The action heats up in springtime in Seoul, and I’m not speaking about the spectacular cherry blossoms that mesmerise all who see it. In South Korea, it’s the beginning of another season of a different kind, the time of the year when the Korean baseball season kicks off for another torturous season of gripping baseball.
There is no better place to be for sports lovers to be than at Jamsil Stadium, the most prominent baseball stadium in Seoul – South Korea. It was also the home of baseball for Korea that also hosted the famous event during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, a stadium where the atmosphere is electric, and the cheerleaders dazzle in their gorgeous outfit, and yes, there is a bit of baseball action too.
Do yourself a favour when heading to Seoul in South Korea, whether your a fan of Korean baseball or not, head on off to a baseball game. I can promise you, that you will love the atmosphere as much as I did and it may get you singing to an old Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly classic,“Take me out to the ball game.”
Where in Seoul is Jamsil Stadium
Jamsil Olympic Stadium is in the main sports complex in the southern part of Seoul and is situated right next to the Olympic stadium (hosted by Seoul 1988 Olympics) and on the edge of the Han River. It’s not only an excellent area for Sport but an superb area for a little Seoul sightseeing.
Catching the subway is the best way to get to the Jamsil Sports Complex, take the green line number 2 and get off at the Jamsil subway station to capture a little Korean baseball action. The underground train will take you right outside the gate where you’ll find a Doosan Bears shop to purchase an item or two to cheer on the home team. There is also an adequate amount of parking available if travelling by car.
Jamsil Stadium Basic Information
The stadium was built in 1982 with the purpose of being Seoul’s premier baseball stadium; it also hosted the baseball at the 1988 Olympics with the main athletic arena and swimming stadium in the same complex. Jamsil has co-tenants during the baseball season which is the Doosan Bears and the LG Twins, baseball teams.
I had the privilege to see both teams during my time in Seoul, watching Doosan Bears beat the Samsung Lions during a day game, and the LG Twins losing a thriller against the NC Dinos at night. Also while you’re at it, don’t forget to purchase your Korean baseball merchandise and cheer on a team for the game, it’s no point in being a neutral what’s the fun in that.
The Fans and Stadium Entertainment at the Game
This is not an understatement, but the fans make the occasion at Jamsil during a game of baseball even more enthralling, because the atmosphere in the stands is more entertaining than the action on the field, especially is baseball is not your preferred sport.
It starts with the crowd announcer, there is one for each team playing on the day, the hosts’ energizes the fans with chants mostly in Korean, but I did understand when they roared out in unison, ‘give us a home run,’ I mean everyone around the world know what a home run is. The best part, at least for the men in attendance anyway, is when the beautiful cheerleaders run out on stage for entertaining dance session, the women do put on a good show throughout the match.
The Korean Baseball Season
The Korean Baseball Season kicks off in early April and runs through to late October where the top five teams compete in the playoffs to determine the Korean champions. There are ten teams in the competition situated throughout South Korea, and each team plays a whopping 144-games plus playoffs. That means Jamsil Stadium host close to 150-games in a given season, saying the ground staff have got their work cut out with the hectic Jamsil baseball schedule.