- Address: 2-2-2 Jigyohama, Fukuoka
- Country: Japan
- Capacity: 40,000
- Opened: 2 April 1993
- Main use: Baseball
- Tenants: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (baseball)
Extra stadium info – Fukuoka PayPay Dome
The construction of the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, which is named after a Japanese company that develops electronic payment services, started in 1991. It opened as one of the largest stadiums by capacity in Japan. The construction costs of the venue, which opened as the Fukuoka Dome, were ¥76 billion. It became Japan’s first stadium with a retractable roof. Several world famous artists performed at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, like Francis Albert Sinatra, John Francis Bongiovi, Madonna Louise Ciccone, Michael Joseph Jackson, Michael Philip Jagger and Whitney Elizabeth Houston.
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball club, one of the major baseball clubs from Asia, moved to the Fukuoka PayPay Dome in 1993. The club was founded in 1938 under a different name. The club which is currently known as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won the Japan Series in 1959 for the first time in their history. They won the title after beating the Yomiuri Giants in the 10th edition of the Japan Series.
Multiple Japan Series titles
In 2019, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won the Japan Series for the 10th time in their history after beating the Yomiuri Giants. The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks drew an average home attendance of 36,000 during that league season. The Yomiuri Giants became the first club with 10 Japan Series titles, followed by the Saitama Seibu Lions and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. In 2002, the Giants became the first club with 20 Japan Series titles after defeating the Saitama Seibu Lions.
The 2019 Japan Series
The 2019 Japan Series consisted of four games. The first two of those four games took place at the stadium which is currently known as the Fukuoka PayPay Dome. The first 2002 Japan Series match was won 7-2 by the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. A crowd of 37,000 showed up for the game. The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks also won the other three matches in the 2002 Japan Series.