Following the Jamboree disaster, soccer fans who were eagerly anticipating the “K-Pop Super Live” concert continue to suffer. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCET) has rescheduled the concert twice, leading to the cancellation of matches and concerns about damage to the stadium grass.
The “K-Pop Super Live” concert for the 2023 Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree will be held at the Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11.
The event will be attended by a total of 40,000 scouts from more than 140 countries and will feature fireworks and a drone show. Due to the impact of Typhoon Kanun, the scouts, who are spread across eight local governments in the Seoul metropolitan area, Chungcheongbuk-do, and Jeollabuk-do, are traveling to Sangam on 1,440 buses.
The production team for the “K-Pop Super Live” concert is also busy preparing for the show. For the concert, a stage has been set up on the field, including near the goal, and seats have been arranged on the field. It is inevitable that the grass will be damaged.
The problem is that it’s not only costly, but it also has a real impact on the game.
Former international Lee Ik-soo pointed this out in a video posted on his YouTube channel on September 9. “Grass management as a whole should be handed over to professionals,” he said. “Local governments can’t hold events for citizens, and professional teams have to step on the grass, so there is no room for grass to grow.”
Concerns about player injuries were also raised. “When I take a penalty kick, my ankle turns when I step on it. If you have to kick the ball and the grass lifts, the ball will float, so you may not be able to kick the ball, and if you stumble, you will get injured,” he criticized.
“If the grass is bad, the texture of the pass changes,” he said, “and if the pass is constantly broken, the game becomes uninteresting. In modern soccer, which requires build-up soccer, it becomes like a footrace because it doesn’t pass.” 꽁머니
Soccer fans agree. In particular, the rescheduled concerts have already had an impact on the FA Cup quarterfinal match between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Incheon United, which was scheduled for the 9th of this month. Incheon, who were preparing for the match, reportedly canceled their accommodation and training grounds in the process of pulling out, even asking for cancellation fees. Players from both teams were also affected.
Due to the impact of Typhoon Kanun, the venue was changed once more to Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul, and fans of both teams, as well as the entire K League, have been left devastated. While the K League is in full swing and the competition for the top spot is fierce, the stadium grass is being criticized for being damaged indiscriminately.
Fans sighed as they watched the installation of seats and performance stages on the ground, saying, “The Jamboree is only hurting the beloved K-League.
In particular, the Sangam World Cup Stadium has been criticized by soccer stars such as Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yong for its poor turf management in the past, and a new turf has been laid with a budget of about 1 billion won.
The government also seems to have recognized the concerns of soccer fans. “There is a possibility of damage to the stadium grass,” said Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min at a briefing on the 9th, “but we are trying to find ways to minimize it.”