Let’s talk about Football in Japan!!!
I had a chance to attend 2 matches during World Cup in June 2002 there.
Brasil- Turkey in Saitama on the Wednesday
Brasil – Germany in Yokoama on the Sunday, final match
Saitama was impressing to me, friends and I checked the access to the stadium on the internet, booked our car park space on line, printed our car park badge, got our space number and reference, input all of it on the satnav, and that took us spot on to that space…that was something to me already
From there, a crowd of students were directing us to the shuttle buses with welcome speeches and nice words everything we would come across one of them.
The bus were tagged with your access gate number to the stadium and they would drop you exactly in front
Once at the gate, it took us 8mn to be seated going through checks and controls… amazing!
We had nice seats (see pic) just in the middle, we had brought our bento box
Then, the match started, the stadium was packed, but they were all so quiet and focused, seated quietly, standing all together when there was a goal and clapping, nothing to see with a south american match or not even a german one!! it was unbelievable to me
Suddenly, a nice young gentleman seated in front of me started to attract people, they were shooting photos, asking for autographs very politely. My friends asked me to talk to him, it was Emerson, the brasilian player who could not believe it either!
At the end of the match, the stadium was empty in 12mn (adidas explained it all to me), the buses were spot on waiting for us at the gate and took us back exactly where we were parked,
in 4 hours, we had done the tour door to door!!