Korakuen Stadium, c. 1960

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Korakuen Stadium. c. 1960.From the wiki: “Korakuen Stadium was a stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1937, it was primarily used for baseball and was home to the Yomiuri Giants until 1988, when they moved next door to the Tokyo Dome sitting on the site of the former Velodrome. The ballpark had a capacity of 50,000 people.

“In 1942 Korakuen Stadium played host to a memorable 28 inning, 311 pitch, complete game effort by Michio Nishizawa. On August 16, 1976, it hosted the first NFL game played outside of North America when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-10 in a preseason game before 38,000. It also hosted the Mirage Bowl.

“The stadium was also used as a concert venue for superstars. This included the all-day ‘For Freedom’ show, on April 4, 1978, which was the marathon farewell performance by Candies, a top Japanese girl group of the time.

“Michael Jackson opened the Bad World Tour—his first tour as a solo artist—with three sold-out concerts at the stadium, with total attendance of 135,000.”

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