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Two KBO Teams to Play Home Games at Olympic Stadium

 Brad McCaffrey - World Baseball Network  |    Jul 9th, 2024 12:22pm EDT

Within the KBO, it was announced that the LG Twins and Doosan Bears will now play their games at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The move is because the stadium that houses the two teams is under construction.    

Jamsil Baseball Stadium, the home of the two teams and has been around in terms of the KBO since 1983, will be under reconstruction to become a 30,000-set domed baseball stadium.     

The Jamsil Olympic Stadium, known for its capacity to hold 60,000 fans, will significantly reduce its seating due to renovations. The new 18,000-seat ballpark will pose a challenge for the fans, who have been strongly supportive, with an average of about 17,000 for Doosan and 18,600 for LG. However, both teams have welcomed the changes to a smaller-capacity stadium.    

Despite the reduced capacity during renovations, the Jamsil Olympic Stadium is gearing up to host postseason baseball. The stadium, with a total capacity of 23,750, can accommodate up to 30,000 fans for these games. The two teams and Seoul are in talks to determine when this will occur.   

“I extend my thanks to those involved in joint efforts to tackle the issue, including the Seoul city government, on behalf of the baseball community,”   Heo Koo-Youn, commissioner of the KBO, said in a statement.    

Initially, the city of Seoul considered making only 10,000 seats available, so it is clear they wanted to listen and provide more seats to fans, which would only help the growth of the KBO within communities.  

This move will begin for the 2027 season and continue until 2032, when the new stadium will open in March. 

Photo Credit: A general view of performers practicing for the Opening Ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games to be held on September 17, 1988 at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

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