How can I get there? Subway: It couldn’t be any easier. Jamsil is situated on subway lines 2 (green circular line) and 9 (with local and express services) at Sports Complex Station (종합운동장역). The stadium is best reached from either exits 5 (for ticket line and out-field seats) or 6 (for food and home plate seats).
What is it? Home of the Doosan Bears and LG Twins, Jamsil is arguably the most iconic sports arena in Korea. Part of the Olympic Sports Complex in the neighbourhood of the same name, Jamsil holds 27,000 spectators and is often full on weekends.
Bus: You can also take one of the following green buses: 11-3, 11-6, 917, 2225, 3217, 3218, 3411, 3412, 3422, 3414, 3417, 3415 and 3314.
Can I buy food and drink? Because of new laws governing alcohol and food in sports stadia following some high-profile incidents in recent seasons, it is virtually impossible to bring alcohol into the stadium. Glass bottles, especially, are forbidden. However, there are numerous convenience stores selling reasonably priced beer inside and some boys will sell beer through kegs on their backs. Inside and out, there’s a limited range of foreign food (Burger King and KFC) and local food (predominately kimbap and ramen).
What if I want to get some merchandise? There is a Doosan and LG store located outside exit 5 selling a full range of jerseys, hats, hoodies and much more. Next to exit 6, under the ramp for third base seats, there is another store selling a small range of official merchandise from the other professional baseball clubs in the country. Also, you can find a very limited selection of gear inside the stadium, but it is best to buy outside.
Where should I sit? The home fans sit on the first base side but often the best atmosphere is in the away end. However, if you’re just going for the day and have no team to support, the view from high above home plate is spectacular and, at $10, represents extraordinarily good value. Outfield seats are cheapest, but you don’t really feel part of the action over there.
Is there any post-game entertainment? Yes there is. Jamsil is well stocked for anyone looking to keep the night going after a baseball game. Located between exits 5 and 6 you’ll find dozens of tables and carpets packed with people drinking beer and soju which have become a quasi fans’ zone when the weather is kind. If bars and restaurants are more your thing, a 15 minute walk will bring you to Sincheon, a lively area with great food and some decent boozers.
Oh, I need a ticket. Can I get one? Absolutely. Despite the success of both teams in recent years and the popularity of baseball in Korea , tickets can usually be found either on-line or at the stadium. If you don’t like crowds, try to avoid Jamsil between June and August at the weekend, especially if one of the well supported teams (Kia Tigers, Lotte Giants) is in town. There are plenty of ticket terminals outside the stadium but you can also book on line. Warning: There is no English option. Get a friend to help you.
Please click on the highlighted link if you would prefer to buy your’s on-line, instead of queuing outside the stadium. Warning. Interpark is in Korean, so if you don’t understand, ask for help.