England’s World Cup journey ended terribly – and I was there to see it. What a let down. However, it was incredible to be there in Bloemfontein, the trip of a lifetime in fact.
My brother-in-law’s now wife is South African, and during the time that they were dating she invited us to visit with her. We were unable to travel to her home, but the city of Bloemfontein World Cup made up for it.
I could go on about the city of Bloemfontein – how it’s called “the city of roses” because of the 4,000 rose trees that have been planted in the city and holds an annual rose festival, but this is an article about the electric England verses Germany game held on June 27th 2010.
We didn’t want to spend too much but we knew we were going to! After a long search on the internet, we bought our seats for the game from company a called Vivid Seats at a price of $239 each, and to be honest, this was the same price that my daughter had paid to see Carrie Underwood in concert!
I would advise anyone who wants to visit an event like this to start looking very early, and really shop on the internet for the best price and seats. Make sure you know the date and time they will be available and make sure you are ‘on it’ immediately.
Walking into the “The Free State Stadium” was one of the most memorable times of my life – I was with my best friend and we both loved soccer and still do. Our sons had played for so long and I had wanted to bring him along but it was too expensive. The place was big. A second tier to the main grandstand had been added to accommodate the huge crowds and I felt fantastic.
Songs were being sung and noise was everywhere. In fact if you are not partial to a deafening crowd, make sure you own some ear plugs. Another great tip – have your tickets very accessible. Somebody in front of me couldn’t find hers and spent a good half an hour looking through her bags, I can’t imagine how worried she was after spending all that money – so keep them safe.
After making sure we were on the right side to shout for England ( a very important part of the ‘finding your feet’ process), we settled into our seats to watch the game.
I was waiting for England to win. They’d won in 1966 and in my heart I desperately wanted them to repeat it. England lost 1-4 and the atmosphere on my side of the stadium went from being excited to depressed – I could hear people talking about leaving before the game ended.
England didn’t play very well, they played bad defense and paid the penalty. I hope they have learned that they need to play as a team and not as individual stars, which I believe was part of the problem. Still, we were there and that is what counted.