Two K League 1 teams close stadiums to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Gwangju FC and Daegu FC will play their home games without fans in the stands.
Daegu FC announced that the DGB Daegu Bank Park would remain close to fans until further notice. The new team policy will begin with the next game against Gwangju FC on August 30. The team said that the city of Daegu wanted to stop the spread of the virus locally. That’s why they need to close their home stadium.
After Daegu FC announced its decision, Gwangju FC also said that they would begin playing home games without fans. It would start with the fixture against FC Seoul on Saturday. The team noted that the city asked them to play in closed doors to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
K League 1 Teams Close Stadiums to Fans
Based on sports wagering reports, Daegu didn’t have any local infection between July 4 and August 14. However, the city suffered from a dozen cases in the last four days. Both Gwangju and Daegu didn’t implement tighter social distancing protocols in the past, unlike Incheon, Busan, and Seoul.
Under the stricter measures, sports teams in the three cities can’t have spectators in stadiums during games. Betting odds reports showed that FC Seoul, Busan IPark, Seongnam FC, Suwon Samsung Bluewings, and Incheon United would play with no crowds in the stands.
In the second division, Bucheon FC, Ansan Greeners FC, FC Anyang, and Seoul E-Land FC will play behind closed doors. Chungnam Asan FC, another team in the K League 2, announced they would close their doors to fans to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
According to football betting sources, Gwangju FC and Daegu FC are the first division 1 squads that voluntarily close their stadium doors. The K League 1 is expecting more teams to announce the same decision in the coming days.