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Daegu Citizen Stadium

Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Home of the Samsung Lions

3.6

3.6

Daegu Citizen Stadium (map it)
Goseong-dong 3-ga
Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
South Korea


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Daegu Citizen Stadium website

Year Opened: 1948

Capacity: 13,940

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The Samsung Lions are one of the most successful teams in Korean baseball, with six championships under their belt. Three of those were won consecutively, 2011-2013 and they are almost certain to play post-season ball in 2014, making a total of 16 times to the playoffs.

Daegu Stadium is aging, cramped and relatively isolated. With Mudeung Stadium in Gwangju replaced by Champions Field in 2014, this is now the stadium most desperately in need of a rebuild.

The stadium is very intimate and the crowd absolutely rocks when the Lions are playing well. Tickets sell out for weekend games very quickly and you need to be early on the day to even get standing room.

3.6

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Daegu Citizen Stadium is definitely one in which bringing your own food must be considered. There is an eMart within 10 minutes walk of the stadium, or you can pick up reasonably priced food from the vendors outside just before entering. They sell the usual pre-game fried chicken, pizza, and Korean snacks.

Inside the stadium on the third base side, there are only small shops selling beer and snacks, a coffee shop and a chicken outlet.

Prices are reasonable and match outside corner shop prices - approximately 2,000 Won for a beer, 1,000 Won for ice cream, etc.

One of the more interesting aspects of food at the stadium is the arrangement for fried squid. You buy the squid from the shops inside the stadium and fry it yourself at stations set up along the concourse.

Atmosphere    4

The weekend crowd at Daegu Stadium is packed in like sardines in a can, with thousands of standing room tickets sold. Crowd excitement is hugely contagious and after a few innings people are cheering the between-innings competitions and entertainment nearly as hard as the game. It also helps that large sections of the crowd are clearly regulars and know each other well, contributing to the party atmosphere at the game.

South Korean fans are also experts in performing the slow wave and crowd entertainment can include regular, slow and fast Mexican waves coordinated by the cheerleaders. Beer drinking races are also hugely popular.

The cheerleaders really hype the crowd up and keep the excitement flowing all game long.

The forecourt is very small and crowded and pre-game it can be pretty easy to lose your companions (especially if they are children) or to bump into a previously unseen obstacle - like the crane for TV cameras that takes up a large chunk of real estate.

The crowd and the cheerleaders are excellent, but everything else that would provide an enjoyable atmosphere is not there.

Neighborhood    3

Daegu is a really nice city with a pumping downtown area, beautiful parks and fantastic restaurants. Unfortunately, none of that is within walking distance of the stadium.

The soccer stadium next door to Daegu Stadium is not used by the local team anymore and the restaurants and shops directly across the road from the stadium are not open before or after Sunday games.

Daegu has a number of famous markets accessible from the one subway line, a really lovely central park in the main administrative area and the downtown area is filled with people partying every weekend night. There are excellent places for pigs feet and bingsu (Korean shaved ice), as well as some fantastic western-style food, including a Turkish lamb kebab place in the downtown area that uses a wood-fired oven to bake the bread for your meal when you order.

Fans    5

Samsung Lions fans are loud and passionate, just like the fans of all the other KBO teams. The stadium really rocks when the Lions are doing well.

Daegu Stadium can be very crowded, but generally fans behave well and there is no pushing or stealing other fans' standing room "spots" if they go to the bathroom or to get something to eat.

Experienced standing room fans are also well-prepared with cushions and flattened cardboard boxes to sit on.

Fans of the visiting team are thoroughly booed for failing to join in crowd activities like the Mexican wave. As a traveler, it is not the warmest reception in the KBO, but there is definitely a strong sense of 'belonging' amongst the regular fans. It feels like a place where it would not take long to be recognized as a regular.

Access    3

Daegu Stadium is located about a mile from the main Daegu train station. It is possible to walk from the train station, but you will want a map of the area to do so with confidence, as there are underpasses and a few quiet and dark neighborhoods to navigate.

Taking a taxi from the Daegu Train Station (and Daegu Train station stop on the subway) costs around 2,800 Won and there are always plenty of taxis available. Don't forget that useful phrase "yagu-jang" to get to the stadium.

There are also numerous buses that stop at or near the stadium, including the 349, 704 and 708.

This stadium has a wheelchair area, but overall the stadium is old with narrow concourses and narrow stairwells. While not impossible to navigate if you have mobility issues, it is significantly more difficult on a crowded evening. The steps from the main inside concourse to the seating aisles vary in depth and breadth and it is very easy to mis-step and risk falling.

The seating in the general admission areas is roomy and generous.

The age of the venue also shows in the bathrooms. On a busy night there is a long line for the ladies' bathrooms and you will be sharing the sinks and mirrors with the cheerleaders as they change makeup and outfits between performances.

There is no security or bag check on the way into the stadium, only a check for a valid ticket.

Return on Investment    5

Samsung Lions tickets are very cheap to watch an excellent team and be part of a loud and enthusiastic crowd. Baseball in Korea is easily one of the best value things you can do with your Won and a night out at Daegu Citizens Stadium continues the tradition.

Extras    2

The option to fry your own squid is entertaining and unique. Considering how popular that snack is in Korea and how tight the space in Daegu Stadium is, this is an excellent solution to make sure everyone gets what they want.

Despite the space constraints, the crowd here really is very good at managing standing room and looking out for the children in the crowd.

Sumsung Lions also have an extremely limited selection of merchandise. If you are collecting something specific, this is the team in the KBO that could sink your collection.

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Crowd Reviews

Samsung Lions in Daegu

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 1

The Samsung Lions (삼성 라이온즈) are one of the most storied franchises in Korean Baseball having won a total of five championships (2nd most in history) and finished runner up a record nine times. They have been playing at Daegu Citizen Stadium (also known as Daegu Baseball Stadium) since their inception in 1982.

The Lions play in the ever popular Korean Baseball Organization. The league has a total of 8 teams (will be 9 in 2013), and only the Kia Tigers have more titles.

Daegu Baseball Stadium holds just under 14,000 and is one of the oldest stadiums in the country having been built in 1948. However, the Lions will have a new home in 2014 as the city of Daegu is building a new stadium.

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