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COMPASS MAGAZINE, September 2004

 

Taroko Sports Plaza (TRK)

49, HeNan (HoNan) Road, section 3
Hours:9 am-2 am (open to 3 am holiday eves)

 


     This baseball/softball batting center has been very popular since the recent opening of its first branch in Taipei late last year. The same has been true for TRK's second branch, located in Taichung not a few meters from the intersection of TaiZhongGang (Taichung Kang) and Henan roads. The center attraction at the spacious 1,300-ping center are state-of-the-art, imported Japanese batting machines--10 for baseball and six for softball--which are categorized according to pitching speeds. Innovations include an LED-display that shows one's "pitcher" winding up for his throw, and a VCD machine that allows batters to record their pitches. There are also three equally high-tech pitching machines, that gives users targets to pitch at and records the speed of one's pitch. Bats and gloves are provided, but members may also store their personal bats at the center. The cost for 20 balls is a NT$30 token (7 tokens are provided for NT$200). There are also various benefits, including discounts, for those holding NT$500 membership cards. The center also has a pizza snack bar, a baseball gear shop, arcade games (like air hockey) for customers awaiting their turn at bat, and parking out front. Special activities, like autograph-signing sessions with the Sinon Bulls baseball team, are planned. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Annie Liu

 

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