“It’s not as bad as before, but it’s not the worst.”
Seoul W, Seoul-Daegu match held at the summit after ‘maintaining grass’… “It’s not as bad as before, but it’s not the worst.”
The two teams will face off in the 27th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at 7:30 p.m. on the 19th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Both Seoul and Daegu have a busy way to go. First of all, Seoul is in fourth place with 10 wins, 8 draws and 8 losses. Looking at the rankings alone, it seems to be compliant, but the flow is not good. He has won only one game in seven games, including two draws and two losses in four consecutive league games.
It was also a long time ago that he tried to narrow the gap between the second place and the leader. The gap with Incheon United (36 points), ranked seventh, is only two points.
The situation in Daegu is more urgent. Daegu remains in ninth place with 8 wins, 10 draws and 8 losses. In the last five league games, there has been no victory with three draws and two losses. Only one win in the last eight games. He is 11 points ahead of Suwon FC (23 points), the 10th place in the promotion playoff, but he cannot just relax.
As such, both teams, which lack concentration on the game, are concerned about the condition of the stadium. On the 11th, the 2023 Saemangeum Jamboree K-pop concert was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. It was originally scheduled to be held in the Saemangeum area, but it was changed to Jeonju World Cup Stadium once due to the influence of the typhoon and then moved to Seoul World Cup Stadium again.
Amid the back and forth administration, the Seoul World Cup Stadium has become a scapegoat to cover up the Jamboree debacle. The stage for the concert and the audience gathered on the ground, and the grass damage was inevitable. In March last year, it introduced hybrid grass for the first time in Korea with a large budget, but it left a bitter taste in about a year and five months.
At the time, a K League team grass manager said, “In particular, it is August when we have to pay more attention to grass management,” adding, “Such a performance takes a 100% blow to grass.” “Under the current situation, recovery is almost impossible,” he expressed concern. “The grass where the pillars are installed for the stage should be considered almost dead,” he said adding, “There is no way for the country to do it, but it doesn’t make sense for us.”
In the end, the grass at the Seoul World Cup Stadium became a mess after the performance as feared. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, “We have secured a budget for rapid restoration,” adding, “We will provide as much restoration support as possible so that there is no problem with the economy.” The Seoul Facilities Corporation has completely replaced the grass around the area where the stage was installed. 스포츠토토
The Seoul World Cup Stadium, which I visited on the 17th, had been repaired. I could see that the grass around the goalposts of S and E, where the stage was located, was replaced at a glance. It is known that the grass of the E seat was damaged through the Coupang Play series. The replaced grass was a different color than before. However, the worst seems to have been avoided.
Amid concerns from many soccer fans, officials from the Korea Professional Football Federation also visited the site to check the condition of the grass. “Of course, it’s not as bad as before, but it’s not the worst,” he said. “The grass in the league is better than some stadiums that are not in good condition.” He added, “The Seoul-Daegu match will proceed normally.”
The key is how quickly the nourished grass can take root. There is a big difference between what you see on the outside and when the players run and step on. An official from the federation borrowed the words of the corporation and said, “I heard that the feeding speed is faster than that of ordinary grass,” but added, “We will have to wait and see in the future.”