Creating a clean and hassle/hazard-free fan experience. This would be the objectives of the Korea Baseball Organization’s (KBO) “SAFE Campaign” which will be implemented around the league beginning this season.
SAFE is an acronym of the words “security”, “attention”, “fresh”, and “emergency”. As you can infer from these set of words, the campaign is basically a safety precaution and security measure established by the KBO, which includes a list of regulation for fans to follow. If not, well, it is ruled an “out”.
The KBO claims the basis of the idea originated from the widespread political and social reaction towards major accidents occurred in 2014 (obviously the sinking of the MV Sewol). Furthermore, other than the 1,800-so incidents the league had to deal with in 2010-2013, we saw three major accidents last season with one of them even enlisted on Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in Sports”. Therefore, the KBO has been pressured to come up with measures to keep the game from future vice.
Although no one really seemed to notice, it did go through a trial run during the last year’s (2014) postseason. However, this season, it is for REAL.
Below, I have listed the DOs and DON’Ts mentioned in the campaign since there are no English versions. I hope this prevents any misunderstanding after being bounced by stadium ushers.
- Alcohol is NOT allowed into the stadium. Beverages in a can, glass bottle, or PET bottle (above 1L) are NOT allowed in as well. However, guests are permitted to bring one non-alcoholic beverage in a factory sealed PET bottle (1L or less) in to the stadium.
- Patrons will be limited to four alcoholic beverages per purchase at stadium concession. The sale of alcohol may end at the end of the 7th inning.
- Guests are permitted to carry one bag (45cm×45cm×20cm) and an additional plastic or paper bag (30cm×50cm×12cm) into the stadium.
- Any form of boxes and coolers are NOT permitted in the stadium.
- Any form of blades and gas burners are NOT permitted in the stadium.
- Guests are encourgaed to pay attention to safety whistles blown by the event staff. Foul balls are asked to be avoided.
- Guests are NOT encouraged to catch foul balls with bare hands. Guests are recommended to bring baseball gloves into the stadium.
- Beware of accidental falls and slips.
- Any food that may impede others’ fan experience are prohibited from the stadium. (e. g. noodles, soup, food with unpleasant odor, etc.)
- Noisemakers that is deemed offensive or unpleasant to guests, and banners or large objects that take up unnecessary space or obstruct any person’s view of the playing field are are NOT permitted in the stadium.
- Foul or abusive language is prohibited during games.
- All stadiums are smoke free venues.
- If an immediate medical attention is required, the nearest event staff will provide assistance and guide you to the first aid room.
- In any type of emergency situation (e. g. blackout, earthquake, fire, terrorist attack, etc.), guests are encouraged to listen and watch for instructions from the PA system, scoreboard or event staff. All fans will asked to cooperate with the event staff.
- Guests will be asked to refrain from sitting or standing in the aisles or in the stairways. Not only does this obstruct others from viewing the game, aisles and stairways serve as evacuation routes during emergency situations.
- SAFE 캠페인, Korea Baseball Organization/Sports2i.
- 롯데 자이언츠, 파울 볼 맞아 중상 입은 여대생에 사과, nocutnews.com, Aug. 3, 2014.
- 관중석에서 불이 난 광주 챔피언스 필드, Daum Sports, May 1, 2014.