Thursday, June 29, 2017 PRESS RELEASE
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters announce
new ballpark concept
NH Foods Ltd.
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co., Ltd.
NH Foods Ltd. (head office: Osaka City, Osaka; President: Juichi Suezawa; hereinafter “NH Foods”) and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co., Ltd. (head office: Sapporo City, Hokkaido; President: Kenso Takeda, hereinafter “the Fighters”) have been conducting necessary studies from diversified points of views on building a new ballpark through the task force created on December the 19th, 2016. Today, NH Foods and the Fighters announced basic concept for the new ballpark project (the details are as follows) based on the discussion at the task force, and agreed to continue to assess the feasibility of the project.
RE: New Ballpark Plans
In line with its five CSR material issues, Nipponham Group values the statement “supporting mental and physical well-being through food and sport” in order to contribute to making healthy bodies and minds.
The Fighters prize communication with fans and are actively engaged in developing various community events and offering solutions to social issues in order to achieve a goal of building a "Sports Community" in Hokkaido.
Nipponham Group will continue to take on a challenge to deliver added value to the community through ballpark-centered urban development in cooperation with various stakeholders such as local governments, corporations and fans.
2. Concept: Creating a Space representing Hokkaido
NH Foods and the Fighters will develop a ballpark that promotes public health through food and sports, and fosters pride and affection toward Hokkaido.
NH Foods and the Fighters will seek to develop “Co-Creative Space” where diversified communities grow by themselves together with the partners who have expertise and insights in various business areas.
The new venue's goal is to become “Number one ballpark in Asia” that maximizes players' performance on the field and international competitiveness as a live entertainment district.
Comments from the Fighters
“I'm very pleased that we were able to take a first step to our grand dream since I would assume there have been a lot of challenges to overcome until today. We would appreciate a continuous support from fans since we will need to think out of the box to achieve our ambition. I'm very thrilled with this endeavor and we will compete as hard as possible to deserve it.”(Hideki Kuriyama, Manager)
“Players believe that the new ballpark will take us to another level in sport in Japan and we are competing on the field to the full extent of our power to earn it. We are proud of being a part of the epoch-making project and would love to continue to actively get involved with it.”(Shota Ohno, Player Representative)
■ Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co., Ltd. Public Relations
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