Jamsil Sports Complex
Jamsil Sports Complex (잠실종합운동장; map), or “Seoul Sports Complex,” towers over the intersection of the Han River and Tan Stream (탄천; map) in Seoul.
Seoul hosted the 1986 Asian and 1988 Summer Olympics. For these international events, the capital needed venues. They chose the underdeveloped Songpa District and built the Jamsil Sports Complex.
The centerpiece of the complex is Jamsil Olympic Stadium (잠실종합운동장올림픽; map) or “Seoul Olympic Stadium.” Seating 100,000 (69,950 today), it held both the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1988 Olympics.
All of Jamsil Sports Complex’s facilities remain active. Some admit the public for recreation. Others house professional sports teams.
- Seoul Olympic Stadium (잠실종합운동장올림픽; map; 69,950 seats) was the Olympics flagship stadium. Today it’s the home pitch for the Seoul E-Land Football (Soccer) Club (서울 이랜드 FC).
- Jamsil Baseball Stadium (잠실야구장; map; 25,000 seats) was the Olympics’ main baseball stadium. Now it houses the KBO League’s LG Twins (LG 트윈스).
- Jamsil Arena (잠실실내체육관; map; 11,069 seats) was the Olympics basketball and volleyball venue. Now it’s the home court for Seoul Samsung Thunders (서울 삼성 썬더스) of the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
- Jamsil Student Gymnasium (잠실학생체육관; map; 6,229 seats) was a boxing arena. Now it hosts Esports championships and the KBL’s Seoul SK Knights (서울 SK 나이츠).
- Auxiliary Stadium (보조경기장; map; 2,187 seats) is a track and grass field stadium.
- Jamsil 1st Pool (잠실 제1수영장; map; 1,000 seats) & 2nd Pool (잠실 제2수영장; map; 500 seats), are now open to the public. The Olympics’ swimming, polo, and other aqua events competed in the facilities.