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Red Sox and Athletics finally agree to 2008 season opener in Tokyo
2007-11-14 07:28
by Bob Timmermann

Boston will begin its defense of its World Series title in Tokyo against Oakland on March 25 and 26.

The Dodgers and Padres will play exhibition games in Beijing on March 15 and 16.

The linked story from states that the Tokyo Dome seats 55,000 fans. Which would be true if in Japan 55,000 is equal to about 40,000.


2007-11-14 07:45:01
1.   Xeifrank
Good luck with that guys. Have fun with that jet-lag and all. March 15-16 is prime dust storm season in Beijing. If you plan on attending, bring a mask. I was there last March and April and luckily we only had one dust storm and it wasn't too bad and actually blew alot of the silt and pollution away for a couple of days. vr, Xei
2007-11-14 08:18:10
2.   Elliot
Which team is losing a pair of home games?
2007-11-14 08:18:20
3.   bobsbrother
I think the strength of the yen vs. the dollar is the reason for the changing stadium capacity.
2007-11-14 08:22:34
4.   Xeifrank
2. Why wouldn't they split the home/road games? vr, Xei
2007-11-14 08:35:15
5.   Ken Arneson
2 ,4 It's probably two home games for the A's. Reason: home game revenues probably run like this:

Boston > Tokyo > Oakland

This way the A's make more money than they would have otherwise, and Boston doesn't make less.

2007-11-14 08:37:05
6.   Josh Wilker
As I understand the A's are the "home team" for both games in China.
2007-11-14 08:47:22
7.   kylepetterson
It holds 55,000 metric people, which is roughly 40,000 standard people. Do the math.
2007-11-14 08:52:13
8.   Bob Timmermann
42,761 seats is what Robert Whiting claims in his book "The Meaning of Ichiro."

There are supposedly 3,000 standing room places, but the way the stadium is constructed, it's really hard to figure out where you could stand and still see the game.

The second deck tapers down to just a few rows as you get into the corners. The bleachers aren't all that big.

There are a handful of seats on the field now, inside the protective fence for the spectators.

2007-11-14 09:59:59
9.   Sam DC
Nationals/Mets still likely (but not settled) for 3/30 US Opener.

2007-11-14 10:10:24
10.   Robert Daeley
8 I'm guessing they'll use those guys from the train stations who mash people into the cars. ;)
2007-11-14 10:11:30
11.   Woden325
Isn't Cincinnati supposed to traditionally get the honor of the first game of the season?
2007-11-14 10:13:42
12.   Bob Timmermann
That hasn't happened for about 10 years and Cincinnati's "tradition" of playing the first game was overplayed by Marge Schott.

For a long time, the major league opener was played in Washington with the President throwing out the first pitch.

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