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The Big Egg, Tokyo Big Egg
|Location||3, Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Owner||Tokyo Dome Corporation (part of the DKB Group)|
|Field size||Facility Capacity Area
Site: 112,456 m2 (27.788 acres)
|Opened||March 17, 1988|
|Architect||Takenaka Corporation, Nikken Sekkei|
|Yomiuri Giants (NPB (Central League)) (1988–present)|
Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB (Pacific League)) (1988–2003)
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 57,000 depending on configuration, with an all-seating configuration of 42,000.
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 supported by slightly pressurizing the inside of the stadium.
It became the first Japanese venue with an American football attendance above 50,000.
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.
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.
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. 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. She holds the record for the most number of sold-out 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, who 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. This record was later surpassed by Japanese rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel.
Superstar Michael Jackson performed 21 concerts during his 3 solo world tours (more than any others artists). In 1988, for his Bad World Tour Jackson performed 9 concerts on December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 in front of 405,000 people (45,000 per show). In 1992, for his Dangerous World Tour, 8 concerts on December 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 24, 30 and 31 in front of 360,000 people (45,000 per show) and in 1996, for his HIStory World Tour, 4 concerts on December 13, 15, 17 and 20 (180,000 people, 45,000 per show).
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.
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.
Japanese multi-genre band Judy and Mary performed on 7 & 8 March 2001 as their final performances as a band in support of their final album Warp. The 8 March 2001 concert was recorded for VHS and DVD and at 140 minutes was the longest concert Judy and Mary had performed.[circular reference]
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, 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.
In 2002, Britney Spears had a sold out show at the Dome.
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.
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.
Electronic J-pop band Perfume performed one concert on 3 November 2010 titled "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11" to mark their 10th going into 11th year as a band. Perfume was the second ever girl group after Speed to perform in Tokyo Dome.
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.
On December 2011, Japanese voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki became the first ever voice actress/voice actor to perform at Tokyo Dome, performing December 3–4 to a total crowd of 80,000 fans for Live Castle 2011 Queen & King. She later held another 2 day concert called Live Galaxy Genesis & Frontier there in April 2016 to a total crowd of 80,000 fans, still remaining the only voice actress to perform there under her own name.
In 2012, Korean boy group Super Junior performed on May 12 and 13 at Tokyo Dome for their Super Show 4 world concert tour. 110,000 fans filled the venue. 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 and 28, Super Junior was able to bring approximately 110,468 audience. 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. In 2018 Super Junior returned to Tokyo Dome after four years with their Super Show 7 World Tour on November 30 and December 1.
In December 2012, Korean boy group Big Bang performed at Tokyo Dome for their Alive Tour. 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. In 2014, they returned to Tokyo for their X Tour and performed for 3 days bringing in 150,000 fans.
In 2014, Girls' Generation performed their successful solo concert at the Tokyo Dome on December 9, 2014 and became the second Korean girl group to perform at the Dome. The concert sold out all 55,000 seats.
SHINee closed out their successful "SHINee World 2014 ~ I’m Your Boy" at the Tokyo Dome, making it the group's first Tokyo Dome concert. The event was held over 2 nights on March 14–15. Each night of the concert lasted almost 3 hours with over 25 songs performed.
In 2016, a group called μ's, which belongs to Japanese multimedia project LoveLive! performed for approximately 250,000 fans at Tokyo Dome and live viewing from 31 March to 1 April 2016 for their final live show titled "μ's Final LoveLive!μ'sic Forever". Live viewing of the event was made throughout Japan and 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries, with 221 from Japan and 30 from 10 other Asia and Oceanic countries.
A group called Aqours, which belongs to Japanese multimedia project LoveLive! Sunshine!! performed their 4th live titled "Aqours 4th LoveLive! ～Sailing to the Sunshine～" on 17 and 18 November 2018 to ~60,000 fans for each day with more watching at live viewings across Japan and other Asian countries.
Taylor Swift played two sold out nights at the Tokyo Dome for the final two shows of her Reputation Stadium Tour with Charli XCX as the support act on November 20 and 21 2018 in front of a crowd of 100,109 people.
