‘Portable toilet + porta-potty’ jamboree takes up practically an entire sports field… “beyond recovery”

With the much-talked-about Jamboree K-pop concert just one day away, virtually the entire ground will be exposed.rtable chairs around the perimeter and the entire pitch was utilised.메이저사이트

The 2023 Saemangeum Jamboree K-pop concert will take place at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 11 November at 7pm. The concert will be preceded by a closing ceremony at the same venue.

The K-pop concert was previously scheduled to take place in the Saemangeum area, but was hastily changed to Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 6th. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism explained the change of venue as a result of “a combination of capacity and travelling conditions.”

The sudden change was not the end of the story. On the 8th, the ministry announced that the venue for the K-pop concert would be changed again, this time from Jeonju World Cup Stadium to Seoul World Cup Stadium. The ministry said the decision was necessitated by the forecast for Typhoon Kanun to pass over the Korean Peninsula.

There have also been concerns about the damage to the stadium’s grass due to the erratic administration. When the news of the venue change to Seoul World Cup Stadium was circulating, an FC Seoul official said, “The E seats are adjustable, so we can perform without damaging the grass,” adding, “If the grass is damaged in the current weather, it could be a big problem, so we are keeping a close eye on it.”

Contrary to the wishes of Seoul officials, the stage is being set up on the goal side of the S-seat. When I visited the stadium at 4pm on the 10th, I saw the general outline of the performance. The stage started behind the S-seat goal and took up a quarter of the ground beyond the penalty box. Mobile toilets were set up towards the E section, which is a variable seat. Folding chairs were constantly being transported in and out of the stadium, making use of virtually the entire pitch.

Mobile toilets were set up in the E section. There were portable chairs around the perimeter and the entire pitch was utilised.

Outside the stadium, the transport of portable chairs continued.
The Seoul World Cup Stadium was the first in Korea to introduce hybrid grass in March last year. At the time, the Seoul Metropolitan Government boasted, “The hybrid grass is a 95:5 mix of natural grass and artificial grass,” adding, “The files of the artificial grass are intertwined with the roots of the natural grass, increasing the cohesion and preventing the grass from digging due to external impacts.” Despite the large budget, the stadium was faced with damage after about a year and five months.

“Such a performance in hot and humid weather takes a 100% toll on the turf,” said the turf manager of a K League club, adding, “It needs a cold wind to recover, which is almost impossible in the current situation.”

“August is a time when you have to be especially careful with your grass,” he said, “You have one day of performances, but you also have to think about set-up and take-down time. How will the grass be watered during set-up?”

He also said, “The grass is almost dead where the poles are installed for the stage.” “Honestly, there is no way to do it in Korea, but it doesn’t make sense from our point of view,” he said bitterly.

“Football fans are concerned about the grass,” said Choi Hoon, head of the Local Government Balanced Development Office at the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, at the ‘Jamboree K-Pop Concert Safety Measures and Progress Briefing’ held at 4 p.m. on the 10th, “and we are proceeding with caution in areas such as stage installation to minimise damage.” “Nevertheless, we have secured a budget for quick restoration as there is a risk of damage to the grass,” Choi said, adding, “We plan to support the restoration as much as possible so that the football game is not disrupted.”

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