Contributed by Senior Changwonderful Baseball Expert, Jake Clark.
The NC Dinos (엔씨 다이노스) are Changwon’s very own professional baseball team. They are currently playing their 2nd season, as a member of the Korea Professional Baseball Championship for the 2013 season. The Dinos play their home games at newly-refurbished Masan Stadium (마산종합운동장 야구장), in Masanhoewon-gu (마산회원구), right beside Masan’s soccer stadium, near the center of old Masan and in western new Changwon.
Things to know about the Dinos:
- Team merchandise, such as caps and jerseys, is available at the stadium, should one be interested in repping Changwon on their travels throughout Korea, and the world.
- Snacks and beverages may be purchased at the stadium for very affordable prices, but waiting lines can be long. Stadium goers should consider bringing in food and drinks from outside the stadium – a practice that is fully permissible at Masan Stadium, though no glass is allowed. Also, while the beverages sold at the stadium will be of a nature familiar to American and Canadian baseball fans, the snacks tend to be of the grilled squid jerky and shrimp-flavored rice crisp variety.
- The 2012 home opener was played on April 14th, and the season is set to run through August. The team plays anywhere from one to five home games a week, and they typically start at 1:00 p.m., and occasionally at 5:00 or 6:30 p.m., both on weekdays and weekends. the 2013 schedule is on the Dinos’ website, or there is an English version here: http://www.mykbo.net/schedule .
Here is how to get to the stadium in Masan:
There are several bus stops around the stadium, and by clicking on any of said bus stops on this Daum map of the stadium area, one can find the relevant bus numbers for wherever one might be coming from. Or, should one desire to travel by taxi, telling the taxi driver to take you to the 마산야구장 (MahSahn YahGooJahng, with a polite “yo” at the end) should be sufficient.
View Masan Baseball Stadium 마산 야구장 in a larger map.