|The intimidating fortress "Big Bird Park"|
I haven’t had much luck with weather at football games this year. The two K league games I have attended Seoul vs Pohang and Suwon vs Pohang were both really cold.
Last nights game between Suwon and the Central Coast Mariners left me completely drenched.
Getting to the stadium was a full on fest of all the reasons I hate Korea. Poor weather, traffic and the general sense of helplessness of just not being able to communicate and function like an adult due to the language barrier. I just missed the train and then caught the right bus but with it going the wrong way which meant I wouldn’t get to the stadium in time despite leaving at a time which should have got me there an hour early.
Then when buying a ticket the cashier pretended to understand my Korean but gave me a ticket for the Suwon home end rather than the away stand.
From then on though the evening was full of some of the reasons I love Korea. Sitting in my seat near the Suwon home end I started talking too a couple of expats and one (probably certified) crazy Korea. One of them informed me that the solitary figure at the other end of the pitch was an away fan (his mate) and not just a security guy as I assumed.
I had little problem getting them to change my ticket and went over to double the away support.
Despite their only being two away fans all the facilities were operational and we had two bar staff. They still couldn’t keep up with demand though as one of the two occasions we went to buy reasonable priced beer the fridge was looked because one of the staff members took the key with them to the toilet.
A beer at the stadium will set you back about Australian two dollars because Koreans haven’t yet learnt the art of the Stadium rip off. Hopefully Australia’s integration into the AFC will mean more countries can share in the joy of overpriced light beers in the near future.
|Phew, my regular seat was available.|
|World class keep aways from Sterjovski and co|
All the staff were friendly and keen to interact with the two “crazy” foreigners standing in the rain. A couple of stewards joined in the chanting. With 4 people cheering on the Mariners at one time it was no surprise they soon scored the winner.