So, after a few reminders and an ultimatum later from my beautiful wife, I’m writing my first post here on OUR blog. Back at the end of March, Andrea and I, along with our friends the Demants, went to catch a playoff basketball game between the Samsung Thunder and KCC Egis. If you haven’t guessed already the KBL or Korean Basketball League is the professional basketball association here in Korea with the Samsung Thunder being one of two teams representing Seoul.
While it would be nice to say that everything went according to plan as far as getting to the game, nothing could be farther from the truth. Not only did I guide us to the wrong subway stop but after 35 minutes of wandering the sports complex, which is a very conservative guess, we finally found the correct stadium. I should add to my defense that we did run into two other korean couples who also didn’t know where the game was being held as there are four stadiums to pick from.
As we entered the stadium, we noticed that it was halftime, thank god my poor strategery hadn’t made us miss the entire game! Unfortunately, it was a blowout and our team wasn’t in the lead. The rest of the game was pretty uneventful except when the Thunder looked to be mounting a comeback, but they came to within 11 points or so and then fizzled, too late.
All in all we had a good time once we finally got to the stadium and you certainly can’t beat the price of $6.50 per ticket. I think we’ll be going to a baseball game in the next couple of weeks and I’ll be sure to do my homework and figure out exactly where it is beforehand!
Andrea’s input: It’s interesting how they have a chant for each player. Every player has a sign made with his name on it and the Chant leader (see video) holds up the sign and starts a chant. For me, the chant leader was almost as entertaining as the game. I love how his sign said “defence” which I think is the British spelling instead of “defense”. One other thing, when the opposing team is making a foul shot they say “Woooooooo!” instead of “Boooooo!”
It was pretty inconvenient how the vendors didn’t sell beer or a variety of snacks. Everyone pretty much just brought their own snacks and drinks from outside and it was allowed. There were no vendors walking up and down the aisles selling beer or popcorn. I was a little sad about that.
As we were leaving there were people selling gimbap (these are the go-to snack here – what sandwiches are to Americans) and the prices kept getting cheaper the further away we got from the stadium. They started out at about $2 and got as cheap as 50 cents at the subway. The cheerleaders were a little disappointing with their routines. All in all, though, it was a fun time with our friends. We got an unplanned walking (lost) tour of Olympic Park at night 😉 I can’t wait to go for a full basketball game in the fall.
A bit of the game (sorry for the guy’s head blocking the shot) and Chant Leader: