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Postby Holyjoe » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:42 am

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:56 pm

Quick, someone start a new team in Incheon. The Asian Games venue is nearly finished.

Also, Korea v Kuwait on June 1st? I'd imagine that's more likely to be the U23 squad than the senior side...

Incheon shows off its Asian Games site
April 11, 2014

The Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, which will stage the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games, was unveiled to the media for the first time yesterday.

In the World Press Briefing held at the Incheon Songdo Convensia, representatives of about 200 media outlets around the world had a chance to view preparations for the Incheon Games, which begin on Sept. 19 and continue for 16 days. About 13,000 athletes from 45 Asian nations will compete in 36 sports including football, baseball, archery and taekwondo. The opening ceremony starts at 7 p.m. with the theme “Meet the Bright Future of Asia.”

The five-story (one underground) main stadium was built on 100,500 square meters (25 acres) of land and has a capacity of 62,848 people. The three years of construction work will be completed by the end of April. The stadium is now about 90 percent complete, according to the Asian Games Organizing Committee.

“We are pleased to inform you that our new facilities are well prepared for the Incheon Games,” Kim Young-soo, the president of the organizing committee, said at the press conference. “The Incheon Games will be more than just a sports festival. It will be a grand celebration that all 4.5 billion Asians can enjoy in harmony and friendship, uniting Asia as one.”

On June 1, the brand new venue will host a friendly football match between Korea and Kuwait. A concert including K-pop and Korean traditional music is scheduled on June 11, 100 days before the opening, to beef up the mood for Asia’s sporting showcase.

Preparation for the Asian Games seem to be in good shape; 10 new sports venues, including Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center, Yeorumul Tennis Courts, Namdong Gymnasium Asiad Rugby Field and Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field, were completed about a year before the start of the games.

Park Tae-hwan, 25, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, will compete with Sun Yang of China, who took gold in that event in London in 2012.

The organizing committee also showed off yesterday the Main Press Center and the Media Village in Incheon’s Namdong District, which will accommodate about 2,900 media staff.

The torch relay begins on Aug. 5 in New Delhi, the cradle of the Asian Games, and will arrive at Incheon on Aug. 15 after traveling through Kuwait, Vietnam and China. The torch will then travel to 17 cities in Korea before it arrives at the Asiad Main Stadium on opening day.

The Incheon city government says it will use the main stadium as a sports and cultural space after the games. In addition to the athletic facilities, the complex will house movie theaters and shopping malls.

The biggest remaining issue for the host city is accommodations for visitors. The organizing committee chief told the Korea JoongAng Daily in January that Incheon needs about 200,000 rooms, but only about half that number is available in areas close to Incheon. The committee said it is arranging options such as temple, church and home stays. Shuttle buses will carry athletes and media members to and from the stadium; financial problems scuttled plans to build a subway line to the new stadium. When the Korea JoongAng Daily took a shuttle bus from the Main Press Center to the main stadium, the trip took about 40 minutes.

“Since we want to attract more than two million visitors, we will try to provide every convenience necessary to make this event a success,” a spokesman of the organizing committee said.


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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby eujin » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:12 pm

It's strange, but if you'd asked me which of the World Cup stadiums it looks most like I would say the old Munhak in Incheon. It's got that breezy, the roof is too high, feel yet again.

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:08 am

Holyjoe wrote:Also, Korea v Kuwait on June 1st? I'd imagine that's more likely to be the U23 squad than the senior side...


This game has been confirmed, the Korean U22 (Asian Games squad) taking on Kuwait U22 as the official opener for the Incheon Asian Games stadium.

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Holyjoe » Tue May 06, 2014 8:49 pm

Looking a bit tidier now and pretty much finished. Don't know if it's just the lens this particular photographer has used but it looks very shallow:

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby njs » Tue May 06, 2014 9:06 pm

looks like a truly horrible ground for spectating. Players = ants, will have SFA atmosphere.
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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Holyjoe » Tue May 06, 2014 9:16 pm

Yeah it's not great, is it? The official capacity is 62,818 but the original plans were for about 30k of the capacity to be temporary seating which would be removed after the Asian Games tournament had finished, leaving behind a much smaller venue. Can't quite see where they're going to take them from, presumably if they're still doing that then the entire second tier around the side of the ground opposite the main stand will go. Go where though? There must be plans for more unneccessary stadia elsewhere in the country where they can be put to good use. Maybe it'll just be left as it is.

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby SteveW » Tue May 06, 2014 10:52 pm

Wow, I hope those seats come with opera glasses.
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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Crane » Wed May 07, 2014 5:09 am

What a colossal waste of money. And the seats aren't near steep enough, especially with the massive track.

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby OttoSilver » Thu May 08, 2014 8:46 am

This is in Incheon, right?

So now they have yet another stadium that will not be used, and the only one that is being used does not even come close to being full, ever.

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Postby SaintsCanada » Thu May 08, 2014 9:07 am

I would imagine this stadium will become the national athletics stadium and training ground. This was never about soccer.
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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby OttoSilver » Fri May 09, 2014 11:14 am

That would make more sense. That way they can say it is not a football stadium not being used, but an track and field stadium that is not being used, which is a totally different things :P

I have never been to athletics in Korea. Do people turn up to watch that? Anyone know where i can find out more about possible events?
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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby SaintsCanada » Fri May 09, 2014 11:31 am

OttoSilver wrote:That would make more sense. That way they can say it is not a football stadium not being used, but an track and field stadium that is not being used, which is a totally different things :P

I have never been to athletics in Korea. Do people turn up to watch that? Anyone know where i can find out more about possible events?


They had the world championships in Daegu a couple years ago. I don't know what attendances were like.

The Asian Games are actually a pretty big deal. Don't forget that Asia is actually the majority of the entire world population. So an event like this definitely justifies the construction of a few new venues. The Munhak wouldn't really cut it at this point.

If it is made into the national training centre for athletics, it will be used a lot, actually. I don't know if that's the plan or not, but I'd like to hope common sense would dictate that it is.
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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby eujin » Fri May 09, 2014 4:39 pm

SaintsCanada wrote:They had the world championships in Daegu a couple years ago. I don't know what attendances were like.

We had a few ROKfootball correspondents go along to that viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2469&hilit=athletics&start=15

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Re: New stadia thread (planned, under construction, finished

Postby Holyjoe » Fri May 09, 2014 5:09 pm

I'm curious as to why you think the Munhak "wouldn't really cut it" for the Asian Games... it's pretty clear that construction of things like the rugby pitch, gymnasium, tennis courts and swimming pool were going to be necessities to host the tournament and they'll have lasting benefits for Incheon residents for many years to come, but the Munhak is not exactly your bog-standard dust bowl multi purpose arena that's been left untouched for 30-40 years. A wee bit of tarting up of a venue that's barely twelve years old and it would have been perfectly fine for use, as the Daegu venue was for the World championships after a similar makeover. Perhaps it will be turned into a national training centre for athletics which would be all well and good, but then again they're not exactly short of newly built venues in the capital region that could have served that purpose - Hwaseong is a perfect candidate, or Goyang, or even a tarted-up Munhak. The expenditure seems even more reckless seeing as Incheon city is in the midst of a fiscal crisis (see previous page of this thread as well).


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