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1M Fans May Watch Cup Match Outdoors

Posted June. 23, 2006 04:06,   


“We will take to the streets regardless of rain or sleep.”

The 12th Taegeuk Warriors will display their strength once more during the Korea-Swiss World Cup match, which may clinch the ticket to the next round at 4:00 a.m. on June 24.

Despite initial forecasts, rain is not predicted in the Seoul Metropolitan area and Chungcheong region on this day. The Korea Meteorological Association forecasted rain in the Honam and Yeongnam area. Predicted rainfall will be 30 to 60mm (up to 80mm).

With elementary, middle, and high schools having the Saturday off on this day, along with college students on a vacation and workers on a weekend due to the five-day workday schedule, the mecca of street supporters, Gwanghwamun, is predicted to gather 250,000 people.

Supporters will also parade on the streets in the southern region. Along with the Asiad Main stadium in Busan, street supporters will canvass the Haeunro in front of BEXCO and Gudeok Stadium regardless of rain. The police are predicting 1,000,000 people to take to the streets in 103 regions nationwide.

The Red Devils prepared 2,000 red raincoats for supporters. But it would be difficult for the other supporters to purchase red-colored raincoats.

Jae-Myoung Lee egija@donga.com achim@donga.com