September 19, 2023 13:07
Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul will undergo a massive transformation to acquire a domed roof. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a trip to North America, announced the makeover plan last Saturday while touring the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rogers Centre, which opened in 1989, can hold 41,000 spectators under its domed roof, and it has a 370-room hotel attached with 70 rooms overlooking the field that Oh also wants to copy.
Jamsil Baseball Stadium will house a four-star business hotel with 300 rooms, 120 of them with views of the pitch.
Once refurbished the stadium will be capable of holding 30,000 spectators, 5,000 more than at present, while a 110,000 sq.m convention center will be built next door.
A Seoul Metropolitan Government official said, "After the baseball season ends, the stadium will also be able to host big concerts, and the convention center will draw customers all year round, creating synergy effects."
The project will start in the second half of next year, but the rebuilding of the baseball stadium will not begin until the 2025/26 season, with a view to completion in 2031.
Built in 1982, Jamsil Baseball Stadium serves as the home of the Doosan Bears and LG Twins. While the stadium is being rebuilt, they will decamp to Gocheok Sky Dome or Mokdong Stadium.
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