 fans filling up the entire venue forming their signature sapphire blue ocean.[20] Following their successful Super Show 4 during the previous year, Super Junior held their concert for their 2013 Super Show 5 world tour at Tokyo Dome. With their two-day tour on July 27–28, 2013, Super Junior was able to bring approximately 110,468 audience.[21] Super Junior again held a concert at the Tokyo Dome for their third world concert tour, Super Show 6 in October 2014. There were an estimated 112,388 fans who attended the concert.[22]

In December 2012, Big Bang performed at Tokyo Dome for their Alive Tour.[23] After successfully performing for 55,000 audience in 2012 they returned to Tokyo in 2013 for their Japan Dome Tour and bringing in 152,420 fans for a 3-day concert.[24] In 2014 they returned to Tokyo for their X Tour and performed for 3 days bringing in 150,000 fans[25]

On April 2013, 2PM held the two night Legend of 2PM in Tokyo Dome concert. All 55,000 seats for both days were sold out, making it 110,000 fans in total.[26]

The group Kara was the first Korean girl group to perform at the Tokyo Dome in 2013. The concert sold out all 45,000 tickets within five minutes.[27]

Van Halen's June 21, 2013 performance at the Tokyo Dome was recorded for the live album Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, released in March 2015.

Girls' Generation performed their solo concert at the Tokyo Dome on December 9, 2014. They are the second Korean girl group after Kara to perform at the Dome.[28][29]

Taylor Swift performed two sold out shows in front of 100,320 fans at the venue on May 5 and 6, 2015, as part of her The 1989 World Tour.[30]

In 2015, South Korean boy band Exo performed three sold out shows in front of 150,000 fans at Tokyo Dome from November 6 to November 8 as part of their Exo Planet #2 - The Exo'luxion world tour.[31]

In 2016, a 2.5 次元 idol group, μ's from「LoveLive!」performed for approximately 110,000 fans at Tokyo Dome from 31 March to 1 April 2016 for their final live, titled「μ's Final LoveLive!μ'sic Forever」. Live viewing of the event was also made throughout Japan and 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries.[32] This was the first anisong live event at Tokyo Dome.

On April 9 & 10, 2016, Japanese voice actress-singer Nana Mizuki returned to the Tokyo Dome, 4 years and 4 months after her first stint there. The concert was titled Live Galaxy - Genesis and Frontier. She is still the only voice actress-singer to perform there.

On September 19, and September 20, 2016, kawaii metal group, Babymetal performed 2 sold out shows at the Tokyo Dome, their final concerts of Babymetal's Legend-Resistance 2016 World Tour performing for 110,000 people. Babymetal is also the youngest rock band to ever perform at the dome.

Coldplay will perform at the venue on April 19, 2017, as part of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour.

Notable events

Tokyo Dome

In professional wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling has run the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show, currently promoted as Wrestle Kingdom, every year since 1992. The event is the biggest in puroresu, and roughly analogous to WrestleMania in the United States.

The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets played a pair of games here to open the 2000 season, the first time American Major League Baseball teams have played regular season games in Asia. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays played two games there in March of 2004 to open that season. The Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics opened the 2008 MLB season in Japan as well. These teams also competed against Japanese teams.[33] The Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6–5 in extra innings in the first game.[34] To open the 2012 MLB season the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A's played a two-game series on March 28–29. In game one Seattle led by Ichiro's 4 hits won 3-1 in 11 innings.[35]

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