Alex43 wrote:went on the everland line yesterday, and as i looked out of the window out of boredom, there was a stadium under construction.... huge, bold, and in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. looked for plans and it looks like a stadium that would compete with daegu's for the least used stadium in korea. same population as suwon, yet the area is 5 times as big... it's gyeonggi-do farm land..
if anyone wants to save my face from getting a palm in disbelief of this monster in the middle of nowhere, please give me some reasoning in this...
I wouldn't really describe it as the middle of nowhere. The stadium is basically right between the downtown of Yongin City and the high-rise, high-density, commuter burbs of Suji and Giheung next to Highway 1. The road that runs past the stadium, the 42, is always busy and there are far more apartment blocks around than farm land. As you say, Yongin has ample room to grow. The rents are far cheaper than in Bundang and yet it's only ~35 mins from Gangnam and about 50 mins from Gwanghwamun. New apartment blocks are going up all the time. The people who own the land in Yongin and particularly the people who own the infrastructure all benefit from expanding the city's services and attracting more people to live there. Exactly like the kind of people that had the Noddyline built.
Things are changing all the time in Korea and you have to have vision to get ahead of the pack. In the same way that the mayor of Incheon dreams of turning the Seoul area into the "Twin Cities Region" the mayor Yongin is competing directly with Suwon. One is down Highway 1 on the right and the other is down Highway 1 on the left. Suwon has a big fancy World Cup stadium that everyone in Korea has heard about, and now Yongin has one too. The Jummarellas
are going to play there. It's all about making a impact and marketing the place to get national recognition. As Seoul expands steadily away from the DMZ and towards the rest of the country, Yongin is set to just grow and grow.
And if you question whether sports is an effective way to gain a lot of cheap publicity, just ask yourself which of these parts of London are most familiar to you; Chelsea or Hammersmith, Southwark or Tottenham, Uxbridge or Wembley.