Osaka Stadium

Located in  Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan and owned by Osaka Stadium Corporation, Osaka Stadium was built in 1950 over the site of a tobacco plant that had been destroyed during World War II.  The original stadium seated approximately 32,000 people and was home to the Nankai Hawks baseball team.

 Aerial view, 1985 (Wikipedia)
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In 1988, the Hawks were sold to Daiei Group and moved to Heiwadai Stadium in Fukuoka City.  Osaka Stadium was then converted into a sample housing showground.

Naoya Hatakeyama

The stadium was finally demolished in 1998, and a shopping center was built in its place.

Madonna held her first Japan concerts in this stadium, kicking off her Who’s That Girl World Tour with two sold-out concerts on June 14 and 15,1987. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson finished the first leg of his Bad World Tour at Osaka Stadium with three consecutive sold-out shows, held October 10–12, 1987.

5 thoughts on “Osaka Stadium

      1. But do people or did people live in those sample houses? Seems like a waste of good space. They could have turned it into a homeless shelter/stadium. Changing topics, I like it when a baseball stadium is built on the grounds of an old tobacco factory or preferably if it was a tobacco field instead of all the added chemicals, tobacco being kind of a relaxing pastime if you don’t get addicted, more like the Native American interaction with it I guess.

        1. I don’t know that anyone actually lived there — I couldn’t find a whole lot of information, basically just what I have here. You do make a great point, there could have been so much more done with this. I feel that way about a lot of things with the potential to help people.

          1. Sometimes I wonder if we simply forget about alternative uses for things, another reason to love baseball, 9 positions, 10 if we include the DH and a few more if we include pinch runner and all the relief pitcher specialists, so many more minds to contribute to a project.

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