With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, one Japanese baseball team have come up with an imaginative, if a little creepy, replacement: dancing robots.

Before Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' most recent Nippon Professional Baseball game against Rakuten Eagles yesterday, more than 20 robots danced to the team's fight song on a podium in the otherwise empty stand.

Two different robots, some resembling humans and others on four legs like a dog, stamped and shimmied in a choreographed dance that is usually performed by the Hawks' fans before games in the 40,000 capacity Fukuoka Dome.

Some of the robots wore Hawks caps and waved flags supporting the team.

Boosted by the supportive robots, the Hawks won 4-3 as they look to defend their 2019 NPB title.

The NPB season began three months late on 19 June due to the coronavirus pandemic and currently no supporters are allowed to attend games.

However, from Friday, up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend professional baseball and soccer games in Japan due to an easing of restrictions.