Jeju World Cup Stadium is a sports arena constructed for the 2002 World Cup which South Korea jointly hosted with continental neighbours Japan. Located in Seogwipo on the small island of Jeju-do, the stadium was designed to imitate the opening of a Volcano reflecting the island’s natural environment. It is currently home to Jeju United FC.
Jeju World Cup Stadium as the name suggests was constructed to host matches of the FIFA World Cup which was hosted by Korea and Japan in 2002. Constructed over a two year period beginning on February 20th 1999 and finishing on 9th December 2001, the stadium reportedly cost $120 million and the design is famous for being based on the mouth of a Volcano.
Jeju Stadium hosted three matches of the World Cup, however it would have perhaps been designated more games were it not for the fact that there were 20 host venues in total for this tournament.
The first match was a Group C match between Brazil and China, with the South American side winning 4-0 – perhaps a sign that they were about to become World Champions. The second game featured Slovenia against Paraguay in Group B (1-3), and the third match again featured Paraguay, however this time in a Round of 16 against Germany (0-1).
After the tournament the stadium lacked a permanent resident for four years until Jeju United FC moved in at the start of the 2006 season. The club were originally based in Seoul and known as Bucheon until they rebranded in 2005 in order to take advantage of the world-class stadium which just happened to be vacant.
The highest level of club football played at Jeju Stadium to date has undoubtedly been the Group Stages of the 2011 AFC Champions League. Jeju were drawn in a group which contained Gamba Osaka, Tianjin Teda, and Melbourne Victory but were unable to qualify to the latter stages after finishing third.
Jeju Stadium consists of the following four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.