A ‘home-friendly’ baseball stadium unlike any other in Korea is coming to Daejeon. The new baseball stadium in Daejeon, which is being built by the Hanwha Eagles with a total investment of 48.6 billion won, is raising expectations for its many unique features.
Hanwha signed a use and revenue agreement with Daejeon Metropolitan City on March 22 for the new ballpark, tentatively named Baseball Dream Park. With the full support of the Hanwha Group, Hanwha will pay a total of 48.6 billion won to the city of Daejeon for the use of the stadium, naming rights, advertising rights, and other revenue rights. The new ballpark will open in time for the start of the 2025 season and will be used for 25 years until 2049.
Initially, Hanwha decided to invest KRW 43 billion, but the cost of the project increased significantly from KRW 161.7 billion to KRW 200 billion due to additional construction work due to design changes and increases in raw material prices and labor costs. As a result, Hanwha also contributed an additional 5.6 billion won at the group level, for a total investment of 48.6 billion won.토토사이트
The team chose ‘Home Friendly’ as the concept for the new ballpark and went through a process of refining it. After the initial design, the team sought cooperation from the city of Daejeon by proposing more than 100 revisions to the basic design to improve the convenience of players, fans, and citizens of Daejeon. With the city of Daejeon accepting most of the revisions, the stadium is now being built as a brand new ballpark with features never before seen in Korea, including Asia’s first double-decker bullpen and an infinity pool.
The most prominent feature is the asymmetrical ground (99 meters in left, 115 meters in center, 122 meters in center, 112 meters in right, and 95 meters in right). Unlike US Major League Baseball stadiums, where different sizes and characteristics of each ballpark create a dynamic situation, domestic ballparks are uniformly symmetrical for neutrality reasons.
However, Hanwha wanted to be different and reflect the new trend by promoting asymmetry across stadium facilities for home friendliness. To realize this, the Hanwha New Stadium TF team traveled to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, Houston’s Minute Maid Park, and Texas’ Globe Life Field.
As a result, the right-field fence will have an 8-meter-high “monster wall” to maintain the existing home run park factor, instead of pulling the distance to the pole from 100 meters to 95 meters, as it was at Hanwha Life Eagles Park. It is reminiscent of Boston’s Fenway Park’s famous 11-meter-high Green Monster in left field. Instead, the rest of the fence will be lowered to 2.4 meters, the lowest height allowed by regulation. The wire mesh above the fences will also be removed, allowing for more “home run steals,” where a left fielder or center fielder catches a hit that goes over the fence.
The distance between left and right as well as left-center is different. The left-center field with the lower fence will be 115 meters away, 3 meters more than the existing stadium, while the right-center field with the monster wall will remain at 112 meters. Therefore, rather than favoring either left or right-handed hitters, the stadium is likely to be neutral in terms of home run park factor, just like the current Hanwha Life Eagles Park. However, the right-field monster wall is expected to increase the number of doubles and triples that hit the fence for home runs.
On the defensive side of the ball, there will be plenty to see. Right fielders don’t have a lot of range, which can be an opportunity for slow-footed, bubble-shaped outfielders. Left field and center field, on the other hand, will be more conducive to quick and athletic outfielders who can take advantage of the low fences.
In order to capitalize on these field characteristics, Hanwha went through an internal analysis and communication process that included input from the players. The team’s strategy team analyzed the batting distributions and launch angles of hitters likely to play for the team in 2025 and beyond over the past three years, as well as the home and away team batting distributions in current games played at Hanwha Life Eagles Park. In-depth interviews with the coaching staff and key position players were conducted to maximize the effectiveness of the home-friendly ballpark.
The unfamiliarity of the pitch for the away team could work to the advantage of the home team, Hanwha, which plays 71 or 73 games at home every other year. Hanwha’s unconventional approach is also expected to inspire new stadiums in Jamsil, Cheongna, and Busan to try more extreme field designs.
As part of the home-friendliness, the scoreboard will be moved to the opposite side of the first base bleachers, and various cultural facilities will be built on the third base side. In the right-field outfield, a double-decker bullpen, the first of its kind in Asia, will be installed to improve space efficiency and provide a spectacle for fans. Media glass will be installed on the transparent glass side of the double-decker bullpen to create various images. Unlike the double-decker bullpens in major league stadiums, where players simply wait, the bullpens will be equipped with various warm-up exercises and a separate rest area for players to rest.
Park Chan-hyuk, CEO of the Hanwha Eagles, said, “We have been working with the city of Daejeon to make the new stadium a future-oriented and differentiated stadium that represents Korean professional baseball as well as a 365-day cultural space for the people of Daejeon. We are grateful to the city of Daejeon for accepting our various suggestions. We will do everything we can to prepare for the remaining time until the opening,” he said, promising a ballpark like no other in Korea.