One of my goals this year is to try and get familiar with V.League Arenas.
The recent topic of "Home Arenas" with capacities required or attendances hoped for reminds me that QPL and I have been sitting here waiting with baited breath for the JVL to realize their new vision for the V.League they announced in 2017.
Among other things, one of the goals was to transition teams from "corporate" to "community". Ageo Medics were first out the gate becoming Saitama Ageo Medics. A little anti-climactic and no one else followed but ... baby steps.
Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Springs recently announced some nonsense about some entity called SAGA Hisamitsu Springs Ltd., Co., Inc., being formed to do something. They changed their logo, their mascot, and their web site address (now saga-springs.co.jp). And they changed their name from Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Springs to Hisamitsu Springs. No SAGA to be found in the name, the logo or on the jersey. So much for the "corporate" to "community" goal
As for the "Home Arena" business, only the teams with a "community" name have nailed it: Okayama Seagulls have 8 Home games this season at Zip Arena; Himeji Victorina have 8 Home Games at Wink Gymnasium; Kurobe AquaFairies have 8 Home Games at Kurobe General Sports Center. (Kurobe's hold on that seems tenuous, though). I don't know what PFU is.
Trailblazers Saitama have Home Games in three different Arenas this year, none are in Ageo City and only two are in Saitama.
Poor Hitachi have half their games in their home town Hitachinaka, and the other half way up north in Akita Prefecture. PFU have half their home matches in their (presumed) home town in Ishikawa Prefecture and the others a stone's throw from Hokkaido. Props to them both for bringing the game up north, though.
Then there are the Dual Citizenship Teams: SAGA, JT, Denso, Toray, Toyota, and NEC. (NEC's dual life is still pretty much just in Tokyo).
Maybe the "corporate" to "community" transition was less about names and citizenship and more about handing out boxes of tissue instead of doing data input at a giant corporation. The dual citizenship players just have to do it in two places.
Saitama is both the prefecture as well as the city. So if they are spreading out across the prefecture it makes sense. Ageo itself is just north of Saitama city.
NEC is really on both sides of the Tama River. Ota City (ward in the old days) is right across the river from Kawasaki.
Hitachi is also playing in Mito, which is in the same prefecture as Hitachinaka.
Toyota and Denso are both in the Nagoya area, Yokkaichi is just west/south of Nagoya. The Denso games in Sapporo will probably be pared with Voreas Hokkaido men's V2 team.