K League 2 stadium roundup - Suwon Sports Complex


This is the Tofu Bowl K League stadium write up. As I start with K League 2 and then move onwards and upwards to K League 1. Strap yourselves in for a trip around stadiums in South Korea.

Suwon Sports Complex

Suwon Sports Complex, the home of Suwon Football Club, is a multi-purpose sports complex, holding various sporting venues such as, Suwon Gymnasium, Suwon baseball stadium, and the Suwon footy pitch that hosts Suwon FC matches.

Like a lot of complexes and stadiums throughout Asia, this is an area that is capable of hosting multiple sports, either in the same stadium as the football or at another venue inside the arena.

In my experience, multi-purpose venues often don't make the best grounds for football matches, I am yet to be convinced that they can ever become great places for football, even with the installation of temporary seating.

The owner of the stadium is the city of Suwon, which is a key reason in explaining the multi-purpose functions that it serves. The whole complex wasn't just built to be used by a football team, or people wanting to play football, the complex is built for and to be used by the city of Suwon and its population, therefore when building a complex with this aim in mind, you can see why the idea of multi-purpose venues make sense in the planning process, but as a football venue, they're an epic failure in my opinion. 

Some clubs in Asia are starting to realise that size appropriate, football-specific stadia is preferential to an oversized multi-purpose venue, but this is a slow process, eventually, these kinds of stadia will be seen all over Asia but until then, we are going to have to make do with a lot of stadiums like the one found in Suwon.

The maximum capacity of the Suwon Sports Complex is 11,808 and according to Wikipedia, during the 2019 season, Suwon's average attendance was only 2,537 which is an increase of 35%. Even with that increase, the stadium is still sparsely populated, so will be a weird feeling. 

This highlights the fact that size appropriate stadia is better suited for these teams, as a mighty atmosphere would be created which could spur the team on to more wins.

That being said, Suwon have started the 2020 season like a house on fire, so if not for the COVID-19 pandemic they might have increased that attendance figure.

The Suwon Sports Complex as a multi-purpose area is an impressive amalgamation of different sporting venues. As a football stadium though, it doesn't do it for me. I just really don't like multi-functional football stadiums. South Korea has a whole job lot of these around the country too, so don't be fooled into thinking it is only Suwon. 

Suwon Sports Complex deets

Name: Suwon Sports Complex Main Stadium
Location: 775, Jowon-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Capacity: 11,808
Surface: Grass
Built: October 1971
Opened: 1971
Renovated: 2007, 2011
Tenants: Yukong Elephants (1987–1990) Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1996–2001) Suwon FC (2003–present) Suwon FMC (2015–present)

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