Should the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup in Korea, the team will play in one of two venues. As the first place finisher, the U.S. would remain in Daejeon, the sight of the team’s final Group D match against Poland on June 14. As the second place finisher, the U.S. would travel to Jeonju for a June 17 clash with the winner of Group G.
Location: 148 miles south of Seoul
Stadium: Jeonju World Cup Stadium (42,477 capacity); construction completed Nov. 2001
Overview: Located in the south-western part of Korea, Jeonju is the capital of the Jeollabuk-do province. The ancient city dates back to 757 A.D. and is widely regarded as the Gourment Capital of Korea. Jeonju has long been known as a center of culture and carries on many cultural traditions including the Jeonju Daesasubnori – a traditional music festival – and the special exhibitions and games held on Dano, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Also in Jeonju is the Gangnam Calligraphic Art Gallery, which houses some 1,600 works by many of Korea’s masters of calligraphy, both past and present. The area, though, is best known for its food, and, in particular, for bibimbap. Bibimbap is a traditional Korean dish made of boiled rice mixed with meat, seasonal vegetables and the ubiquitous chili sauce. Traditional Jeonju bibimbap is served with as many as 30 different ingredients and side dishes. Another local favorite is gongnamul gukbap, a dish made with rice and bean-sprouts and seasoned with dark soy paste, leeks and kimchi.
Date Jeonju Stadium LocalTime / ET
June 7 Spain vs. Paraguay 6 p.m. / 5 a.m.
June 10 Portugal vs. Poland 8:30 p.m. / 7:30 a.m.
June 17 "Round of 16" G1 vs. D2 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 a.m.