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Fighters to hold spring training camp at Diamondbacks' facility in Arizona

Kyodo

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will hold their spring training camp ahead of the 2018 season at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team said Tuesday.

After holding a portion of their spring training at the San Diego Padres’ complex in Peoria for the past two seasons, the Sapporo-based Fighters have decided to move to the $100 million Salt River Fields with a seating capacity of 11,000 and 12 practice fields.

According to the Diamondbacks, Nippon Ham will set up camp between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14.

The 2016 Japan Series champions this season missed out on a playoff berth by finishing fifth in the regular-season league standings.

“We want to raise our game to a new level in order to win back the Japan Series title, and do so in a different environment. They agreed to allow us to use their huge, cutting-edge facility,” teampresident Kenso Takeda said.