MISJA 21: Podróż dookoła Polski w 21 dni Euro

Nasi wysłannicy z Londynu i Łodzi - Petter Larsson z City University i Maciej Stańczyk z Gazety Wyborczej - przemierzają kraj w poszukiwaniu największego sukcesu i porażki Mistrzostw Europy w Piłce Nożnej UEFA - Euro 2012.

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sobota, 23 czerwca 2012

Squeezed in a big, still-standing crowd for the last time

After realising that the city was full of touts who still hadn’t sold their tickets, I decided I wanted to see a quarterfinal in this Euro too. Before last night’s game there’d been a lot of talk about economy and I couldn’t help but thinking about what a poor business the black ticket market seems to be. The guys who’d been walking around in the city earlier, laughing about any suggested price under 150 Euro, were now standing outside the arena with hundreds of tickets, hoping that a really big family who had forgotten to buy seats in advance would show up.

I got a 320zl ticket for 150zl and got to my seat in the Greek section for the national anthems. Apparently Maciek had paid about half that amount but missed the first 15 minutes and even though it was a good opening I thought to myself that it wasn’t really worth 5zl (a beer!) per minute.

I sat next to a woman from Gdansk who, because of her profession, wanted to be anonymous in the blog. I’d hope she was some kind of spy but she turned out to be a teacher.

She said it would feel very empty in the city after the Euro as this whole event had become some kind of habit for Gdansk’s inhabitants, but added: “Luckily it ends in the middle of the summer and it won’t hit us too hard as we have quite a lot of of foreigners from Germany and Scandinavia coming here at this time anyway.”

The game was worth every zloty and there is a chance that I can tell my grandchildren that no other game in the tournament had seen that many goals scored.

The German fans impressed with their quantity and strength and their Greek opponents – just like on the pitch – were fighting and singing until the end.

The blue sea just below me booed as Angela Merkel was shown on the big screen and the Germans probably sung something back about money, but after all it was quite a nice atmosphere for being a game before which the TV producers had been advised to turn down the volume from the stadium to avoid hearing the fans shouting nasty things to each other.

Gdansk Arena was mighty and nice but two things caused some irritations in the crowd:

Half the toilet was shut down during the quarterfinal so people got to spend the whole half time break queuing for it.

All fans that wanted to go back to the city centre (which was most of us – around the arena there isn’t too much going on) had to go to the trains through a tiny little Alice in Wonderland-sized gate to the trains. We got stuck in a big bunch of irritated people, of whom many Germans who said it was “worse than Ukraine”. And have you ever been to the mighty Maracana Stadium in Brazil, trying to get to and from there when there is a game, you’d see it as quite a failure when also the Brazilians in the crowd thought it took too long time and left.

I didn’t mind it taking time – I rather enjoyed every second of it as this probably was the last Euro fan crowd I would be stuck in this year.

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sobota, 23 czerwca 2012 19:21

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  • godeep napisał(a) komentarz datowany na 2012/06/24 00:31:53:

    Pedzie?

  • cholenderstwo napisał(a) komentarz datowany na 2012/06/24 16:38:27:

    oni wszyscy wyglądają jak pedzie...
    standardowe EU pisuary ozdobne im się werżnęły w pamięci...

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