Take 2 — London Calling
Olympics 'football' draws crowds to the famed Wembley Stadium
Some 90,000 spectators make their way out of London's Wembley Stadium after an Olympic football (American soccer) event on July 29. Photo by Jennifer Duval
On July 29th, my family went to see Olympics football (American soccer, of course) at Wembley Stadium. What an experience! They recommended arriving an hour before kick off, as they expected huge lines for security, but we opted to get there just minutes before the start of the first match and it worked out just fine. It had rained earlier in the day, including thunder storms, but it was actually a nice evening by the time we arrived at the stadium. Walking in and seeing the stands full of spectators and the field a vibrant green with the country flags hanging along one side and excited fans waving banners everywhere was amazing.
We had excellent seats (my husband really wanted to see this event and splurged on tickets months ago), although it seemed as though you would have a good view from just about anywhere in the stadium. The first match was Senegal vs. Uruguay, which was entertaining to watch. The real excitement, however, came when Great Britain took on the United Arab Emirates team and won three to one. It was an excellent match, never a dull moment, and the British fans were thrilled.
When the Games were over, we filed out of the stadium with the other 90,000 attendees. There had been some drinking during the games (only if you had cash because the tills had a technical glitch and weren't able to accept credit cards), but everything was very orderly and controlled and definitely didn't have the rowdy feel that some UK football matches generate. There were people filling the streets and anyone in cars just had to sit there and wait. When we finally reached the nearest underground station, there was a line of hundreds of people waiting to get on, so we stood around for a good half hour before we could board the tube. It was a long ride home and we were all exhausted by the time we got off our final bus at 12:30 a.m., but it was a memorable night and we were so glad that Team Great Britain had their win.