Monday, November 5, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Announcement on New Ballpark Construction

NH Foods Ltd.
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co. Ltd.
Hokkaido Ballpark Corporation

NH Foods Ltd. (headquarters: Osaka City, Osaka; President: Yoshihide Hata; hereinafter “NH Foods”), Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Sapporo City, Hokkaido; President: Kenso Takeda, hereinafter “the Fighters”) and Hokkaido Ballpark Corporation (headqaurters: Sapporo City, Hokkaido; President: Kaname Fukuda, hereinafter “the Hokkaido Ballpark”) have continued to conduct necessary studies from diversified points of views on building a new ballpark since the proposed construction site was decided on March 26th, 2018. After thorough consideration, NH Foods, the Fighters and the Hokkaido Ballpark officially decided to proceed their plans to develop the New Ballpark by March in 2023.

1. Name

Hokkaido Ballpark (Tentative)

2. Construction Site

Kyoei, Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido (Kitahiroshima Sports Park)

3. New Ballpark Overview

Construction Cost: approx. 60 Billion JPY (including equipments inside the Ballpark and exterior finishings)

Surface: Natural Grass

Roof: Retractable

Building Area: approx. 50,000㎡ (538,196 square feet)

Total Floor Area: approx. 100,000㎡ (1,076,391 square feet)

Capacity: approx. 35,000

Structure: Reinforced Concrete, Steel

Number of Floors: 4 stories above ground and 1 below

4. Project Owner and Contractor

Project Owner: NH Foods Group-led New Ballpark holding and operating company
(to be established in autumn of 2019 *1)

PM/CM: Yamashita PMC Inc.

Contractor: Obayashi Corporation and HKS, Inc. (Design-build)

5. Planned Construction Schedule

2018 NOV. Design Development and Architectural Design

2020 Spring Groundbreaking

2023 Jan. Completion of Construction

2023 Mar. Opening

6. Concept

“Creating a place representing Hokkaido”

NH Foods, the Fighters and the Hokkaido Ballpark will develop a ballpark that promotes public health through food and sports, and fosters pride and affection toward Hokkaido.

7. Renderings

The new venue’s goal is to establish “a ballpark the world has never seen before” that maximizes players’ performance on the field and international competitiveness as a live entertainment district.

Fostering an overwhelming sense of openness by the signature Glass Wall

Realizing a natural grass field by installing retractable roof system

An architecture blending with the surrounding nature

*1: The New Ballpark holding and operating company is expected to have over 20 Bil JPY in capital. 66.7% stake will be held by NH Foods Group, and the remaining 33.3% is expected to be acquired by external partner(s). The Fighters will be the largest stockholder of the company.

Obayashi Corporation, founded in 1892, has always relied on its DNA of honest craftsmanship and technology, constructing buildings and infrastructure emblematic of their eras. Received order of the Tokyo Central Station (currently Tokyo Station) construction in 1911, we have taken part in the rebuilding of the main tower of Osaka Castle, as well as the construction of Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, and TOKYO SKYTREE®︎. For sports related facilities, some of our successful major projects are Hanshin Koshien Stadium, Kyocera Dome Osaka, Noevir Stadium Kobe. We are currently constructing the Olympic Aquatics Center for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Our company vision is to be “a leading sustainability company”. We are developing next-generation technologies relating to energy savings, as well as entering renewable energy businesses leveraging the technical expertise that we have gained through our construction business.
The Obayashi Sapporo branch started its operation in March 1938. For over eighty years, we have grown together with Hokkaido.
We will strive in all sincerity, utilizing our wide range of experience and leading-edge technology, for the successful construction of the Hokkaido Ballpark. We will also contribute to the development of Hokkaido through our various services.

Obayashi Corporation
[headquarters]  Shinagawa Intercity Tower B,
2-15-2, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
108-8502, Japan
Kenji Hasuwa, President Representative Director

HKS is a global design firm that unlocks value for our clients by creating healthy, sustainable and productive places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. Our designers work across the global economy and are passionate about creating elegant solutions that solve our clients’ biggest challenges. From healthcare and education to sports and leisure, and from the Fortune 500 to start-up companies, we drive innovation in nearly every industry and inspire meaningful change at all levels. Founded in 1939, HKS today has more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, economists, researchers, artists, anthropologists and psychologists networked across 24 offices around the globe.
Our sports practice is one of the most celebrated in the world. When the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium opened nearly a decade ago, HKS solidified our reputation as a paradigm-changing sports design firm – that single venue changed what fans expect when they attend a professional sports game. In the ten years since, we’ve translated those insights into design for sporting venues and entertainment districts around the world. Whether we are creating a future World Cup venue or a minor league ballpark, we design world-class, revenue-generating venues that leverage identity, promote community spirit and serve as destination environments for our partners and their fans. Other completed iconic projects include the Minnesota Vikings’ US Bank Stadium, Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Ballpark, Optus Stadium in Perth and Royal Arena in Copenhagen. Projects currently under construction include Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, which will be the future home for the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and the primary 2028 Olympics venue, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Ballpark, the new stadium for the FC Nantes football club in France and new entertainment district for Club Leon in Mexico.

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350 N Saint Paul Street  Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201
Dan Noble, President & CEO


■ Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club Co., Ltd. Public Relations
1 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-8655, Japan
FAX: 011-857-8006

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