Reporter Kim Do-yong and Ahn Young-joon = The opening of the 2023 K League 1, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, is approaching in two days.
On the 25th, the opening rounds were held in Ulsan (Ulsan Hyundai-Jeonbuk Hyundai), Seoul (FC Seoul-Incheon United), and Suwon (Suwon Samsung-Gwangju FC), and on the 26th, Pohang (Pohang Steelers-Daegu FC), Jeju (Jeju United). -Suwon FC) and Daejeon (Daejeon Hana Citizen-Gangwon FC) will host the first round.
As of the 23rd, if you look at the status of reservations for the six stadiums, the atmosphere is pretty good. About 100,000 cloud spectators are expected to gather throughout the opening round.
It is still an estimate, but it is worth looking forward to achieving the highest number of spectators in the round after the K-League 1 progressed with the current 12-team system. The round with the most spectators so far was the first round in 2017, with 98,353 people in six stadiums.
The most interesting place is the Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium, where the confrontation between the ‘defending champion’ Ulsan and the runner-up Jeonbuk takes place.
The two teams have a fierce rivalry to the point of competing for the league championship over the past four years. In particular, due to Japanese midfielder Amano, who transferred from Ulsan to Jeonbuk this winter, the relationship between the two teams became even more heated.
Ulsan has Lee Chung-yong, Jo Hyun-woo, Kim Young-kwon, Seol Young-woo, and Um Won-sang, while Jeonbuk has many star players such as Cho Kyu-seong, Baek Seung-ho, Lee Dong-jun, and Kim Moon-hwan.
An official from the Ulsan club said, “As a result of checking on the morning of the 23rd, more than 24,000 copies were sold through online reservations alone. The away cheering seats were also sold out.”
“There are still two days left before the game begins. Since there are on-site reservations, we expect more spectators to come in,” he said. there is,” he added.
Pohang, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the club, is expected to play its home opening game in front of a full crowd for the first time in seven years. Pohang sold out in Gwangju in March 2016. 먹튀검증
An official from the Pohang club said, “6,000 tickets were sold in one day after the reservation started. The expedition seats have already been sold out. The sales speed is very fast compared to usual.” said.
Fans of Daejeon, which has been promoted for the first time in eight years, are also rushing to book tickets to enjoy the K-League 1. In response, the Daejeon club is preparing to welcome fans by opening the audience seats that have not been open so far.
An official from the Daejeon club explained, “A lot of people, including general spectators and employees of Hana Financial Group, will visit. Considering that up to 20,000 people will enter, we plan to increase the number of staff for home matches.”
Seoul and Suwon in the metropolitan area are preparing for home games, expecting 20,000 spectators and 10,000 spectators, respectively. Jeju, which usually has a lot of on-site sales, is looking forward to a box office performance while watching the online ticket sales that started smoothly.