FYI SOUTH Magazine, September 2005

Taroko Sports Plaza

(07) 349-0875
180, BoAi 3rd Road, TzuoYing District, Kaohsiung City
Hours: Everyday 9 am-12 pm

--By John Matthews, translated by Annie Liu

Taroko Sports Plaza is a place where baseball fans can hit balls at alarming speeds, play in their arcade, or just sit and watch a variety of sports on a large flat screen monitor. With just five other locations across the country, this popular Japanese import is the only one of its kind in the whole city. The building boasts a staggering 7000square feet of indoor playing area, with 17 batting cages, three pitching cages and 15 'slam dunk' basketball games - all fully automated. Try hitting a ball at speeds from 80km/h to 140km/h or pitch at a target and have your throwing speeds recorded. Either way, you get 20 balls for one token at NT$30. In the cages, you can have your performance recorded on DVD for NT$100. There's also a choice between hardball or softball, and private instructors are on hand to help you improve your swing. There are locker facilities, washrooms, two snack bars, and soon, indoor parking facilities downstairs. Watch for a huge exercise and fitness facility upstairs in the near future.