In front of Children’s Day rainy weather canceled in ’31 years’, ‘The trend of 1 million spectators was good…’ Series box office worries

May 5, 2023 0 Comments

The ‘Children’s Day Series’, which accounts for a large part of the box office success of the KBO League pennant race, is approaching. However, the rain forecast on the day of Children’s Day, which is the most sought after by fans, is interfering with this.

This year’s Children’s Day 3 consecutive games (May 5-7) include the traditional Jamsil Series (LG Twins-Doosan Bears), Sajik (Samsung Lions-Lotte Giants), Gocheok (SSG Landers-Kiwoom Heroes), and Daejeon (KT Wiz- Hanwha Eagles) and Changwon (KIA Tigers-NC Dinos).

In particular, the match between LG and Doosan is held regularly every year, and the attention is also great. Since 2010, all tickets for Children’s Day matches between the two teams have been sold, except for 2020, when they were held without spectators due to Corona 19, and last year, which failed with a difference of 988 people (24,012 out of 25,000 seats).

Doosan, which prepares for this year’s Children’s Day game from the perspective of the home team, has fully prepared for a box office success. Players from both teams (Doosan Yang Eui-ji and Choi Ji-gang / LG Hong Chang-ki and Kang Hyo-jong) will come out to sign autographs and hold a field sports day for children. The club mascot printed pencil case produced by KBO and Elihigh will also be presented on a first-come, first-served basis to children and student fans.

Same goes for other fields. Kiwoom places rides in the outdoor plaza of Gocheok Sky Dome, and Lotte also installs air bounces for children. NC holds various events related to Doguuri, the parent company’s character, and Hanwha also presents cotton candy, beaded ice cream, and pencil cases to children.

A box office hit was also predicted. According to a Doosan official, most of the seats for the game on the 5th have been reserved, and some of the outfield remains. Most of the 22,990 seats (as of 10:00 p.m. on the 4th) were sold, except for the outfield seats and the top center seats in the infield, for Lotte, who recently won 9 consecutive wins, returning home in a week.

However, on Children’s Day, rain is predicted nationwide. In Seoul, the rain that started at dawn is expected to fall all day, especially around 2:00 p.m.스포츠토토

In other regions, the situation is the same. Daejeon, Busan, and Changwon also hear rain until night. If this happens, there is a high possibility that all matches will be canceled except for Gocheok, which is a dome stadium. A scenario that the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and each club do not want to imagine is coming to reality. If even one game is postponed due to rain, it will be the first rain cancellation on Children’s Day since the 1992 Gwangju OB-Haitai match.

This year, the KBO League is cruising in terms of box office success despite the failure of international competitions and various insults from players and club leaders. Five stadiums were sold out from the opening game, and a total of 105,450 people filled the stadium, followed by 1 million spectators in 101 games until the 26th of last month. The situation is gradually going back to before COVID-19.

In addition, the so-called ‘Ellotgi’ (LG, Lotte, KIA), which lead the box office, were placed in the 2nd to 4th places side by side as of the 4th, and Doosan, which uses Jamsil, also has a 50% win rate. As the ranking fight became more interesting, the interest of the fans deepened. There was a lot of anticipation for the Children’s Day series, but rain prevented it.

Of course, this Children’s Day series is held over the weekend, so even if it’s not the day of Children’s Day, many fans can visit for the next two days. However, it is not very pleasant to lose one day out of three box office guarantees.

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