The city of Busan has been under fire for what many are labeling ‘poor planning’ when it comes to the highly anticipated free BTS concert which will be held less than two months from now.
The upcoming free BTS concert in Busan will be held on October 15 and it was a concert meant to gather interest for the bidding for the 2030 Busan World Expo. The concert was originally set to be held in Ilgwang and was expected to be face-to-face and projected to be BTS’ largest concert in South Korea.
However, many issues were discussed and encountered soon after the news was made. Many pointed out how it would be difficult to set up the stage to handle this many people. Added to that, there was no proper transportation to get in and out of the location raising concerns over the traffic jam that will be inevitably created by the tens of thousands of people on site. On top of that, there was only one concert entrance meaning about 100,000 people were expected to enter and exit through one entrance.
Due to this safety concerns were raised. Civil groups began to express their concern over the poor planning for the concert due to the lack of infrastructure to handle the massive crowds. Many online communities were discussing the concerts, the potential logistic nightmare, and such.
Not to mention the lodging for the concert, due to the sudden massive demand, the area surrounding the original venue location saw a sharp increase in bookings. These bookings saw prices skyrocket by five times their original price, many K-netizens complained about the hotels and motels raising prices so high to the point of being unaffordable. Its expected these bookings will be completely canceled as a result.
As of the new announcement, the BTS free Busan concert will be held at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium which has a capacity of around 56,000 people. Fans are now wondering whether the venue will be transformed in some way to handle 100,000 people or whether the seating will be reduced in half. Big Hit Music said the seating details will be released later on.
According to media outlets, the Busan government promises to organize an on-site inspection team to conduct inspections and crackdowns on any illegal activities that could affect the concertgoers experience.
You can read Big Hit Music full statement addressing this matter below!