In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions were introduced on working conditions and many areas of human life. Sports were no exception, some of which were then resumed, but with empty stands. In this regard, the Japanese baseball club Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks was forced to attract robots to perform the traditional dance, which was usually performed before the start of the match by his fans to the sounds of the team anthem.
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks versus Rakuten Eagles, more than 40 robots, including the human-like SoftBank Pepper and Spot robots-dogs from Boston Dynamic, entered the podium of an empty Fukuoka Dome stadium with a capacity of 40,000 people before the final game of the season of the Japanese professional baseball season. They danced to the team anthem “Izayuke Wakataka Gundan”, creating a truly unique atmosphere. Some of the robots wore Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks caps and waved flags to support the team.
The reaction of the fans of the team on social networks was mixed. “I think it’s like a dystopia“, One of the Twitter users wrote, although the other called the view he saw”insanely beautiful“.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NPB season began three months later, on June 19, and until recently, fans were not allowed to attend the games. However, last Friday restrictions were relaxed and authorities allowed to attend professional baseball and football matches in Japan, but no more than 5,000 fans per game.
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