Translated by Kelly Choi
Korean Businesses Prepare Special Events For Cheering the Team On
Korean restaurants in the Boston area prepare special events for supporting Korean national soccer team in the top 16 for the World Cup.
The Allston restaurants, Myungdong 1st, Kayuga, and Sikgaek, whose clientele are mostly students , will be broadcasting the last match, Korea against Nigeria, and will offer complimentary side dishes. There are 3 big-screen TVs at Myungdong 1 Ave, 5 at Kayuga, and 2 at Sikgaek.
The owners said broadcasting the matches against Greece on 12th and Argentina on the 16th will not be possible, because game time is 7:30 in the morning.
However, New Seoul BBQ in Canton will screen all three matches on the 12th, 16th and 22nd. “We have 200 seats and a 60-inch TV here. It would be a good place to gather and support the team,” said the owner, Carol Yoon.
New Seoul BBQ is preparing a Red Devil T-shirt ,a korean fanatical soccer fan costume, giveaway for its customers. The Customer Seung-Jae Han, who heard about another special discount at the restaurant in addition to the free Red Devil T-shirt, said “It’s a bit far but I’d like to go and support the team with my friends and get some T-shirts.”
Meanwhile, Myungdong 1 st stated that they will broadcast recordings of the first two games starting at 5PM on game day instead of opening early in the morning. Also, the restaurant will be decked out with national flags and the servers will wear the fan’s traditional costume and hairband. The costumes may be purchased at the restaurant if needed for a affordable price.
“I can not wait for the World Cup. We have places to gather and support Korea’s team together,” said Seon-Jae Lee, a student. However, he felt bad that there is no place to gather and cheer on the team during the morning games in Boston. He suggested it might be possible to provide a gathering place for Koreans who want to support during the morning games since Korea’s first match will be on the 12th, a Saturday.
Most of the Koreans interested in supporting together said it is more moving to watch the Korean team clinch their seat in the top 16 together than it would be to hear the news alone.
Shabuya in Harvard Square will broadcast on 7 TVs on the 22nd, and will offer complementary dishes if the Korean team gets into the top 16.
Unlike these Korean restaurants’ preparations, Korean organizations are not considering planning any events. The Korean consulate general offered a place for fans to watch in 2006, and is now considering doing the same for the coming World Cup.
The Korean Society of New England are reluctant to host their own event because of other events on their calendar and the time difference. No other organization would appear to be planning a similar event, as none has been advertised.
The Korean team has their first match against Greece on the 12th at 7:30 AM EST, and at the same time on the 17th, they will play against Argentina, a strong team from South America, and then against the African dark horse Nigeria on the 22nd at 2:30PM for a spot in the top 16.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will be held in the Republic of South Africa. It will be the first World Cup held in Africa. The games will be held in 10 stadiums in Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Pretoria, Tustenburg, and two in Johannesberg.
The group stages will continue until June 25th, and the top 16 games will run from June 26th to the 29th, the quarter-final will be on July 2nd and 3rd, the semi-finals on July 6th and 7th, and the final will be held on July 11th.
The opening games are at Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the final will be held at Johannesburg.