Seoul World Cup Stadium

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 2nd 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.

Seoul World Cup Stadium
Sangam Stadium
Location240, World Cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Public transitSeoul Metropolitan Subway:
at World Cup Stadium
OperatorSeoul Facilities Management Corporation
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Broke groundOctober 20, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-10-20)
OpenedNovember 10, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-11-10)
Construction costUS $185 million[1]
ArchitectRyu Choon-soo
Structural engineerGeiger Engineers
South Korea national football team
FC Seoul
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeoul Woldeukeop Gyeonggijang
McCune–ReischauerSŏul Wŏldŭk'ŏp Kyŏnggijang



The Seoul World Cup Stadium, the 2nd 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


2002 FIFA World Cup


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 (opening match)
13 June 2002   Turkey 3–0   China Group C
25 June 2002   Germany 1–0   South Korea Semi-finals

2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup


The Seoul World Cup Stadium was the main venue 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


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

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





See also



  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, Jessica (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.
  14. ^ Cho Yong-Jun (10 March 2024). "IU to hold encore concert at the World Cup Stadium in September". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 13 March 2024.
Preceded by FIFA World Cup
Opening venue

Succeeded by
Preceded by FIFA U-17 World Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by
Preceded by League of Legends World Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by

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