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Fans galore on first day of baseball season

All Headlines 23:10 April 01, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- Three of five games were played before sellout crowds as the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) opened its 2016 season Friday.

The league said 85,963 fans attended the games across the nation, as the 35th KBO season got underway. It was the sixth-largest Opening Day attendance.

The KBO reached over 90,000 fans on five previous Opening Days, and they all fell on a Saturday. This was only the second time in league history that a season started on a Friday.

The LG Twins and the Hanwha Eagles attracted a full house of 26,000 fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. At brand new Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the defending champ Doosan Bears and the host Samsung Lions drew a sellout crowd of 24,000.

The 11,000-seat Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, was also packed for the tilt between the home team NC Dinos and the Kia Tigers.

The two other games failed to fill up their ballparks. The 26,000-seat Incheon SK Happy Dream Park drew 14,517 fans for the game between the SK Wyverns and the KT Wiz.

Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, a brand new park with 16,000 seats, had 10,446 spectators as the Nexen Heroes hosted the Lotte Giants.

The KBO has set out to attract 8.68 million fans this season, which would surpass 7.36 million spectators from last year as the all-time single season record.

The league's pursuit of the mark will be aided by two clubs moving into larger stadiums. The Heroes have moved from the 10,600-seat Mokdong Stadium to the 16,000-seat Gocheok Sky Dome. The Lions had called the 10,000-seat Daegu Citizen Baseball Stadium their home since the inaugural KBO season in 1982, but have moved into Daegu Samsung Lions Park with 24,000 seats.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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