Social Distancing Master: Guy Reserved Then Canceled 1,873 Stadium Seats To Enjoy More Space

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I can’t help but admire this man’s ingenuity. One Japanese dude is in serious trouble after allegedly causing financial losses to his favorite baseball club by reserving and then cancelling nearly 1,900 seats for two of their league games. Why did he do it? Well, he just wanted more space and to stand out on TV. He accomplished his goal marvelously but unfortunately it looks like he’s gonna pay for his hilariously dastardly deed in the end.

Kiyoshi Shibamura, is a 41-year-old fan of the Orix Buffaloes baseball club from the Japanese city of Osaka. He hatched a devilishly genius plan to watch his favorite team compete against the SoftBank Hawks at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on the 28th and 29th of September, last year. To make sure he stood out on TV and enjoyed some serious privacy (ahead of his time), he painstakingly created 1,873 fake names and reserved the same number of stadium seats online. Then the evil genuis cancelled all but his own reservation right before the end of the reservation period, making sure that no one else would be able to purchase the seats.


Having 1,873 empty seats at a home game was not particularly unusual for the Orix Buffaloes, a low-ranked team with probably the smallest fanbase in the Japanese baseball league, but this was no ordinary game. This was one of the last games of the season and the SoftBank hawks would go on to win last year’s national title, so the stakes were pretty high, and so were ticket prices.

The 1,873 sudden seat cancellations caused the Orix Buffaloes reported losses of about 10.86 million yen ($105,000), a sizable sum for such a small club, so an internal investigation into this matter was launched. It wasn’t that hard to discover the culprit, considering that that was basically one of the goals of his stunt.

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During the televised baseball game, it was easy to spot a suspiciously empty patch of seat in the otherwise occupied lower stands, behind third base, with none other than Kiyoshi Shibamura in the middle of it. Confronted with evidence of his involvement, the man didn’t even bother denying it.

“I wanted to watch the game comfortably with no people around,” Shibamura told police. “I wanted to stand out [on TV].” LMFAO this guy is legend.

He was ahead of his time considering that social distancing is the new norm.