Japan’s High-Tech Experiment Packs Ballpark at 90% Capacity
In advance of its stadium being used to host Olympic baseball and softball games next summer, Japan’s Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars hosted a three-game series at the end of October in which fan attendance reached 50%, then 80% and finally 90% capacity.
DeNA Bay Stars EVP Yota Kimura joined the SportTechie PRO DAY: Reopening Sports Venues to share his insights from the high-tech experiment in which the club hosted as many as 27,850 fans in the 32,402-seat stadium. “We believe that even though we increased the number of capacity from the regulation of 50% to 90%, we have not seen an increase in COVID,” Kimura said through a translator.
Among the technologies deployed at Yokohama Stadium:
- 13 facial recognition cameras from NEC Corp., to record gate and concourse congestion, the percentage of fans wearing masks, and