DAEGU, South Korea – A new baseball stadium has been needed in Daegu for some time. After talking for quite some time about building a new one and then having it delayed for one reason or another, a groundbreaking ceremony finally took place on December 27th.
The initial thought was to have the stadium completed for the 2014 season with construction beginning late 2012. With the groundbreaking just happening, the new timeline is to have the stadium finished for the 2015 season.
The construction will take place near Grand Park Station. The stadium will seat 24,000 fans with capacity capping out around 29,000. That is important because the KBO doesn’t allow the final games of the Korean Season to be played at a stadium with under 25,000 seats. The past two seasons Samsung has won the Korean Series but has been unable to hold the final games of the series at home due to the size of their current stadium.
The new stadium will replace Daegu Baseball Stadium, the home of the Lions since the leagues inception in 1982. However, the stadium was initially built in 1948 and definitely shows its age. The concrete jungle has little character, not to mention little space.
Special thanks to Dan at MyKBO.net for finding the Korean story.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.