-Pepper Savings Bank, training center and lodging moved to Gwangju, where it is related
Women’s professional volleyball Pepper Savings Bank is promoting a plan to relocate the training center and accommodation to Gwangju Metropolitan City, where it is related.
Pepper Savings Bank, which currently has accommodations and training grounds in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, is known to be discussing recent relocation issues with the city of Gwangju.
If the training ground and accommodation are moved to Gwangju, it is likely to train at Gwangju Yeomju Indoor Gymnasium, which is currently used as the home stadium (Pepper Stadium), and rent a nearby apartment to use as accommodation.
Pepper Savings Bank plans to complete the relocation process by mid-March, when this season ends, and start living in Gwangju in earnest from April.
The club expects to be able to provide fan service closer to the citizens of Gwangju, where it is related, by relocating the training ground and accommodation, and it is judged that the hotel life and travel distance will be shortened, which will help improve performance.
-Four major professional sports volleyball pointed out ‘lack of connection spirit’ and ‘regional neglect’
Professional volleyball, which is called the four major domestic professional sports, has been pointed out such as ‘lack of connection spirit’ and ‘controversy over local neglect’ since the launch of the professional league. 메이저놀이터
Unlike baseball, soccer, and basketball, most teams chose the metropolitan area or nearby Daejeon and Chungnam areas as their hometown, and criticism was raised that the professional volleyball league had given up nationalization and popularization on its own.
At least the women’s teams, which are based in Gwangju (Pepper Savings Bank) and Gimcheon (Korea Expressway Corporation) in North Gyeongsang Province, are in a better situation.
All 7 professional volleyball men’s teams are located in Seoul, Gyeonggi, and Chungnam.
-Unlike Korea Expressway Corporation, which moved its headquarters to Gimcheon, located in Gyeongbuk Innovation City, the men’s club KEPCO
, which moved its headquarters to Gimcheon, where the headquarters of the men’s professional volleyball men’s division is located in the metropolitan area , is located in Gwangju-Jeonnam Co-Innovation City, Naju even after its headquarters moved to Naju. We are insisting on Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, while refusing to relocate.
In 2019, when the agreement period with Suwon ended, then Gwangju Metropolitan City Mayor Lee Yong-seop even met the players in person to request and persuade them to relocate, but the club eventually dismissed the request for relocation, citing that the players were far from the metropolitan area and did not prefer it.
It is evaluated that the obsession with the metropolitan area of the professional volleyball board, which cannot be seen in any professional sports event, eventually fueled indifference and popularity decline amid ridicule of ‘their own league’.
Men’s professional volleyball, which has prioritized the convenience of players rather than expanding the national base and securing fans, is the only domestic professional sport in which the men’s league is less popular than the women’s.