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S. Korean pro football league sees slight increase in paid attendance

All Headlines 16:02 December 05, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- The paid attendance for the top South Korean pro football league this season has increased slightly from last season, data showed Wednesday.

The K League, the operator of pro football leagues, said that the top flight K League 1 had a paid attendance of 1,241,518 in the 2018 season, up 7,850 from the last season. The K League 1's average paid attendance for this season was 5,445.

Reigning K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors had a sharp increase in their average paid attendance. The Jeonju-based club had an average paid attendance of 11,907, up 1,700 from last season.

Daegu FC finished seventh in the league, but with the rise of star goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who represented South Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they also saw a surge in paid attendance. Daegu reported an average paid attendance of 3,518 this season, up 984 from last season.

However, traditional powerhouses that had disappointing seasons saw a drop in their attendance.

FC Seoul, finishing 11th in the 12-team league, had an average paid attendance of 11,566. The six-time K League 1 champions last year marked 13,969.

The average paid attendance of Suwon Samsung Bluewing plunged from 7,912 to 6,709. Suwon finished in sixth place, down three spots from last year.

Meanwhile, the second-tier K League 2 had a total paid attendance of 310,584 this season, with the average paid attendance figure at 1,707.

This file photo taken Sept. 16, 2018, shows spectators watching a K League 1 match between FC Seoul and Daegu FC at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

kdon@yna.co.kr
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