2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Jeonju, the City to Hold the Opening Match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup
The Eyes of All the world’s soccer Fans Will Be on Jeonju
When Jeonju City is selected to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup and even to have the opening match, the eyes of the soccer fans will all focus on Jeonju.
As host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the opening match, Jeonju will be a major focal point for soccer enthusiasts.
Jeonju City, which endeavored to share its traditional cultural which the world during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup matches, is planning to improve its prestige as‘the capital of traditional culture’ by hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup in a unique way.
Jeonju’s Power of with a population of 670,000 beats Seoul’s population of 10 Million
When Jeonju was selected as the host city of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the general response was one of great surprise. This reaction is due to the fact that Jeonju, with a population of just 670,000 beat much bigger cities like Seoul, Ulsan, and other major centers.
Furthermore, since Jeonju was selected to hold nine matches including the opening and semi-final matches, people were more shocked than surprised. Then, why did the FIFA choose Jeonju as the city to host the opening match? It is because of the enthusiasm of Jeonju’s soccer fans. When Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, based in Jeonju City, won K-League two consecutive in a row, attracting large numbers of fans, the authorities began to consider Jeonju as a potential host city for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Although Jeonju has a reputation as a quiet and traditional city, its appeal as an energetic soccer city is becoming more evident.
Ready to excite the hearts of the world with culture-based World Cup
It’s now time to get ready to respond to the great expectations of the world’s soccer fans. First of all, Jeonju City has planned to update all accommodations and amenities. Further, the Jeonju World Cup Stadium is going to be renovated and new training camps will be set up.
With the budget of over 10 billion won, the electronic board, lightings, sound equipment, and lawn of the stadium will be replaced. With consideration given to soccer authoritie and agencies, medea centers and billions of soccer fans all around the world, this amount of investment is just the beginning of making Jeonju a global, cultural city.
In order to help the world understand Jeonju as the capital of culture, Jeonju City is planning a ‘Cultural World Cup’ concept. It is now developing tourist goods using its history and cultural resources. Further, it is planning to hold as many festivals and cultural events as possible during the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the soccer fans and the visitors to get a deep understanding of Jeonju.
Kim Seungsu, mayor of Jeonju City, declared ‘Though it is a small city, It could be considered the largest one when people think of its passion for soccer and its unique traditional culture.
As the opening game is a significant match, it must contain everything that symbolizes the FIFA U-20 World Cup to promote the event. The opening match will display Korea’s enthusiastic spirit by capturing the thrilling essence of the youth soccer festival.
Why don’t you enjoy the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Jeonju
Beginning with the opening game at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on 20, May, 2017, the ‘FIFA U-20 World-cup Korea 2017’ starts their exciting 23 day schedul. In Jeonju, there will be nine matched held including the opening match on 20th. Just wait until Jeonju Castle is jolted with enegretic soccer cheers of soccer fans.
• Duration | May 20 ~ June 11, 2017 (for 23 days)
• Venue | Six cities (Jeonju, Suwon, Incheon, Cheonan, Daejeon, and Jeju)
• Participating countries and the scale | 2,000 participants from 24 countries for 52 games in total
• Matches in Jeonju | Nine matches