‘JAMSIL DOME’ ANNOUNCED WITH NO ALTERNATIVES DOOSAN COACH LEE SEUNG-YUP “FAN CONVENIENCE IS IMPORTANT”
The plan to build the Jamsil Dome Stadium (tentative name) announced by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on the 18th is a major project that will change the history of Korean baseball. The Jamsil Dome, which will cost about 500 billion won in total construction costs, will be built on the site of the current Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, and the two teams, the Doosan Bears and LG Twins, will have to vacate the ballpark after the 2025 season. Under the city’s plan, Doosan and LG would have to use other ballparks for six seasons, from 2026 to 2031, but the city announced the proposal before they had a concrete alternative. Doosan and LG had proposed to renovate Jamsil Stadium to create a 17,000-seat temporary ballpark, but the Seoul Metropolitan Government balked, citing crowd safety concerns. Alternatives include Mokdong Stadium, formerly used by the Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes, Gocheok Sky Dome, Suwon Katie Wise Park, and Incheon SSG Landers Field. Doosan Bears head coach Lee Seung-yeop was asked before the team’s game against the NC Dinos at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Sept. 19 whether the city or the club had discussed the Jamsil Dome proposal, and he said, “There was no discussion at all. “If the 30,000-seat, top-of-the-line dome with hotel, restaurant and other facilities is completed as planned by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korean baseball could be set for a major leap forward. However, if Doosan and LG are “triple-bottomed” for six years, and even the conveniently located Jamsil Stadium cannot be used due to safety concerns, it could be detrimental to the overall success of the sport .Lee, whose team is currently in the midst of a league standings battle, was coy about the sensitive issue, emphasizing that fan convenience is the most important thing .He said that baseball fans should be able to watch Doosan and LG games comfortably during the construction of the dome. “The most important thing is that those who come to watch baseball should be comfortable. It is important to put aside other things and watch in a good environment,” he emphasized.” Nowadays, spectator culture has matured and developed, so we have to consider those people,” he said. “Seoul is a special city, so we can’t just think about Doosan fans. We need to provide a comfortable environment for away fans as well. “Meanwhile, Lee asked domestic ace Kwak Bin, who has led the team to seven consecutive wins and will be away for the Hangzhou Asian Games, to dedicate himself to the national team. Kwak Bin, who earned his 11th win of the season with a six-inning, eight-hit, five-strikeout shutout against Gwangju KIA on Aug. 18, was dismissed from the first team .”I want him to put aside his worries and do his best for the national team,” Lee said. “In his interview, he said, ‘I’m coming with my soul,’ which is a good attitude. I hope he will focus on the national team and come back with good results. “Along with Kwak-bin, Doosan, which dismissed outfielder Kim Tae-geun from the first team, registered submarine pitcher Choi Won-jun and outfielder Kim Dae-rae. Choi will play the “1+1” card, backing up Jang Won-jun, the starting pitcher for the NC game, while Kim will replace Kim Tae-geun, 안전놀이터 who suffered a bruise while fielding.