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BASEBALL/Crowd control at Taipei Dome's 1st official event goes smoothly

12/04/2023 02:54 PM
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Policemen direct traffic as crowds move toward Taipei Dome at the intersection of Guangfu South Road and Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei Sunday evening. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023
Policemen direct traffic as crowds move toward Taipei Dome at the intersection of Guangfu South Road and Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei Sunday evening. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Crowd control at the Taipei Dome's first official event went smoothly Sunday, with surrounding streets cleared of nearly 17,000 spectators 30 minutes after Taiwan concluded its Asian Baseball Championship opener against South Korea.

A total of 16,647 fans packed into the country's first indoor baseball stadium to see Taiwan defeat South Korea 4-0.

CNA photo Dec. 4, 2023
CNA photo Dec. 4, 2023

After the final out of the game around 8:30 p.m., staffers holding signboards guided the crowd toward the exits, while around 10 police officers directed traffic at nearby intersections.

With the help of free shuttle buses for six routes ferrying spectators away from the stadium, the area was largely free of traffic and crowds by 9 p.m.

Some fans told CNA it was easy to find the exit, but many said they had no idea there were free shuttle buses that would take them to the Taipei Main Station and MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station.

Passengers pack Taipei Metro's Sun Yat-sen Station Sunday evening. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023
Passengers pack Taipei Metro's Sun Yat-sen Station Sunday evening. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023

A crowd near MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station, the nearest stop to the Taipei Dome, largely dispersed around 25 minutes after the end of the game thanks to trains running every 2.5 minutes.

A 70-year-old couple who were both baseball fans for many years told CNA the game experience was great. They lived in Taoyuan and had to leave the stadium soon after the game, satisfied with the exit directory signs.

Yet, a fan identified as Chou (周), who also lived in Taoyuan, pointed out that most of the signs were shown by staffers, making the task challenging when more seats were opened in the future.

Chou suggested more signs be installed at the stadium's entrances.

CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023
CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023

A fan surnamed Pai (白) said he rode to and from the Taipei Dome and his home in neighboring Xinyi District on a YouBike, adding that the police had done a great job directing the crowd overall.

Also among the crowd was Taipei City Councilor Wang Hsin-yi (王欣儀). She said a total of 3,000 staffers made the crowd depart from the stadium smoothly and noted Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) supervised the traffic right after the game concluded.

(By Huang Li-yun, Chen Yu-ting and Chao Yen-hsiang)

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