Changwon City Government, Korean Baseball Organization Unable To Strike Stadium Deal
Conflict has arisen again in the unified Changwon city government, composed of Changwon, Masan and Jinhae, "over where to locate the city's new baseball stadium planned for the NC Dinos baseball club," according to Seo & Kwon of the KOREA JOONGANG DAILY. The Dinos, which are using Changwon city in southern Gyeongsang as their home, "urged Changwon city government to build a new stadium in a better location" after the Korean Baseball Organization presented a study Tuesday that said the unified government's plan to build a new stadium for the Dinos is not appropriate. The KBO said that "the unified Changwon city's plan to build a 25,000-seat baseball stadium in Jinhae should be reconsidered." KBO Secretary General Yang Hae-young said, "The projected place in Jinhae can't attract enough audiences because not many people live around the region and even the traffic system isn't good enough to attract people in other regions such as Masan and Changwon." But Changwon said that "there will be no changes." City government spokesperson Lee Yong-am said, "We can't accept the KBO's demand" (KOREAN JOONGANG DAILY, 9/26).