Basic information on professional sports teams in Iwate Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture is the second largest prefecture in Japan in terms of area (the first being Hokkaido).
The prefectural capital is Morioka City.
The specialty of Iwate is "wanko soba.
Chuson-ji Temple is probably the most famous tourist spot.

The sports teams in Iwate include the following

Soccer

Iwate Grulla Morioka (J League)

Iwate Grulla Morioka is a team in the J3 of the J-League.

Home Town : Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture
Home stadium : Iwagin Stadium 
Origin of the team name : Grulla which means crane in Spanish, was coined from the Morioka feudal lord Nambu's family crest, the Mukazuru crane, and the Morioka specialty, jajamen.
Year of J League membership : 2014
Highest J3 League Ranking : 5th (2014)
J2 League membership : None
J1 League : None

Basketball

Iwate Big Bulls (B League)

The Iwate Big Bulls is a team that belongs to the B3 of the B League (Japan Professional Basketball League).

Team name : Iwate Big Bulls
Home town : Morioka city, Iwate pref.
Home arena : Morioka Takaya Arena 
Origin of the team name : The team name is a combination of the words "Big", meaning Iwate Prefecture is the largest prefecture in Honshu, and "Bull", meaning cattle such as Maesawa, Shorthorn, and Dairy cows.
Year of establishment : 2010
Member of B2 League : 2016, 2017

Stadiums/Arenas

Iwate Prefectural Baseball Stadium

Iwate Prefectural Baseball Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. On July 23, 2012, the stadium hosted the prefecture's first All-Star Game. Getti …

Michinoku Coca-Cola Bottling Rink

Michinoku Coca-Cola Bottling Rink is a skating rink located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Morioka Takaya Arena is next door. Getting to the Stadium The distance from Morioka S …

Iwagin Stadium

Iwagin Stadium is a soccer and rugby stadium located in Morioka Minami Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. As shown in the picture, there are two grounds, Ground A and Ground B …

Morioka Takaya Arena

Morioka Takaya Arena is a gymnasium located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It is the home arena of the Iwate Big Bulls of the B League. Getting to the Stadium The distance from …


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