For the next 24 days leading up to the start of the K-League Classic 2016 season we will be opening a ‘window’ containing one feature of the K-League match day experience. From the highs to the lows we will take you through what we feel makes the K-League the ‘special’ league that it is and why it is should be the first entry in your weekly planners!!
So without further ado it’s time to see what lies behind window number 1.
K-Advent Day 1 – Running Tracks
Like a giddy kid on Christmas Eve we all love the prospect of watching football in a new stadium. From the travel to the different atmosphere to even the look and feel of a new ticket it all adds to the experience of going to a new ground (or maybe even your first ground). In Korea though there is one thing that can rip the heart out of that new experience quicker than you can say “Am I the only one here?” and its …… the dreaded running track and the now all too familiar sight of a hastily constructed, potential death-trap of a temporary stand! Now don’t get me wrong some clubs have managed to pull this off and Seoul E-Land and Seongnam FC are two of them but unfortunately they are the exception. For fans of Bucheon, for example, it really does look like somebody has been let loose with a Lego set after a few OB too many.
The running tracks are a relic of the days when football clubs would double-up as the local athletic club but it’s hard to imagine the need for this these days and save for the occasional ajumma walking off off some steam they remain unused. So if this is your first trip to a new stadium be ready as you may just find yourself sitting closer to the subway station than the pitch.