Anyang KGC and Seoul SKㅋㅋㅋ벳, which are clashing in the ‘2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball’ championship match (4 out of 7), are catching the eye by forming a new rivalry. The two teams, who met in the 2021-2022 season championship match and competed for the championship, also clashed in the final of the 2023 East Asian Super League (EASAL) Champions Week held in Japan in March of this year. SK took the KBL champion trophy last season, but KGC laughed in EASL. The two teams are facing off on a single bridge even for the KBL championship in the 2022-2023 season.
The regular league match between KGC and SK was also unfolded with great interest. The 5th and 6th rounds of the regular league were all held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium, SK’s home. The interest of basketball fans was so hot that both games recorded a crowd of 10,000.
Not only in the 5th and 6th rounds, but also in the regular league clashes between the two teams, famous matches were often produced. Among the six regular league matches, the largest score difference was only 7 points. Players from both teams clashed fiercely in each game, with two games with mixed joys and sorrows by one point, making the fans who visited the stadium go wild.
This enthusiasm naturally led to the championship game. 4312 spectators entered the first game on the 25th, even though it was a weekday evening game. Immediately after the first game, the ambiguity of tickets for SK’s home games in the 3rd and 4th games began, and they were all sold out in less than 3 minutes. It seems that there were many fans who wanted to buy tickets as the third game was held on Saturday, the 29th, and the fifth game was held on May 1, Labor Day. On the 27th, a KBL official said, “There is a lot of interest in this championship match to the extent that there are not a few tickets-related inquiries. Ticket sales for the 5th game have not started, but inquiries about tickets for the 5th game are also coming in.”
Although the popularity and interest in professional basketball is not the same as before, this year’s championship match between KGC and SK is overflowing with vitality. Thanks to the two teams often producing great matches with high level of performance, the KGC-SK match is emerging as a new box office card in professional basketball.