In 2018 BTS begun their BTS World Tour: Love Yourself Japanese leg at the Tokyo Dome on November 13 and 14. The group successfully performed in front of a sold-out crowd both nights with 30 set-list songs on each show.
In 2019 Twice performed for two days at the Tokyo Dome as part of their ”#Dreamday Dome Tour” on March 29 and 30. They are the third Korean girl group after Kara and Girls' Generation to perform at the dome and the first Korean girl group to hold a dome tour. Both shows combined sold out 100,000 seats in 1 minute.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling has held a flagship professional wrestling event at Tokyo Dome, currently titled Wrestle Kingdom, on January 4 of each year. The event is the biggest in Japanese professional wrestling, and has been compared to the U.S. event WrestleMania in terms of size and significance. Other companies such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH and WWE had previously done major events in the Tokyo Dome as well.
In boxing, Mike Tyson fought twice in Tokyo Dome — a successful undisputed title defense against Tony Tubbs in 1988, and in a loss considered to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990.
The Tokyo Dome has held various Major League Baseball games to open the seasons, with the first series—a two-game slate between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in season—being the first time American MLB teams have played regular season games in Asia. Four years later, the New York Yankees, featuring former Yomiuri Giants slugger/outfielder Hideki Matsui in their lineup, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays played two games in the stadium to start the 2004 season. The Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics opened the 2008 MLB season in Japan, and also competed against Japanese teams. To open the 2012 season the Seattle Mariners and the Athletics, the former of which had Ichiro Suzuki, 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. The Mariners and Athletics returned to the Tokyo Dome to begin the 2019 Major League Baseball season, with Ichiro retiring from professional baseball after the second game.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Attendance|
|March 29, 2000||Chicago Cubs||5–3||New York Mets||55,000|
|March 30, 2000||New York Mets||5–1||Chicago Cubs||55,000|
|March 30, 2004||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||8–3||New York Yankees||55,000|
|March 31, 2004||New York Yankees||12–1||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55,000|
|March 25, 2008||Boston Red Sox||6–5||Oakland Athletics||44,628|
|March 26, 2008||Oakland Athletics||5–1||Boston Red Sox||44,735|
|March 28, 2012||Seattle Mariners||3–1||Oakland Athletics||44,227|
|March 29, 2012||Oakland Athletics||4–1||Seattle Mariners||43,391|
|March 20, 2019||Seattle Mariners||9–7||Oakland Athletics||45,787|
|March 21, 2019||Seattle Mariners||5–4||Oakland Athletics||46,451|
As part of the American Bowl, the Tokyo Dome held 13 National Football League preseason games between 1989 and 2005. In the 1996 game between the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers, three Japanese linebackers – Takuro Abe, Shigemasa Ito, and Takahiro Ikenoue of the World League of American Football – became the first Japanese players to participate in an NFL game; Abe and Ito sporadically appeared on special teams for the Chargers, while Ikenoue was part of the Steelers' defense.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Attendance|
|August 6, 1989||Los Angeles Rams||16–13
|San Francisco 49ers||43,896|
|August 5, 1990||Denver Broncos||10–7||Seattle Seahawks||48,827|
|August 4, 1991||Miami Dolphins||19–17||Los Angeles Raiders||-|
|August 2, 1992||Houston Oilers||34–23||Dallas Cowboys||-|
|August 1, 1993||New Orleans Saints||28–16||Philadelphia Eagles||-|
|August 7, 1994||Minnesota Vikings||17–9||Kansas City Chiefs||49,555|
|August 6, 1995||Denver Broncos||24–10||San Francisco 49ers||-|
|July 28, 1996||San Diego Chargers||20–10||Pittsburgh Steelers||-|
|August 2, 1998||Green Bay Packers||27–24
|Kansas City Chiefs||42,018|
|August 6, 2000||Atlanta Falcons||27–24||Dallas Cowboys||-|
|August 2, 2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30–14||New York Jets||-|
|August 6, 2005||Atlanta Falcons||27–21||Indianapolis Colts||45,203|
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