45,007 spectators entered the Seoul World Cup Stadium안전놀이터, where the FC Seoul and Daegu FC match was held on the 8th . It was the highest paying audience since the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Singer Lim Young-woong’s poetry and halftime performances mixed with crowds, but those who visited the soccer field watched the game until the end and fell in love with the K-League.
K-League 1 popularity is unusual. The number of spectators in the opening round 6 games held in February exceeded 100,000, and the average number of spectators per K-League 1 game this season exceeded 10,000.
According to the Korea Professional Football Federation, the average number of paid spectators per game counted ahead of the 7th round of the K-League 1, which starts on the 15th, reached 11,474. This is a 43.2% increase from the average of 8,013 in 2019, the highest since the introduction of the promotion and demotion system. Considering the days before 2018 when the number of spectators was ‘popped’, this is a surprising increase. In order to increase the number of spectators before 2018, the K-League identified and announced the number of people entering the stadium, including free admission and officials. This is because the number of visitors has an impact on sponsorships and stadium advertising prices. However, the federation began counting only paid spectators from 2018 to develop the K-League into a proper sports industry. In this situation, it is encouraging for the federation that more than 10,000 spectators came in.
The secret to the popularity is that the World Cup heroes are playing aggressive football on the K-League stage while the popularity of the World Cup has not cooled down. Leading players who led the team to the round of 16, such as Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who scored the first multi-goal in the national team history at the World Cup, and Hwang Ui-jo (FC Seoul), who returned to the K-League, are on the field. The players are showing hot soccer with an average of 2.64 goals per game, and the club is attracting fans’ attention with various contents other than soccer, such as inviting Lim Young-woong.An official from a local club said, “The score came 10 minutes before the start of the game, increasing the level of immersion, and at the same time, the number of theater goals after 45 minutes in the second half increased, so exciting games increased.” I asked for it, and now people around me are contacting me to visit the stadium first.”