Plans for a new 30,000-seat dome stadium for the LG Twins and Doosan Bears have been unveiled.
The city of Seoul unveiled plans on Monday to create a world-class “sports and MICE complex,” including the reconstruction of Jamsil Stadium, currently home to LG and Doosan. Jamsil Stadium will be dismantled after the 2025 KBO season and a 30,000-seat dome stadium will be built with a target opening date of 2032.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is currently on a business trip to North America, visited the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, where Ryu Hyun-jin plays, on the 17th (KST), and threw out the ceremonial first pitch and announced his intention to build a state-of-the-art sports and convention facility, including a dome ballpark. The construction cost of the dome ballpark in Jamsil is expected to reach about 500 billion won.
This plan to create a ‘Sports and MICE Complex’ is not just a plan to build a dome stadium, but a mega project to massively redevelop the Jamsil area where the stadium is located. Along with the dome stadium, other facilities such as hotels and convention centers are also being built, so the construction period will take six years, longer than the construction of a typical baseball stadium.
LG and Doosan, who currently use Jamsil Stadium as their home stadium, have had six years to secure an alternative venue. Initially, the idea of playing at Jamsil Sports Complex, which is supposed to be remodeled and preserved even after the creation of the MICE complex, was considered, but the Seoul Metropolitan Government said no, considering the timeline of the redevelopment project and safety concerns for visitors.
If Jamsil Stadium is not available, LG and Doosan don’t have many options. The Gocheok Sky Dome, currently used by the Kiwoom Heroes, and Mokdong Stadium, which hosts amateur tournaments, are candidates. KT Wiz Park in Suwon, home of the KT Wiz, and SSG Landers Field in Incheon, home of the SSG Landers, are also possible alternatives.메이저놀이터
The cost of the 500 billion won dome stadium will be borne entirely by the Hanwha Consortium, which has been entrusted with the development of a sports and MICE complex. In return, the Hanwha consortium will have the right to operate the new dome for 40 years.
A KBO official said, “It’s not 100% finalized yet. It is true that the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the clubs have been in talks. We plan to continue discussions with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to convey the baseball community’s position.”