Chuncheon Songam Sports Town, the home stadium of Gangwon FC, which was engulfed in the ‘paddy field lawn controversy’, started restoration work in earnest in collaboration with the club as well as officials from Chuncheon City.
The Gangwon club, which finished the 14th round of the K-League 1 (0-0 draw) with the Pohang Steelers on the 21st, started preparing for the ground lawn replacement the next day, the 22nd. From the beginning of this season, Gangwon has been criticized for the messy grass condition of the main stadium of Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon. Signs of significant damage were seen across the center of the field, and recently, the grass was damaged near the touchline, resulting in irregular bounces or falling players during the game. It was unacceptable as a professional club that has to show the best ground environment and performance to the fans who visited the stadium.
Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong also said right after the game, “In the process of passing, there were irregular bounces, such as sometimes (the ball) bounced a lot and died. Players would be uncomfortable. A difficult situation arose as he died suddenly in front of the goal post.” 안전놀이터
Above all, an uneven turf poses a risk of player injury. The Professional Football Federation sent an official letter to the Gangwon club on the 18th, requesting them to submit a plan to improve the turf. If no improvement measures are found, the next home game, the Gangwon-Daejeon match on the 7th of next month, will be discussed.
Gangwon CEO Kim Byeong-ji recently complained through this magazine, “There are difficulties because we are not the main body of stadium management (Chuncheon City Corporation).” There was a view to use Gangneung Sports Complex or Wonju Sports Complex as a substitute, but CEO Kim said, “Gangneung has several events such as the Gangwon-do Provincial Sports Festival, and Wonju’s lighting facilities do not meet the K-League standards.” How to improve the Chuncheon Ground stated that there is no
The Gangwon club and the Chuncheon City Corporation discussed emergency repair measures after accepting the official letter from the professional league. It is known that through a professional turf company, he heard the opinion that it can be fully restored in less than three weeks until the home game next month.
On the 22nd, to prepare for supplementation, the area where the grass withered in the stadium was removed. On the 23rd and 24th, grass supplementation, rolling, and top dressing will be carried out. Representative Kim said, “We are moving closely by contacting officials in Chuncheon City and Gangwon Province. He is taking the matter seriously, and he will definitely improve the ground until the next home game.”