There’s a Chinese phrase called sajeonchoga. It means that the songs of the Chou dynasty can be heard on all sides. If you can hear the enemy singing in all directions, it means you are completely surrounded.
That’s exactly what happened in Jamsil Stadium in Game 1 of the Korean Series. The first and third bases were filled with LG fans.
Usually, the first base side is dominated by the home team and the third base side is dominated by the away team.
The home team’s supporters are on the first base side and the away team’s supporters are on the third base side.
There are usually more fans of the home team, 온라인카지노 LG and Doosan, but when the home team’s ranking drops, more fans of the favorite team, Lotte or KIA, show up.
In the postseason, Jamsil is always clearly divided between home and away. Sometimes there are more home fans in the outfield stands and you can see them in left field. Sometimes there are more home fans, as much as 7 to 3.
However, I don’t think it was as much as the first game of the Korean Series at Jamsil Stadium on the 7th.
On this day, it was definitely full of LG fans. LG fans wearing LG’s glossy jumpers and spreading out yellow cheering towels filled not only first base but also third base. The KT Wiz fans were isolated on a small island in the third base bleachers, with LG fans wearing glossy jumpers and cheering with yellow towels in between.
As expected, all 23,750 seats at Jamsil Stadium were sold out by 1:30 p.m., five hours before kickoff.
The KBO began selling tickets online for Games 1-5 of the Korean Series at 2 p.m. on June 6, a day before Game 1. Tickets were sold through Interpark, the exclusive postseason ticketing company, and up to four tickets per person could be purchased through the website, ARS, and smartphone application.
As LG’s first championship in 29 years and first Korean Series appearance in 21 years, a reservation war was expected among LG fans.
LG fans who failed to reserve tickets went into a frenzy. For the first and second games at Jamsil Stadium, there were more than 100,000 people waiting in line at 2:00 p.m., even though they logged in on time. Up to 200,000 people were recorded. With such a large number of simultaneous users, ticket sales were eventually left to chance.
Soon after, resale tickets were being sold at a “premium” on secondary markets. Some resellers were overpriced, charging well over three or four times the original seat price, while others were charging dozens of times.
Some of the tickets allocated to the parent company’s affiliates were reportedly lottery-winning among employees.
The competition for the limited number of allocated tickets skyrocketed as family members and acquaintances asked for them. Doosan fans, who had advanced to the Korean Series for seven consecutive years, were kind enough to share their tips on ticketing for the Korean Series.
The KBO is in charge of postseason ticket sales, not the teams.
I was asked numerous times, “Can I get tickets for the Korean Series?” and “Can I buy them in advance?” long before the ticket sales opened, but I quickly turned them down. Even LG coach Yeom Kyung-yup had a hard time turning down so many requests for tickets.
KT only made it to the first team in 2015 and doesn’t have a large fan base yet. They are used to one-sided support from the opposing home crowd in away games. When asked about the overwhelming number of LG fans before the game, Lee Kang-chul said, “Our players are somewhat used to it. I don’t think they’ll be too disturbed by the opposing team’s support. In Busan, Cuevas sometimes intentionally blocks to hear the ‘ma’,” he said.
In the first-place game against Samsung in 2021, KT won 1-0 amid lopsided support from Samsung fans. Still, in a big game like the Korean Series, the LG chants blaring from the stereo on both first and third base would have been disconcerting. However, KT players remained unfazed and won 3-2 to take the first game. It was a valuable victory that overcame the overwhelming cheer disadvantage.