Haeundae Beach is to be the only site in the city as an official World Cup cheering venue according to the Korea Times, down from four venues for the 2010 World Cup. The cheering site will be open June 18th when Korea opens their World Cup campaign versus Russia at 7 a.m.
The downsizing of events around the country have been a hot topic of discussion on social media around the country. The very early morning start times of the matches may also contribute to expected low attendance at the events.
Son Hyung-oh, a press agent for the Red Devils, the national team cheering squad, said in a recent interview with the Times that they are cautious of people’s feelings due to the recent Sewol tragedy.
‘We fully acknowledge that there are concerns over street cheering during the World Cup period, so we are deliberating on expressing our support for the national team in an appropriate manner.’
Seoul has yet to decide which venues will be open as the debate continues to prepare a site for cheering or to discontinue an incense memorial for the Sewol victims.
Korea is in Group H with Belgium, Russia and Algeria, with Korea being the lowest seed in the group, currently ranked 55th in the world.
South Korea World Cup Schedule
June 18 Korea vs. Russia – 7 a.m.
June 23 Korea vs. Algeria – 4 a.m.
June 27 Korea vs. Belgium – 5 a.m.