Director Lee Seung-yeop says about Seoul City’s ‘Jamsil Dome’ plan, “Fans should see it comfortably.”
Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop expressed his opinion on the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s plan to build a ‘Jamsil Dome Stadium’. Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “It should be a baseball stadium where not only Doosan fans but also visiting fans can enjoy a comfortable viewing experience.”
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a business trip to North America, explained details related to the Jamsil Dome Stadium construction plan during a visit to the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 17th (Korean time). Rogers Center is the home stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays, where ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin plays.스포츠토토
Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “Watching baseball is the purpose, but the facilities are so well-equipped that families can gather in groups of two or three to enjoy the game, so it feels like a festival. This is possible because the hotel is adjacent to the dome stadium.” He added, “We can also watch baseball like a festival like this.” “To make it more enjoyable, we are considering a plan to build a dome stadium in conjunction with a hotel,” he said.
‘Jamsil Dome Stadium’ is part of the ‘Jamsil Sports and MICE Complex Development Project’ conducted with private investment, and the city of Seoul is currently collaborating with Seoul Smart MICE Park Co., Ltd. (tentative name, underwriter Hanwha Co., Ltd.), the preferred negotiating partner for this project, and the dome. The stadium construction plan is being fleshed out. It is planned to be the largest in the country with more than 30,000 seats, capable of hosting international games, and with a closed structure rather than a retractable structure.
‘Jamsil Dome Stadium’ is scheduled to be built on the site of the current Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The city will finalize the implementation agreement by the end of next year, hold games at the existing Jamsil Baseball Stadium until the 2025 season, and begin construction in 2026.
The problem is securing an alternative stadium for the home teams LG Twins and Doosan Bears, who will have to play six seasons elsewhere while construction is underway. The biggest challenge appears to be how to meet the demands of fans to watch LG and Doosan’s home games over a long period of six years.
Doosan and LG proposed renovating Jamsil Main Stadium to create a temporary baseball stadium with a capacity of 17,000, but Seoul City is showing reluctance due to spectator safety issues. As alternatives, Mokdong Stadium, previously used by Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes, Gocheok Sky Dome, Suwon KT Wiz Park, and Incheon SSG Landers Field are mentioned as alternatives.
First, the two clubs decided to respond by forming a joint task force (TF) team with the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). In professional sports, there are not many cases of using replacement stadiums due to relocation to new soccer stadiums. In 2020, Toronto, Ryu Hyun-jin’s team, left its home stadium and moved to Buffalo, New York, USA, but this was a temporary measure as it was difficult for major league players to travel between the US and Canada due to COVID-19.
In soccer, Tottenham in the English Premier League, where Son Heung-min plays, has used an alternative stadium. Tottenham planned to tear down White Hart Lane, which was used until the 2016/17 season, and build a new soccer stadium in the same place. Accordingly, from September 2017 to February 2019, they left North London and used Wembley, a historic 90,000-capacity stadium located in northwest London, as their temporary home stadium.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who was asked a question about Seoul City’s new stadium project ahead of the Jamsil NC game on the 19th, refrained from talking about sensitive issues but emphasized that fan convenience is the most important. This means that baseball fans should be able to comfortably watch Doosan and LG games even during the construction period of the dome stadium.
Manager Lee Seung-yeop revealed that the Seoul Metropolitan Government never sought Lee’s opinion in the process of planning to build a new stadium, and said, “I’ve seen several articles, and we are in a position to play baseball. The most important thing is that people who come to watch baseball should feel comfortable watching it. “I want to,” he said.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “You have to watch the game in an overall good environment. These days, the spectator culture has become very mature and has developed a lot. We can’t help but be considerate of those people. Especially since Seoul is a special city, we can’t just think about our Doosan Bears fans. “No. A lot of opposing teams come here, and there are a lot of away spectators, so I think it would be good to make sure they can watch comfortably,” he emphasized.