The pandemic significantly affected teams in the Korea Baseball Organization. They can’t travel out of the country for spring training in February. In the past, KBO teams went to Japan, Taiwan, or Australia in January or February. Some teams even go to Arizona or Florida.
However, many countries have travel limits due to the pandemic. Thus, teams will stay in South Korea for their spring training, starting on February 1. Teams based in the southern part of South Korea would enjoy warmer weather. However, that is not the case for the other league teams.
For instance, NC Dinos will hold their training in the Changwon NC Park and the Masan Baseball Stadium. The former is their home stadium, while the latter was their former home. According to sports betting odds reports, the team installed extra heaters to keep players and staff warm at their home stadium.
KBO Prepares for Spring Training
Lotte Giants, Samsung Lions, and Kia Tigers will hold their spring camps at their home stadiums. Also, Kia Tigers placed tarps to cover their bullpens at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field. That way, they protect their pitchers from the harsh environment during spring training.
Doosan Bears will spend spring training at the Bears Park, which has a stadium, indoor training facilities, and a clubhouse. According to virtual sports betting experts, the team will upgrade the players’ dining options. Also, they will ensure the comfort of the players in their residence.
On the other hand, LG Twins will use the practice gym of the Korean Basketball League’s LG Sakers. The facility also has room for off-field workouts. The Hanwha Eagles will travel to Geoje, the southernmost city of the country.
According to online sports betting experts, KBO teams will save money by staying in Korea for their spring camp. In the past, they spend around $1.1 million to train overseas during spring.