Busan Asiad Stadium or Asiad Main Stadium is the name of the multi-purpose sports arena built for both the 2002 Asian Games and the 2002 World Cup. The 53,864 capacity ground is now home of Busan Ipark who ply their trade in the top league of Korean Football, the K-League Classic.
Busan Asiad Main Stadium was constructed to host matches for the 2002 World Cup and the 2002 Asian Games. Multi-purpose by design, the pitch features an athletics track around its perimeter which slightly detracts from the experience for football fans, however as a municipally owned stadium it the result of a balancing act between utility and cost.
Constructed at a cost of 226,9 billion won, the stadium forms part of larger sporting complex which serves the city of Busan. In total it took seven years and eight months to build, with the ceremonial breaking of the ground occurring back in November 1993.
Despite being the third largest of Korea’s venues, Busan Asiad Main Stadium only hosted three matches of the World Cup in total. All of the games played belonged to the group stages as well rather than the knock out phases. In chronological order they games played at Busan Asiad were: Paraguay v South Africa (2-2), Republic of Korea v Poland (2-0), and France v Uruguay (0-0).
After the conclusion of the World Cup, Busan IPark moved into the stadium and have made it their permanent home ever since. The highest level of club football played at Busan Asiad Main Stadium to date appears to be the AFC Champions League. Busan reached the quarter finals of the 2005 edition but were unable to overcome Al-Ittihad Jeddah.
Busan Stadium consists of the following four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.