A 30,000-seat state-of-the-art dome stadium will be built in Jamsil, the ‘Mecca of Korean baseball.’
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on the 18th, “We will create a waterside ecological cultural space connected to the Han River along with a world-class ‘Sports and MICE Complex’ including a dome stadium in Jamsil.”스포츠토토
Currently, Seoul City has finalized the layout plan for the Jamsil Dome Stadium complex after consultation and review with stakeholders and is concretizing the design for each facility.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a business trip to North America, visited Rogers Center, the home stadium of the Major League Baseball Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Canada, on the 16th local time and announced that he would build a state-of-the-art sports and exhibition convention facility, including a dome stadium, in the Jamsil area. The Seoul Metropolitan Government explained, “It is expected that the MICE function, which has been limited to COEX so far, will be expanded and change the landscape of industry and cultural consumption in the Gangnam area, including Jamsil.”
Mayor Oh Se-hoon then mentioned the Toronto waterfront development site he visited and added his plan to jointly develop the Han River and Tancheon area around Jamsil to develop it into an attractive waterside ecology and leisure culture space.
Rogers Center, which Mayor Oh Se-hoon visited, is the home stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays of the Major League Baseball League, where Korean Major Leaguer Ryu Hyun-jin belongs, and is a dome stadium with a capacity of approximately 41,000 seats. It is also famous for being built in conjunction with the Toronto Marriott City Center Hotel, allowing you to watch the game from your room.
Rogers Center is currently undergoing extensive facility improvement construction, such as expanding premium seats, to reflect various demands, and the Marriott City Center Hotel is mainly used by baseball spectators during the season and convention center visitors during the off-season. Accommodation costs vary depending on the game schedule, ranging from about $300 to $2,000 (about 400,000 to 2.5 million won).
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is currently concretizing the construction of a dome stadium with ‘Seoul Smart MICE Park (tentative name, lead company Hanwha)’, the preferred negotiating partner for the Jamsil Stadium/MICE complex project, and is planning the largest baseball stadium in Korea with more than 30,000 seats capable of hosting international games. .
Built in a dome shape, it is expected to be able to operate stably without being affected by bad weather such as rain or heat waves. It is also expected to be able to host large-scale performances and events during the All-Star break and off-season.
A 360-degree open concourse (corridor space connected to the spectator seats) that circulates the inside and outfield and various premium seats (sky box, field box, family zone, etc.) that reflect recent trends will be introduced, and the baseball stadium and hotel will be linked to provide rooms and restaurants. We plan to provide unique experiences in various spaces within the hotel, including the fitness center.
The city of Seoul is currently conducting comprehensive negotiations with the preferred bidder to create a complex facility with both public and business value, including a dome baseball stadium, exhibition and convention center, and business, commercial, and lodging facilities. Negotiations will be completed as soon as possible and consultations will be held with related organizations such as the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. The plan is to proceed with the goal of signing an implementation agreement by the end of 2024.
Seoul City, which is scheduled to begin demolition work on Jamsil Baseball Stadium after the end of the 2025 season, plans to begin construction of the dome stadium in the first half of 2026 and complete it by the end of 2031. The scale of the project is approximately 500 billion won, and as it is being conducted through private investment, the budget of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the club is not expected to be invested. Therefore, the LG Twins and Doosan Bears, who use Jamsil Baseball Stadium as their home stadium, will likely need to prepare a new home for the 2026-2031 season, and are currently considering Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Mokdong Baseball Stadium, SSG Landers Field in Incheon, and KT Wiz Park in Suwon. It is known that
Currently, Gocheok Sky Dome is the only dome stadium in Korea, and it is used by Kiwoom Heroes as their home stadium. It can accommodate up to 16,000 seats. During the All-Star break and the off-season, various events such as concerts are held. Although it is difficult to say that it is large-scale, it has the advantage of being able to hold games or events regardless of the weather. Attention is being paid to whether KBO league games will be able to be held in Korea’s largest dome stadium in the 2032 season.