Why did the 18,000-seat ‘alternative baseball stadium’ card suddenly disappear?

It was last August. LG and Doosan, professional baseball teams that share Jamsil Baseball Stadium, came across a plan to use Jamsil Main Stadium as a replacement stadium during the construction of Jamsil Dome Stadium through a meeting with the ‘Private Investment Negotiation Team of the Southeast Region Promotion Team of the Seoul Balanced Development Headquarters’.

It was reported that this project was carried out under the instructions of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon. It is known that Mayor Oh listened to the opinions of the baseball community through a meeting with KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) President Heo Heo-yeon and also issued research review guidelines.안전놀이터

The content presented by the Seoul Metropolitan Government at the time was quite specific. While Jamsil Baseball Stadium is being demolished and Jamsil Dome is being built, Doosan and LG will use a replacement stadium that remodeled the main stadium. The size of the stadium and the expected construction period were also presented.

The alternative stadium can accommodate 18,000 spectators. It was also explained that there would be no problem in providing the lighting facilities needed for professional baseball night games, as the center fence is 125m long and the left and right fences are 95m long. In this case, the two clubs will use Jamsil Baseball Stadium until 2026 and then move to an alternative stadium from 2027 to 2032, where they will spend six years.

On the 18th, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced plans to build Jamsil Dome in time for Mayor Oh Se-hoon’s business trip to Toronto. The two clubs had to leave Jamsil Stadium after 2025 and find a replacement stadium to use for six years. Instead, the completion date of Jamsil Dome is pushed back to 2031. It is one year earlier than the ‘main stadium remodeling’ plan.

The city of Seoul raised safety issues by folding the idea of ​​a replacement stadium for the main stadium. As public opinion grew louder, safety issues were once again emphasized on the 18th through a press release containing related drawings.

It appears that the Seoul Metropolitan Government attempted to announce plans to build Jamsil Dome during a business trip that included a visit to Toronto’s Rogers Center, where Ryu Hyun-jin plays.

In early September, a disaster and safety advisory meeting was held with LG and Doosan officials in attendance to share safety issues based on the opinions of three directly invited disaster experts. KBO also visited and conveyed its position.

It is known that the two clubs and the KBO are fully aware of the safety management issues, but have requested that they take a little more time and reconsider from a flexible perspective due to the seriousness of the realistic problem. This was the reason why the two clubs involved and the KBO reacted with great embarrassment when Seoul City suddenly announced plans to build Jamsil Dome during a business trip to Toronto.

Safety issues were a predicted topic. However, considering that over a long period of six years, there were virtually no stadiums for the two Seoul clubs to use as their home stadiums while at least maintaining the quality of professional baseball, it appears that a more extensive research study and a reasonable basis were needed to arrive at the decision.

The ‘Sports and MICE Complex’, which is developing the Jamsil Sports Complex area, is being materialized under the leadership of the so-called ‘Hanwha Consortium’, which is the preferred negotiating party. Since it is a private project, ‘economic feasibility’ is bound to be highlighted first. If the two clubs use the main stadium as a replacement stadium, additional costs will be incurred to prepare various facilities and extend the construction period by one year, which is a reason to look at it from a common sense perspective at this point.

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