Plans to build a new 30,000-seat dome stadium for the LG Twins and Doosan Bears were announced.
On the 18th, the Seoul Metropolitan Government unveiled a plan to create a world-class ‘Sports and MICE Complex’, including the reconstruction of Jamsil Stadium, currently used as the home stadium by LG and Doosan. Jamsil Stadium will be dismantled after the end of the KBO League season in 2025, and a 30,000-seat dome stadium will be built with the goal of opening in 2032. 안전놀이터
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is currently on a business trip to North America, visited the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the home stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays, where Ryu Hyun-jin plays, on the 17th (Korean time), threw out the first pitch, and announced his intention to build a state-of-the-art sports, exhibition and convention facility, including a dome stadium. expressed his/her intention. The construction cost of the dome stadium built in Jamsil is expected to amount to approximately 500 billion won.
This plan to create a ‘Sports and MICE Complex’ is not a simple plan to build a dome stadium, but a large-scale project to massively redevelop the Jamsil area where Jamsil Stadium is located. As other facilities such as hotels and convention centers were being built along with the dome stadium, the construction period took six years, longer than the construction of a typical baseball stadium.
LG and Doosan, which are currently using Jamsil Stadium as their home stadium, are in a situation where they must secure a replacement stadium for six years. Initially, a plan was considered to hold games at Jamsil Sports Complex, which was planned to be preserved through remodeling even after the creation of a ‘Sports and MICE Complex’, but the city of Seoul took a negative stance considering the redevelopment project schedule and safety issues for visitors.
If Jamsil Sports Complex cannot be used, LG and Doosan do not have many options. Candidate sites include Gocheok Sky Dome, currently used by Kiwoom Heroes, and Mokdong Stadium, where amateur competitions are being held. Suwon KT Wiz Park, the home stadium of the KT Wiz, located in the metropolitan area, and SSG Landers Field in Incheon, the home stadium of the SSG Landers, are also likely to be used as replacement stadiums.
The construction cost of the dome stadium, worth 500 billion won, will be fully borne by the Hanwha consortium, which is in charge of developing the ‘Sports and MICE Complex.’ Instead, the Hanwha consortium will have the right to operate the new dome stadium for 40 years.
A KBO official said, “I understand that it is not 100% confirmed yet. It is true that the city of Seoul and the clubs have been discussing it for some time. “We plan to continue discussions with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to convey the baseball community’s position,” he explained.