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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Korean Play Ball, Part II: Doosan Bears and LG Twins - Jamsil Derby, Round One

Jamsil Baseball Stadium (Hanja: 蠶室野球場) is a baseball stadium located at 25 Olympic Road, Jamsil 2-dong 10-beonji, Seoul Songpa-gu. The stadium holds 26,000 people and was built from April 1980 to July 1982. It makes up the Seoul Sports Complex along with the nearby Seoul Olympic Stadium, and hosted the baseball events during the 1988 Summer Olympics. It is the home of the LG Twins and Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball League. 

The area of Jamsil Baseball Stadium is 26,331 sq m, it has one basement level. It is three stories high with a center-field distance of 125m, side distances of 100m. The stadium has 59 entrances consisting of 49 inner gates and 10 outer gates. The parking lot allows 2200 cars to park. There are also other parking lots around so you can park at any of them if the parking lot is full. You can reach Jamsil Baseball Stadium with subway line 2, or you can take a bus. There is a nursing room and playroom for children, you can also rent a stroller. The stadium is designated as non-smoking area, but there are small smoking areas available.

Jamsil Baseball Stadium was renovated in 2007, about 1.5 billion won was spent. Grass on the field was replaced, drains were installed, and sprinkler were upgraded to prevent heavy rain damage. After 2012 baseball season, Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation changed the soil of ground for easy maintenance and prevention of injuries. They changed all seats except 3rd floor, made locker room for away team athletes, re-model of restroom for viewers. It takes cost 38 hundred-thousand won.

Tickets range from 4000 to 50,000 won. Since the stadium is 30 years old, many people demand teams to build new stadiums as baseball has become more popular. When they first built the stadium, a builder didn't assign enough space for stores and restaurants, so some of the cafeterias are still in temporary buildings. But due to the budget, Seoul and two teams are still discussing building a new stadium.

About Doosan Bears
The Doosan Bears (Hangul: 두산 베어스) are a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea. They are a member of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The club was founded in Daejeon, South Korea in 1982 as the "OB Bears", and moved to Seoul, South Korea in 1985 before being officially renamed the "Doosan Bears" in 1999. The Doosan Bears (formerly the OB Bears) won the Korean Series in 1982, the inaugural KBO season. They have won three Korea Series titles (1982, 1995, 2001) and play their home games at Seoul's Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Jamsil Baseball Stadium is also used by LG Twins.

The Bears have retired numbers 21 and 54. The number 54 is in memory of the catcher Kim Young-Shin who died young, and the number 21 is the legendary pitcher, Park Chul-Soon, whose nickname is "Phoenix." Park won the Most Valuable Player award in the 1982 Korean Series. On the following year, he was injured but won the award again. He continued to play when injured throughout his career and had much success. He is still held in high esteem from not only most Bears fans but many Korean baseball fans.

About LG Twins
LG Twins (Hangul: LG 트윈스) is a Korea Professional Baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea. The club was first established as MBC Chungyong owned by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation until 1989, when they were taken over by the LG Group. The LG Twins play their home games at Jamsil Baseball Stadium, which they share with their rival, Doosan Bears. Chungyong first used Jamsil Baseball Stadium since 1982, the first year of Korean pro baseball league, and Bears started using the same stadium 3 years later, in 1985.

The Twins won the Korean Series in 1990 - that is the first year with their new names - and 1994. The Korean Series MVP was Kim Yong-su in both Series. Kim's number, 41 is now the only retired number of the team.