Gwangju-KIA Champions Field
Gwangju-KIA Champions Field is located on the former Gwangju Mudeung Stadium, which was built to prepare for the 46th National Games, which took place in Gwangju in 1965 and hosted regional big sporting events. It was newly built by demolishing the soccer field right next to Mudeung Baseball Stadium and will be used as the home ground of the Kia Tigers starting in the 2014 season. The construction began in November 2011, the total cost of 99.4 billion Korean Won was spent and it has two underground levels. five stories above ground and 22,244 seats in total and can accommodate maximum 27,000 people. As it is a spectator friendly type building, the distance from the home plate to the stand is 18.5 meters, which is the shortest distance among all baseball stadiums in Korea and it introduces an open-type central corridor for the first time in Korea so that spectators can continue to watch the game while using amenities such as bathrooms and snack bars.
On the outside square, a forest was created by planting 47,000 trees in 22 species such as zelkova, pine, etc. in 12,000㎡ area. It is an environmentally friendly stadium where spectators can watch the game while looking at Mudeungsan Mountain and the forest, take a rest with their families in the shade and take a walk. Mudeung Stadium, which disappeared to the history, has a more meaning than just a sports stadium. For 47 years from 1965, the citizens of Gwangju expressed their joy and sorrow in cheer and whenever the Tigers won the championship, they sang songs such as ‘The Tears of Mokpo’ together. Also, the main gate of the Mudeung Stadium is the place where numerous taxi and bus drivers gathered to march onto Jeonnam Provincial Government Building and is designated as the May 18th Uprising historical site No. 18, so it has a big historical meaning.