Director Jeon Chang-jin said, “I heard there will be a lot of spectators, but I’m worried that I’ll be embarrassed if I invite them.”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way.
I heard cheers every time I scored, so it was thrilling and fun.”
Professional basketball Busan KCC’s ‘Busan debut’ Heo Woong, who led the rapid victory, expressed the enthusiasm shown by over 8,700 fans as ‘the best part of basketball. 안전놀이터
KCC held the game at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the afternoon of the 22nd.
In the first home game of the 2023-2024 CheongKwanJang professional basketball team, they defeated Seoul Samsung 106-100.
KCC, which left Jeonju after 22 years, made its first appearance in Busan, its new hometown, through this game.
However, more than 8,700 spectators came to the stadium and all the seats were sold out.
Heo Woong, who became the number one contributor to the victory by scoring 23 points, looked back on the excitement in the stadium at the post-game press conference and smiled, saying, “I think this is the best part of basketball.”
He then said, “I was happy.
The gym is big, so if you keep coming to make sure there are no empty seats, I will repay you with a performance like today.’
If all floors are utilized, Sajik Gymnasium can accommodate approximately 12,000 people, which is the largest number of spectators among the home stadiums of all professional basketball teams.
This is about three times the capacity of 4,000 people at the Jeonju Gymnasium used during Jeonju.
In fact, the attendance record on this day greatly exceeded the largest number of spectators for a regular league game last season.
This year, 5,271 people attended the game between Seoul SK and Anyang Jeonggwanjang held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on February 19th, which was the highest number last season.
Looking at the crowd of spectators, I was most impressed.
The person who was anxious was Coach Jeon Chang-jin.
Coach Jeon said, “I really had a lot of pressure today.
I want to win, but in fact, Alize DeShawn Johnson lost yesterday. “I didn’t practice because my toes hurt,” he said.
“Lagon’s physical condition wasn’t very good.
“What if it hurts tomorrow too?” “I was worried,” he confessed.
He then laughed, saying, “I heard that a lot of spectators would come to the opening game in Busan, but as a coach, I was worried that I would only end up being embarrassed by inviting people.”
Coach Jeon knows this stadium well.
When Suwon KT was based in Busan, coach Jeon’s home stadium was Sajik Gymnasium from 2009 to 2015.
Coach Jeon said, “I haven’t experienced anything like this since playing in front of large crowds during my time as coach of KT.
Afterwards, it wasn’t like this even when we advanced to the championship game.”
Anyway, I’m glad I made a good first step in Busan,’ he said.
Samsung’s Coach Eun Hee-seok also pointed out that the atmosphere created by over 8,000 spectators was one of the negative factors.
Director Eun said, “It’s a regrettable part.
It’s actually a happy thing to play in front of many spectators, but we didn’t have many opportunities to do that,” he said.
“It seemed like a lot of pressure on the young players.
As a coach, I can see that.
“It’s a pity,” he said.