Spring’ has come to Jeju United. The average attendance is over 7000.
Jeju has geographical conditions that make it difficult to attract spectators. This is because the Jeju World Cup Stadium is located in Seogwipo, not Jeju City. It takes about an hour to reach Seogwipo from Jeju Airport. Fans residing in Jeju City, as well as coming to cheer for the away team, are bound to be accompanied by considerable difficulties.
Nevertheless, the number of home spectators in Jeju has increased this season, and it is being maintained. On the 2nd, Jeju played a home game against Ulsan Hyundai at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in the 5th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’. On this day, 7,140 spectators visited the stadium. It was Jeju’s third home game this season. All three of Jeju’s home games have succeeded in attracting more than 7,000 spectators.
For the opening game, 8362 spectators filled the stadium. The largest number of spectators gathered since the tally of paid spectators in 2018스포츠토토. In particular, more than 7,000 people in three consecutive home games are unprecedented in the history of the Jeju club. The average number of spectators for three games is 7527.
In the past, in the 2013 season, the number of spectators increased in the opening game (8,771) and the second game (12,826), but in the third game, the number dropped sharply to 4,773. In the 2014 season and 2015 season, 16,588 and 15,047 spectators gathered for the opening match, respectively. However, in the 2nd and 3rd matches, the number of spectators decreased to one-third. It is a structure that is not easy to maintain interest as much as it is.
Jeju has been steadily carrying out ESG activities. We are preparing a participatory event for fans to visit the stadium. It also plays a role in attracting interest in soccer through activities that melt into the local community, such as commemorating the 4.3 Incident. The Jeju front desk actively utilizes face-to-face meetings to directly attract audiences. This is the club’s own analysis that it has led to a steady increase in fixed fans toward soccer and Jeju club.
On this day, in the audience, “Why doesn’t Hayes come out?” A young boy asked, “Where is Ahn Hyun-beom?” It should be seen as a sign that interest in the club has grown. Moreover, Jeju is experiencing ups and downs at the beginning of this season with injuries one after another. They are sluggish with 2 draws and 3 losses in 5 matches. Still, the interest is great. It is also a positive factor that the number of spectators in Jeju can further increase if the results are supported. We have to watch the future trend, but this is why Jeju’s ‘spring’ should also receive more attention as ‘spring’ has come to the K-League.