Last season was also hot, and it seems that it will be even hotter in the upcoming season. Can the best friend duo give Heungkuk Life Insurance a championship cup?
Last season, wherever Heungkuk Life Insurance went, the stadium was hot. The reason was the existence of ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung메이저놀이터. Since it is receiving absolute support from volleyball fans, it was hot wherever Heungkuk Life Insurance matches were held. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a metropolitan area. Fat was no problem.
In addition to spectacular performances, they have everything from fan service to skills. Kim Yeon-kyung played 34 games last season, scoring 669 points, an attack success rate of 45.76%, a receiving efficiency of 46.8%, and a digg of 3.713 per set. She was named in most indicators of offense and defense, ranking 1st in attack success rate, 5th in scoring, 8th in receiving, and 10th in dig-defense. He was also unanimously voted MVP of the regular season.
The love of the fans has been proven in numbers. Heungkuk Life Insurance mobilized a whopping 81,708 people in 18 home games last season. The average attendance is 4539. Considering that the average number of spectators in the women’s division is 2,500, there is a difference of about 2,000.
Although he did not bring the championship cup, the championship match with Heungkuk Life Insurance was also hot. In rural areas and on weekdays, these adverse conditions did not become a big problem for the fans. Game 1 was not sold out, but about 5,400 people came in, and all seats from Game 2 to Game 5 were sold out. In particular, the last game 5 received great attention, with 6,125 people coming in to watch it.
This season, all of Heungkuk Life Insurance ranked 1st to 5th in the female spectators, and in the first half, Heungkuk Life Insurance ranked 1st to 5th.
Most of the players said, “When I go to the home stadium of Heungkuk Life Insurance, I have no choice but to die.” Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Marcello Abondaza also said, “The passionate support of the home fans really gives strength to the players.”
A placard for Kim Yeon-kyung stood out in the stands, and he did not leave his seat to communicate even after the game was over. Both Kim Yeon-kyung and Heungkuk Life Insurance tried to share as much time as possible with their fans in order to know their love.
One club official said, “Heungkuk Life Insurance would have earned more than Kim Yeon-kyung’s annual salary only with ticket revenue.” For reference, Kim Yeon-kyung’s annual salary last season was 700 million won.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who once contemplated his retirement, took the path of extending his active career to repay the love of his fans and challenge the championship he could not achieve.
And in the last challenge, Kim Suji is with her best friend. Suji Kim left IBK Industrial Bank on the condition that she receive a total of 930 million won over three years, and she returned to her parents’ house after six years. She went to Ansan Seo Elementary School, Wongok Middle School, and Hanil Jeonsan Girls’ High School (now Hanbom High School) together. She also worked with her national team for a long time, such as writing the 2020 Tokyo Semifinals myth together. However, this is the first time she has worked with her team.
Kim Su-ji is also a player who is loved by fans a lot. In particular, he earned the nickname ‘Mars Headband’ for the headband he wears every game.
Heungkuk Life Insurance became a victim of V-League history last season. Even after winning the 1st and 2nd games, the 3rd, 4th and 5th games were given to the road construction. I had to watch the road construction win at home.
It seems that many fans will come to Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon to see the best friend duo who got together for the first time after his debut. Even if the number of spectators at home surpasses 100,000, we can look carefully.
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