“I appreciate that the club cares about the fans.”
The future of Korean baseball is sweating it out in the Futures League. It’s fun to watch them grow, and it’s different from the first-team games, but it’s true that they get less attention than the first-team games.
Under such circumstances, KT Wiz has prepared a special event for the Futures Summer League. The three-game series against the Cat Heroes at Iksan Stadium from the 15th to the 17th attracted baseball fans with as much preparation as a first-team game. This is the last nighttime three-game series to be held at Iksan Stadium this season.
Before the game, the team held a fan signing session and gave away a set of chicken, beer, and snacks. Especially on the 15th, which was the Liberation Day holiday, fans lined up two hours before the game started. The stadium was so full that many fans had to stand to watch the game.
In addition, cheerleaders Kim Joo-ju and Jung Yoo-min and Lee Geum-joo interacted with the fans throughout the three-game series, and the fans cheered for KT players with their chants.
KT’s players were as encouraged by the fans’ support as the first team.
Infielder Kang Min-seong said, “It feels good to play baseball loudly after always playing quietly. Iksan is not as convenient to get to as Suwon, but we had a lot of fans come out. I saw the same fans in Iksan that I saw in Suwon. I’m very grateful.”
Outfielder Kim Byung-jun said, “It’s different. “It’s different,” smiled outfielder Kim Byung-jun, “and it’s more motivating and fun to play with so many people.
KT Future captain Yang Seung-hyuk said, “Thanks to the various events organized by the club, a lot of fans came to the stadium. The atmosphere was uplifting even before the start of the game, and the morale of the team went up. I hope they will visit Futures Stadium and baseball often in the future, not just once.”
Not only the players, but also the fans were excited.
Ms. Kim Hee-kyung (38) from Suwon came to Iksan Stadium with her two-year-old son and her daughter, who is in lower elementary school. “My daughter is learning baseball at an alternative school and is a fan of KT players, so I decided to come to Iksan Stadium. We were able to get autographs from the players and enjoy watching baseball as they provided us with food such as chicken. I am grateful that the club cares about its fans.”
Kang Jun-mo (8), a resident of Iksan City, said, “I dream of becoming a baseball player, and it’s nice to be able to enjoy baseball with my family close to home while eating snacks. I came this year after last year, but it’s even more fun because there are events in between. The first-team cheerleaders also came, which was exciting. I hope there will be more events like this in the future.”
There was also help from the city of Iksan, with whom the team has had a strong relationship since signing the Futures Connection Agreement in 2016. Iksan City invested about 3 billion won to build an indoor practice center, and at the end of 2021, the main baseball stadium’s light tower (with a height that meets the standard and bright lights) was also replaced. Night games can now be played without interruption.메이저사이트
KT delivered 5 million won worth of disaster relief supplies to the victims of the heavy rains in July and 5 million won worth of baseball equipment to the Iksan Baseball Association, building a strong bond with them. On the 15th, Iksan Mayor Jeong Hyun-ryul threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Iksan City Council Chairman Choi Jong-oh took the bat. On the 16th, Lee Sun-ho, president of the Iksan Softball Baseball Association, and Cho Jang-hee, president of the Iksan Sports Association, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
KT plans to continue to entertain fans with various events with the Iksan City and Future Team.