Japan sporting events at empty stadiums amid virus outbreak

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 18:01:38-05

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese sporting events were held at empty stadiums in a move aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Chiba Lotte Marines hosted the Rakuten Eagles with no spectators in the stands at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba Prefecture, one of six preseason baseball games played at empty stadiums.

The Yomiuri Giants, Japan's oldest and most popular team, were set to play Saturday night's game against the Yakult Swallows at an empty Tokyo Dome.

The Giants regularly draw capacity crowds at the 55,000-seat stadium in central Tokyo.