December 21, 2009

going to the stadium... Peruvian Football Final Playoff 2009, Final Game

This is our destination, the "Monumental" Stadium in the distric of "Ate".
The date we went was December 13rd, 2009. Was hard to find tickets, they were all sold so we had to buy on the "black market" :p The game was the 2nd and last games on the Playoffs for the National Football Tournament.


so... here we go...

there u can see the line we made to walk into the stadium. the game was at 15:30 but we arrived 12:30 i think and we had to make the queue (line?), and we were even late due to we agreed to meet at 11:30! (my bad, i should had left my home before... and there was a lot of traffic, come on... give me a break!). when we entered the stadium, named "Monumental", it was 40% full... and we had to wait 3 hours to the beginning of the game... i was lucky i didn't see my friend Néstor in some months and before that 1 year and before that many years (oh, damn... i sound so old...), so we had time to catch up and talk as the friends we've always been. so, then it was about time i started to record a video, with the hope i'll get my team entering into the field.

and i haven't said anything about my local team... hum... my bad.
it's named "Universitario de Deportes", or just "U" :P founded in 1924 and wearing always the "cream" jersey :P i am fan since 1992, i think because mainly my dad is a fan himself.. but i liked the colors of the uniform, how they played... it didn't take much to like that team. even when i became fan on 1992, i think the 1st game i saw was the year after, against Sporting Cristal. ok, that just as historial data hehe, i don't want to go deep on that subject this time... but i'll just add the 1st game i went to ee was with my dad in 1999 i think... but for sure it was a friendly game against the "classic rival", "Alianza Lima". My team lost that day :'(

well, I'm not a big fan of going to the stadium, basicly because if i don't drive i have to spend lot of time going back home, but anyway... is fun to go from time to time to enjoy that special atmosphere there... with all the people (or at least "most") hoping for the same team, singing the same song we all wearing the team-some-year-jerseys, of course this destroys the importance of being an individual, but as i said... from time to time is fun :) my team's stadium is not very close to my place either... normally takes like an hour to get there by bus, and because of the traffic flow it is worse when there is a game :/

u saw some red and cream-color balloons, we got 'em according to our place in the tribune. for my area, we got red. they usually don't give any material, but this was a special game due to the importance: the 2nd game of the Final Playoffs and final game on the year, where my team could became the champion if they will tie or win the game.

when i realize i'm in the middle of some crowded celebration i trend to get my mind away and watch everything in perspective; and in this particular case when going to the stadium i turn to feel like a Roman hoping for a gladiator in the Colisseum (yeah, i'm crazy...). is +/- the same... people enjoying, shouting, screaming and interested on what's going on in the arena... just football players instead of gladiators, even when sometimes they confuse those words themselves :p

so, this time my team played very well, as they usually did on the tournament, and won 1-0, usual this year too. anyway, it was enough to become champions again, after 9 years, and it was great to share with people in the stadium. it was so crowded that even on the corridors people were sitting and standing, i was right next to it and after a while i felt some arm around my shoulder and i knew it wasn't my friend so i turned around and it was this unknown guy just watching the game very focused and holding my shoulder like looking for some support for his anguish. this stadium really turns into a party when the teams gets the result and people sing!

this previous pic is the only one i didn't take because i was on the tribune that appears on the picture, and i got very bad luck when the organizers decided to set a stage with that panel on the back... 3/4 of the stadium couldn't see well when the players recieved the cup, i just notices because of the confetti :p So, after many hours of being waiting for the game and then watching it, it was the time to go back home...... along with all those 70000 people in the place. please imagine how easy or hard it is to take some kind of transportation :) well... lets leave the stadium now :p


Kao Fisher said...

Having trouble holding the camera still, eh? It looks like you all had a great time.

Fonchy said...

it is hard when u have to jump while singing ;)