First Game at Mokdong – May 7, 1990

On this day…

in 1990, after 18 months of building and another 14-month delay due to faulty construction, Seoul’s Mokdong Baseball Stadium finally saw its first official game played.  Actually, three games were played at the stadium as part of the 45th National College Baseball Championship tournament.  In the historic first game, Wonkwang University (원광대) defeated Yonsei University (연세대) 2-1.  The first ever home run at the stadium was hit by Sungkyunkwan University’s (성균관대) catcher, Jeon Yong-gyu (전용규), during the third game.

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*The grand opening of Mokdong Baseball Stadium featured three college tournament games. Photo is a scene from the second game: Incheon College vs. Hongik University. (Courtesy of the Kyunghyang Shinmun via Naver Library)

The baseball stadium is part of Mokdong Sports Complex, originally planned (in 1987) for the residents nearby the township of Mokdong.  However, the city government suddenly changed their plans and upgraded the design to suit a larger crowd.  The construction had actually been completed in time, except for its drainage system.  The main stadium and baseball stadium both were flooded over the winter, and the fields had to go under reconstruction.

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*The view of Mokdong Sports Complex in November 1989.  The structure on the top left is the baseball stadium.  (Courtesy of Dong-A Ilbo via Naver Library)

One other interesting fact about the stadium is that it almost became the home of the LG Twins.  The Twins took over ownership of the MBC Chungyong, which had been based in Seoul from the beginning, after the 1989 season.  However, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) approved the take over under the condition that LG plays in a new home beginning in 1991.  LG’s franchise operation plan, which had been submitted to the KBO, included a plan to build a stadium with a capacity of 40,000-50,000.  The KBO wanted that done on Mokdong.  After a short battle, the KBO allowed the LG Twins to share Jamsil Baseball Stadium with the OB Bears.

Currently, the stadium has served as the home of the Seoul Nexen Heroes since 2008.

 

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