Neither stadium relocation nor expo patching… Busan’s successive ‘Busan IPark passing’

It was found that the city of Busan did not properly consult with Busan I-Park, a professional soccer team affiliated with Busan, on matters directly affecting the team’s operations. While cooperating with other local professional teams to promote the 2030 World Expo Busan bid, the city did not consult with Busan I-Park, which has been fueling the controversy over the stadium.

On March 28, Busan City announced the final results of the feasibility study and basic planning service for the reconstruction of Sajik Baseball Stadium. At the time, the city chose the ASIAAD main stadium as an alternative stadium to be used during the reconstruction of Sajik Baseball Stadium (2026-2028). It stated its policy to convert the Asiad Main Stadium, which currently consists of a soccer field and a running track, into a baseball stadium. 토토사이트순위

However, it was revealed that the city of Busan did not conduct a single official consultation with Busan I-Park, which uses the Asiad Stadium as its home stadium, while announcing the reconstruction plan. Busan I-Park did not receive a single letter from Busan until the announcement of the final service results. As a result, Busan I-Park was forced to vacate its home stadium without having the opportunity to discuss a replacement for the Asiad Stadium with the city of Busan.

Busan I-Park has not been able to participate in promotional activities for the 2030 Busan World Expo. Currently, major Korean professional sports teams are displaying the 2030 Busan World Expo logo on their jerseys and helmets. The Lotte Giants and the Busan BNK Thumb women’s basketball team, both professional teams with ties to Busan, are wearing the 2030 Busan World Expo patch on their jerseys. Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers, professional soccer teams with ties to other regions, also play with the Expo logo.

However, Busan I-Park, a team with ties to Busan, has not had any discussions with the city regarding the Expo patch. A club official said, “Busan I-Park is ready to put its efforts into hosting the 2030 Expo Busan,” adding, “It is unfortunate that we were unable to reach a concrete agreement with Busan City regarding the patch.”

Fans who support Busan IPark are also complaining about the city’s actions. “I don’t understand why the city of Busan is putting all its efforts into hosting the Expo, but doesn’t care about the clubs with ties to Busan,” said an official from the Busan Supporters.

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