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FC Seoul draw most revenue from ticket sales among S. Korean pro football clubs in 2018

All Headlines 14:33 January 08, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul drew the most revenue from ticket sales among South Korean pro football clubs last year, the country's pro football league said Tuesday.

The K League, the operator of pro football leagues, said that FC Seoul brought in 2.95 billion won (US$2.62 million) from ticket sales, the most among 22 pro football clubs in South Korea.

Seoul, six-time K League 1 champions, had a poor season in 2018, finishing 11th in the 12-team league. They had an average paid attendance of 11,566 last year, a sharp decline from 13,969 in 2017, but managed to top the list after making a league-most 11,981 won per spectator.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings, finishing sixth in the 2018 season, were second in terms of revenue after collecting 1.98 billion won from ticket sales, followed by the reigning K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with 1.87 billion won.

The top-flight K League 1 generated 11.63 billion won in ticket revenue in 2018, with the average revenue per spectator staying at 7,326 won.

The second division K League 2 made 2.66 billion won total, with 4,162 won in average ticket revenue per spectator.

Seongnam FC brought in 795 million won from ticket sales, the most among 10 K League 2 clubs. Seongnam finished second in the K League 2 but will compete in the first division this year after reigning champions Asan Mugunghwa were denied promotion due to insufficient recruitment plans for the 2019 season.

In this file photo taken on Sept. 16, 2018, fans watch a K League 1 match between FC Seoul and Daegu FC at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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