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October 29, 2007

Urawa Reds v Nagoya Grampus

I met up with Max last night and we went to see Urawa play in Saitama. This is the first time I have been to a J League match, although it is the third time I have been to Saitama Stadium 2002, which is a very cool place to watch football.

Here is the view from our seats:


It is much more crowded than I thought it would be and there is not really much food available inside the stadium. There were tons of booths lining the path to the ground, but we ignored them. In hindsight, that may have been a mistake.

Anyway, our seats were almost at the top of the stand...I suppose that is what happens when you buy your tickets at the last minute. On the other hand, I was lucky as I checked a few of the remaining fixtures today and they are already sold out.

After the match, we sat out at the tables in front and had a beer as we waited for the crowds going to the station to thin out a bit. It was really festive and good fun. And...completely different from Tokyo. I tried to get a picture of the stadium from our outdoor table, but it is not looking so good. Whoops.


Oh, by the way, the match was a scoreless draw.

Posted by Kirk on October 29, 2007 09:29 AM