Busan Gudeok Stadium

Coordinates: 35°06′59″N 129°00′52″E / 35.116495°N 129.01449°E / 35.116495; 129.01449
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Gudeok Stadium
Former namesBusan Municipal Stadium
Location57, Mangyang-ro, Seo-gu, Busan, South Korea
Coordinates35°06′59″N 129°00′52″E / 35.116495°N 129.01449°E / 35.116495; 129.01449
OwnerBusan Metropolitan City Hall
OperatorBusan Sports Facility Management
SurfaceNatural grass
Opened26 September 1928
Busan IPark (1983–2002, 2016–2021, 2023)
Busan Transportation Corporation (2006–2021, 2023–present)
Busan Gudeok Stadium
부산 구덕 운동장
Revised RomanizationBusan Gudeong Undongjang
McCune–ReischauerPusan Kudŏng Undongjang

The Busan Gudeok Stadium (Korean부산 구덕 운동장) is a multi-purpose stadium in Busan, South Korea. The stadium is used mostly for football matches and can accommodate 12,349 spectators. The venue opened in September 1928 as Busan Municipal Stadium (부산 공설 운동장).[1] During the 1988 Summer Olympics, it hosted some of the football matches. It was also the main venue for the 1997 East Asian Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics and football competitions. Professional football team Busan IPark played their home games at the venue between 1983 and 2002. Additionally, semi-professional team Busan Transport Corporation have played their home games at the venue since 2006.

1988 Summer Olympics[edit]

During the 1988 Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, eight football games took place at the Gudeok stadium, including all three of South Korea's matches and one semi-final match.[2] 180 players accompanied by 72 officials from nine countries competed for eleven days (17–27 September), attracting a total of 146,320 spectators or 18,290 on average per day.[3] A total of 675 million won was spent on the stadium before the tournament to improve the electronic scoreboard and other facilities.[3]

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Attendance
17 September 1988 West Germany 3–0 China Group A 24,000
18 September 1988 South Korea 0–0 Soviet Union Group C 30,000
19 September 1988 West Germany 4–1 Tunisia Group A 14,000
20 September 1988 South Korea 0–0 United States Group C 22,000
21 September 1988 Tunisia 0–0 China Group A 17,000
22 September 1988 Argentina 2–1 South Korea Group C 30,000
25 September 1988 Soviet Union 3–0 Australia Quarter-final 5,000
27 September 1988 Soviet Union 3–2 (a.e.t.) Italy Semi-final 10,000

1959 crowd crush[edit]

On 17 July 1959, 67 people died after heavy rains caused a crowd to rush into a narrow entrance.[4][5]


  1. ^ "구덕 운동장" [Gudeok Stadium]. 한국학중앙연구원 [Academy of Korean Studies].
  2. ^ "Football Tournament 1988 Olympiad". RSSSF. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "1988 Summer Olympics official report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Chronology of major stampedes in S. Korea". Yonhap News Agency. 30 October 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-05.
  5. ^ "1959년 부산운동장 67명… 한 달 전 인니 축구장 132명 '참사'" [1959 Busan Stadium 67 people... A month ago, 132 people in Indonesia's soccer field 'disaster']. Seoul Shinmun. October 30, 2022.

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