Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Sakura Bowl: the new home of Mitakihara Magi Football

The Sakura Bowl: the new home of Mitakihara Magi Football

By Konomi Fujimiya
The Daily Magi
July 1, 2061


The 50,000-seat Sakura Bowl Stadium, also known as Stade Sakura in French circles, has been the home of the world champion soccer teams of the Mitakihara Town Sports Club. Now, it will host another perennial winner: the Mitakihara University Magi Football Team. Today, at 9 a.m. PT, Mitakihara Town Sports Club and the Mitakihara University Athletic Department announced that Magi Football will be calling the Sakura Bowl home for the next 50 years on a renewable 50-year lease.

While the administrative headquarters of Magi football remain at Hakurei Centre, the move to Sakura Bowl for its home matches will allow for larger revenues and bigger home crowds. Within 30 minutes of the announcement, season tickets for the 2061 Magi football season had been sold out. Mitakihara Stadium has also been renamed as Tatsuya Kaname Field and will be used as a secondary practice facility as well as the home of the sprint football team.

"This a new beginning for Magi football," said athletic director Nagisa Momoe. "We wanted to make a move to Sakura Sports City and bring in more people to our games. Up until now, our attendance has been capped off at 20,000. Now we get to move up our attendance and play in more spacious environments like the Sakura Bowl.

"Our rugby team has played a few test matches on the surface and they loved the surface. So because of the positive feedback we got from our rugby counterparts, we decided to go ahead and negotiate with the Sports Club to use their facility to host our football games.

"A great stadium in a great sports town, and a championship sports town at that, deserves the excitement and energy you get from watching the Best College Football Team in All of College Football. So we hope this is the start of a new, yet continuing tradition of winning titles here in Mitakihara Town."

"We're excited at this new partnership, and to know that my sister is the vice-chancellor at the university is a major plus," said Mitakihara Town Sports Club chairman Hazuki Ferrari. "I have a lot of respect for Mitakihara University and its teams and the presence of the football team is sure to get people to come to Sakura Bowl on a crisp autumn afternoon. We hope they put on a good show and continue to raise the profile of this city, the way the Sports Club has done for three decades."

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