‘Average Attendance No. 1’ Seoul, ‘Fan-Friendly’ Ulsan…K-League’s 1st Club Award Winners Revealed

The results of the first round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 Club Awards have been released.

The Korea Professional Football Association (KPA) announced the winners of the ▲Full Stadium Award, ▲Plus Stadium Award, ▲Fan Friendly Club Award, and ▲Green Stadium Award after evaluating their crowd attraction and marketing performance during rounds 1-13 of the K League 1 and K League 2.

This season, the K League 1 has continued its box office success, with an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans per game so far. Seoul took home both the Full Stadium Award, which recognizes the club with the largest number of fans, and the Plus Stadium Award, which honors the club with the largest year-over-year increase in attendance.안전놀이터

Seoul drew an average of 27,531 paying fans in six home matches between Rounds 1-13, the most of any of the 12 K League 1 clubs, and an increase of 18,745 over last season’s average of 8,786.

Ulsan won the Fan Friendly Club award with a combined score of 96.2 points. During the period, Ulsan captured the hearts of fans by introducing ‘UH-MALL’ in Munsu Soccer Stadium, offering a variety of food and entertainment, and opening the K League’s first ‘Mascot Brand Store’. Ulsan was honored as the ‘Fan Friendly Club’ for the seventh time in a row from the first game of the 2021 season.

Second-place Daejeon (88.8 points) was recognized for improving fan-friendly stadium facilities such as the renewal of the MD shop and the establishment of the general information center ‘HANA LOUNGE,’ while third-place Seoul (78.4 points) was recognized for leading a healthy K League viewing culture through the commissioning of ‘HERO’ Lim Young-woong. The Fan Friendly Club Award is awarded by adding the scores of the first jury evaluation (40%) and the second group vote (40% of journalists and 20% of fans).

For the first Green Stadium Award, the winner was determined by combining the evaluation of Samsung C&T, the K League’s turf management consulting partner (60%), the evaluation of the match supervisor (20%), and the evaluation of the players (20%). As a result, Daegu’s home stadium, DGB Daegu Bank Park, received the highest score. DGB Daegu Bank Park maintains one of the best grounds in the league through meticulous turf management by the Daegu City Sports Facilities Management Office. Ulsan’s home stadium, Ulsan Munsoo Stadium, and Suwon Samsung’s home stadium, Suwon World Cup Stadium, followed in second and third place, respectively.

In the K League 2, Busan attracted 3,595 fans to its five home games from Rounds 1-13, up 2,127 from last season’s average of 1,468. This was the largest increase and the highest attendance among the 13 clubs in the first round.

The winner of the K League 2 ‘Fan Friendly Club’ award was Gimcheon. With a combined score of 93.2 points, Gimcheon’s main activities included ▲ holding a fans’ day and conducting ‘fan interviews’ where fans interviewed players, and ▲ holding a brand day in collaboration with related organizations such as TS Korea Transportation Safety Authority and the Southern Regional Forestry Administration. The second place was Seongnam (87.8 points) and the third place was Anyang (81.4 points).

The K League 2 ‘Green Stadium’ award was won by Cheonan Stadium, the home of the new team Cheonan. The Cheonan City Facility Management Corporation, which manages the stadium, has created an environment where players can play in an optimal environment through systematic management. Second place went to Busan Asiad Stadium, the home of Busan, and third place went to Gwangyang Football Stadium, the home of Jeonnam.

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