The logo for the 2023 Asian Baseball Championship features an artistic rendering of the Taipei Dome.
World Baseball Network
The Taipei Dome, also known as the Farglory Dome, will host a test game on November 18 between the Chinese Taipei U-23 National Team and the team that will represent Chinese Taipei at the 2023 Asian Baseball Championship.
After long delays, the venue finally opened for a tour by dignitaries and officials in late October, a prelude to the test game and the Asian Baseball Championship, which included a rendering of the new stadium in the event logo.
According to a report from Taiwannews.com.tw, the venue will host a closed-door test game on November 14 between Taiwan HighWealth and New Taipei Heran, two teams which play in Taiwan’s top amateur league.
The Asian Baseball Championship will begin on December 3 at the Taipei Dome.
The new ballpark will be, by far, the largest baseball stadium in Taiwan, with twice the capacity of Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, home of the Chinese Professional Baseball League’s CBTC Brothers, and Rakuten Taoyuan Baseball Stadium, home of the CPBL’s Rakuten Monkeys, which each seat 20,000 fans.
The Taipei Dome also holds more than double the capacity of Taipei City’s two existing CPBL ballparks, Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium and Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium, the homes of the CPBL’s Fubon Guardians and Wei Chuan Dragons, respectively. Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium seats 12,500, while Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium seats 10,500.
Wang Hung-shiang, the commissioner of the Taipei Department of Sports, told members of the city council of the plan for a test game when asked about the project’s progress at a recent council meeting.
First conceived nearly two decades ago, construction was delayed until approvals were finally granted in October 2011, and has taken more than a decade after repeated delays and disputes between Farglory Group, a Taiwanese conglomerate that owns hotels and entertainment venues as well as insurance, construction, and other businesses.
The venue is expected to mainly be used for baseball, with the possibility of hosting other sports and events.