Watching the Chelsea game, the glamorous way
When my boss invited me to watch the Chelsea game last Tuesday, my initial reaction was something like ‘Arghh ahm OK, I guess?’ Feeling my lack of enthusiasm, he tried to explain how many people were interested in those tickets, so it would be good if I showed at least a little bit of excitement for being invited. He did say we had a private box to watch from, knowing that this will make me perk up.
The concept of spending my precious Monday evening at a stadium, surrounded by what I imagined to be crazy, fanatical football fans (come on, we have all heard the stories), did not sound appealing at all. However, I decided I will give it a try, see what’s the fuss all about. Also, I thought it would be a great subject to discuss on here. I live near by the Chelsea stadium, so i have seen the packs of people coming and going when there was a game. I did some research to understand what was I getting into. Chelsea was playing Middlesborough, and it was one of the last games for the season. So kind of important, I determined.
We met at 5:45 and entered through a private entrance where tickets are checked and bags are searched. It felt very easy, no crowds, no fuss.
We went to the second floor and there was a long corridor, with carpets and doors on the left hand side. It looked very much like a 4 star hotel’s corridors. There were hosts and hostesses, greeting the arriving guests. We then got led into our box for the evening. I want to pause here for a second.
It is like hanging out at home (I guess?)
Throughout the time, I imagined those ‘boxes’ to be something like the boxes in the Opera. So, I was very surprised to be led into a room with a dinner table set for 6 people, which resembled a kitchen. Actually it was a nice looking kitchen, with a TV, fridge, cooker and our own waiter. The windows were overlooking the stadium. I mean, how cool is that? I started to warm up towards the whole glam watching football. There was free floating champagne, wine and soft drinks. No hard liquor I believe.
Welcome to your own private kitchen
The food was pretty good
The food was pretty good, it felt like a 7 course meal. There were plenty of starters, main course, dessert, cheeses and coffees.
The windows had blinds, which get shut 15 minutes before the game. I thought it was for security reasons but apparently it is so the press guys don’t shoot the products inside and give brands free advertising (I mean seriously?). My main surprise for the evening was getting the blinds shut, with some people being out there, and then going out 15 minutes later to this:
The feeling was crazy. The crowd was eclectic. I actually really enjoyed the experience and felt a part of it. I now know some Chelsea songs, know when to stand and when to sit (there is a thing about that as well) and I also realised I need glasses as I could not see much.
Although I seriously have no preference to any football team, I now feel like I have to be a Chelsea fan, as I lost my football game virginity to them. So, clap, clap Chelsea (football fans will know ;) )
I recommend this experience, with a box or without a box for anyone visiting London. It is a special type of activity but I think it will be a great memory for anyone. Also, to conclude — the fans were crazy, just crazy in love with their team. They were all a bunch of joy, as Chelsea did win 3:0.
Originally published at I’m moving to London.