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2017 K-League Classic

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:08 pm

Apparently Gangwon FC have been renamed Gangwon High 1, the first time a K-League club has been named after a corporate sponsor that isn't the club's owner.

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Sampo » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:19 pm

They better have the money this time, that's a lot of correction tape otherwise...

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby daeguowl » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:44 pm

Sampo wrote:They better have the money this time, that's a lot of correction tape otherwise...


They're paying USD8 million a year which is about the same as Seoul's total player budget and a shade under half of Jeonbuk's

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Suwonesque » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:23 am

Actually I am happy to see Korea companies are investing to the Korean football clubs, instead of just splashing money elsewhere.
Samsung spent lots of money just for Choi Soon-sil's daughter, as they could have invested this money to the Bluewings. And they are now in the trouble.
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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby MipoFanatic » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:51 pm

Yonhap reporting that Gangwon will play all of their home matches at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium in Pyeongchang next season. Apparently it's a lot less hot there during the summer.

Can't help but wonder if some Olympics-involved officials have "incentivised" the move.

The club plans to use shuttle buses to get fans there, but I'd be pissed if I lived in Gangneung.
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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Sampo » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:56 pm

Remember that Alpensia is on the eastern edge of Pyeongchang, and is closer to Gangneung than to Pyeongchang town. Its a thirty to forty minute drive from Gangneung.

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:32 pm

Interesting times at Gangwon, somebody is having a serious go at making them into a proper, self-sufficient football club. Reading today that they've set their ticket prices rather high by K-League standards, cheapest tickets for their B grade games (anything that's not a season opener, post-split match or not against Seoul, Suwon or Jeonbuk) will cost W25,000 with a top price of W45,000 for the main stand. The A grade games will cost you a minimum of W30,000.. there's a 50% discount for anyone who has bought shares or invested in the club which will certainly benefit the locals who are interested but it's going to be quite an expensive day out for away fans...

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:40 pm

Should point out that if you want to watch Gangwon on the cheap then go see them play Sangju, that's their solitary C grade match and tickets will cost 'only' W20,000 for the cheapest areas.

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby eujin » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:55 pm

Holy bananas. W25,000 is 20 euros. That's as expensive as Bundesliga matches.

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Suwonesque » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:17 am

Football ticket prices are very cheap in Korea, so that makes Korean football look so cheap. And many fans enter the stadium with some coupons and promotions. Most of the Koreans think that football entrance should be free :). Because somehow they saw the matches for free previously.
20000 is not bad, I would be happy to pay 20k. It is just 4 hours of minimum-wage in Korea.
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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby daeguowl » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:43 am

Sampo wrote:Remember that Alpensia is on the eastern edge of Pyeongchang, and is closer to Gangneung than to Pyeongchang town. Its a thirty to forty minute drive from Gangneung.


There are two ways to get there from Gangneung via the highway and via a regular road. When I visited, people that took the highway were late due to congestion. Parking there is an absute 'mare.
It's def cooler there. Will be downright frigid for early and late matches.

Behind the goal they are still selling a clutch of tickets for 9k won (roughly one block).

I wonder if other Korean clubs will introduce tiered pricing. It was announced last week that Seoul were the first club to earn in excess of 10k per match attendee but that figure could be improved by charge a premium for the fairweather fans that turn up for super matches and children's day

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby daeguowl » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:53 am

I also read that they're prevented from using gangneung for a year before the Olympics due to some Pyeongchang Olympic Protection Law. Couldnt find out any details though

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby SteveW » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:11 am

It'll be interesting to see what effect the pricing has on attendances. If it doesn't drive them into the ground I expect we will see a lot more of this sort of thing to come.
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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby MipoFanatic » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:45 am

daeguowl wrote:I also read that they're prevented from using gangneung for a year before the Olympics due to some Pyeongchang Olympic Protection Law. Couldnt find out any details though


That would be odd, given that Gangneung Stadium isn't an Olympic venue but the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre is. :smt102

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Re: 2017 K-League Classic

Postby Gyongmaman » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:41 pm

We had better hope that this fails miserably and Gangwon get relegated with 0 points, or else all that we hold dear about Korean football (i.e. being able to go to 60 games a year for the same price as an ill-advised night out) will be gone forever.


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