Seoul World Cup Stadium

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Seoul World Cup Stadium
Sangam Stadium
World cup stadium seoul.jpg
Location240, World Cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Coordinates37°34′06″N 126°53′50″E / 37.568222°N 126.897361°E / 37.568222; 126.897361
Public transitSeoul Metropolitan Subway:
Seoul Metro Line 6.svg at World Cup Stadium
OperatorSeoul Facilities Management Corporation
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Broke groundOctober 20, 1998; 22 years ago (1998-10-20)
OpenedNovember 10, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-11-10)
Construction costUS $185 million[1]
ArchitectRyu Choon-soo
South Korea national football team
FC Seoul
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeoul Woldeukeop Gyeonggijang
McCune–ReischauerSŏul Wŏldŭk'ŏp Kyŏnggijang

The Seoul World Cup Stadium (Korean서울월드컵경기장), also known as Sangam Stadium, is a stadium used mostly for association football matches. The venue is located in 240, World Cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It was built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and opened on November 10, 2001. It is currently the second largest stadium in South Korea after Seoul Olympic Stadium, and is the largest rectangular stadium in Asia. It was designed to represent the image of a traditional Korean kite.[3] The stadium has a capacity of 66,704 seats, including 816 seats for VIP, 754 seats for press and 75 private Sky Box rooms, each with a capacity for 12 to 29 persons. Due to table seats installation, capacity was reduced from 66,806 seats to 66,704 seats in February 2014. Since the World Cup it has been managed by the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation (SMFMC).[4] FC Seoul moved to the Seoul World Cup Stadium in 2004.


The Seoul World Cup Stadium, the largest football-specific stadium in Asia, proudly exhibits its Korean roots. The roof has the unique shape of a traditional Korean kite, is 50 meters high, is supported by 16 masts, and covers 90% of the stadium’s seats. Clad with fiberglass fabric and polycarbonate glazing its looks as if it is made out of hanji – traditional Korean paper. At nighttime, illuminations bathe the stadium in a warm, soft light, much like the light shining through the paper of a traditional Korean lamp.[5]

Notable football events[edit]

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The Seoul World Cup Stadium was one of the venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round
31 May 2002  France 0–1  Senegal Group A
13 June 2002  Turkey 3–0  China PR Group C
25 June 2002  South Korea 0–1  Germany Semi-finals

2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

The Seoul World Cup Stadium was one of the venues of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round
9 September 2007  Ghana 1–2  Germany Third place match
9 September 2007  Spain 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(0–3 pen.)
 Nigeria Final

2013 AFC Champions League Final[edit]

The Seoul World Cup Stadium was the first leg venue of the 2013 AFC Champions League Final.

FC Seoul South Korea2–2China Guangzhou Evergrande
Escudero Goal 11'
Damjanović Goal 83'
Report Elkeson Goal 30'
Gao Lin Goal 58'
Attendance: 55,501



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Doopedia" (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  2. ^ "Stadium Profile at Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation" SMFMC. Retrieved March 14, 2016
  3. ^ "Seoul World Cup Stadium Tour Guide" Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine Seoul Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2011-10-12
  4. ^ "Stadium Introduction at Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation" SMFMC. Retrieved 2011-10-12
  5. ^ "Design of Seoul World Cup Stadium" Visit Korea
  6. ^ "Seoul World Cup Stadium page" FC Seoul. Retrieved 2011-10-12
  7. ^ "Korean TV Drama: Lovers in Paris". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  8. ^ Lee Yong-sung "Heartthrobs of Asian pop gather in Seoul" Korea Herald. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2012
  9. ^ "Asia Song Festival" Archived 2012-07-16 at the Wayback Machine KOFICE. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2011
  10. ^ Ryu Seung-yoon "Asia Song Festival to celebrate its 6th anniversary" Korea Herald. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012
  11. ^ Ryu Seung-yoon "Hosts for '2009 Dream Concert' announced" Korea Herald. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012
  12. ^ Kim, Jesscia (24 May 2010). "Super Junior performs at "Dream Concert"". 10 Asia. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  13. ^ ‘드림콘서트’ 6월3일 개최…엑소·레드벨벳 1차 라인업 [공식입장]. Naver (in Korean). The Dong-a Ilbo. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Stade de France
FIFA World Cup
Opening venue

Succeeded by
Allianz Arena
Preceded by
Estadio Nacional
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by
National Stadium
Preceded by
Staples Center
Los Angeles
League of Legends World Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Mercedes-Benz Arena

Coordinates: 37°34′05.6″N 126°53′50.5″E / 37.568222°N 126.897361°E / 37.568222; 126.897361