A Day in the Excitement Zone: Experience Korean Baseball

Daegu Lions Korean Baseball Game

Introduction to Korean Baseball

Recently, my friends and I had an exciting opportunity to attend a baseball game in Korea between the Daegu Lions and the LG Twins. Little did we know that our journey to the game would be filled with unexpected twists and turns, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. Join us as we recount our adventure and delve into the vibrant world of Korean baseball.

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Getting Lost and a Determined Trek: The Wrong Stadium and a Speedy Walk

Daegu Lions Park

Our excitement was palpable as we arrived at the stadium, ready to immerse ourselves in the energy of a live baseball game. However, to our surprise, we found ourselves dropped off at the wrong stadium. We went to the World Cup Stadium. The game was at the Daegu Lions Stadium, more than 2 kilometers away. Undeterred, we embarked on a brisk walk, determined not to miss a single moment of the action. We also had to meet a coworker to pick up our tickets prior to the game. Despite the distance between the two stadiums being around 2 miles, our eagerness fueled our determination.

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Don’t Drive

I highly suggest you don’t drive. I’ve heard people will arrive an hour early and find there is no parking available in the stadium parking lot. There were cars up and down both sides of the street as far as I could see. Take a taxi like we did or take the subway. The stadium is on the Green (metro line). Get off at the Daegu Grand Park Station.

A Search Amongst the Crowd

It took us 25 minutes or so at the swift pace Steven set. Upon our arrival at the bustling stadium, we faced the challenge of locating my co-worker, who held the tickets we had purchased in advance. The vibrant atmosphere outside the stadium reminded us of the energy I was told surrounds Korean baseball games. With eager anticipation, we scanned the crowd of enthusiastic fans, determined to find our colleague and secure the tickets.

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Bridges of Shared Experiences

Just when we began to feel a tinge of worry, a familiar face caught our attention. It was our co-worker’s husband, whom we had met previously. Instantly relieved. We approached him, and with a smile, he handed over the much-awaited tickets. Then we all headed in to find our seats.

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Daegu Lions Excitement Zone

Our seats were behind the cheerleaders who lead a series of cheers for the entire bottom half of each inning when the Lions were at bat. Seriously, we stood up chanting, dancing, and cheering alongside the K-pop cheerleaders. It felt like aerobics. But fun. And in that moment, I realized the power of shared experiences.

The cheerleaders who lead a series of cheers for the entire bottom half of each inning when the Lions were at bat. Seriously, we stood up chanting, dancing, and cheering alongside the K-pop cheerleaders. It felt like aerobics. But fun. And in that moment, I realized the power of shared experiences.

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Fried Chicken & Food Stalls

The food options at the Daegu Lions games are quite similar in America and South Korea. You can find stalls serving classic baseball food and drinks, creating a familiar atmosphere. Beer hawkers walk up and down the stadium selling beer.

You are permitted to bring food into the ballpark. However, we were told that beverages had to be in plastic reusable bottles. So we bought banh mi sandwiches just in case there wasn’t anything we wanted to eat. You never know in Korea, since we don’t eat pork.

But that’s not a problem in the future. The food options at baseball games are quite similar in America and South Korea. You can find stalls serving classic baseball food and drinks, creating a familiar atmosphere. Beer hawkers walk up and down the stadium selling beer.

Additionally, on the second level, there is a food court where you can purchase chips and candy bars at CU. As we were leaving, one of the stalls kindly offered us some tteokbokki, hoping to avoid wasting it.

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Final Thoughts

While the atmosphere in the Exciting Zone was fun, there were specific game moments that stood out, leaving a lasting impression. I got a workout tonight, with the fast walk to the stadium and the aerobic workout for 8 innings. I didn’t expect to enjoy the game and the activity in the Excitement Zone. Korean baseball is a grand slam of fun. I know it’s corny, but it’s a pitch-perfect way to catch common ground.

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