Wendy and I, plus 42,000 of our closest friends, went today to support Brazil and Honduras in the Olympic men’s football quarter final at St James’ Park. It was only the third professional football match I’ve ever been to, and Wendy’s first. It was also the first time either of us had been to St James’ Park for sporting reasons, though we’ve both visited for work reasons in the past!
We were both slightly surprised (perhaps because we’re a little naive) at the level of security – everyone was patted down on entering, and police were peering down from the roofs of surrounding buildings at the crowd around the ground. We also balked slightly at the cost of drinks inside, especially since we couldn’t take liquids in.
But, all-in-all, we had a great time, and it’s brilliant to feel a little bit involved in London 2012!