Sunday, July 23, 2023

Soccer? Really?

I knew next to nothing about soccer, but we happened to catch the soccer world cup last year when we were on our Caribbean cruise because it was playing, live, on every big screen. We saw Argentina win with the hero Messi. Also, we follow some YouTubers named Snow and Curt. They happened to be in Buenos Aires when the final game was played and they showed the city's celebration: 5 million sing and dance in the streets of Buenos Aires. When we heard that Messi joined the Miami team, we understood why it was so exciting. Then, tonight we hear that the first game where Messi will play is right here at the DRV PNK stadium. It's just a couple of miles from our house. It used to be Lockhart Stadium, the place where my high school played football games and I marched on the field as part of the drill team. 
1970 - Lockhart Stadium where my high school played footbal. Photo shows the Titanaires drill team on the field. Notice how the stands end and it is just opened to the surrounding parking lot. Not even any stands in the end zone. I doubt that it had seating for even 2,000.

Here's what it looks like now. It seats 21,000. It was reconstructed in 2019 when David Beckham wanted his Miami team to play there.

When w heard that Mesi would be playing here,  And a local brewery was promoting it,  we decided to make a night of it and visit the prison pals brewery.  We sat at the bar and chatted with the women next to us. They were consulting their phones, learned that tickets at the stadium had come down to $70  so they bought 3 and called an uber to take off.  The uber arrived so fast that they needed to chug their beers.
Their seats were immediately filled with two young men.  I made conversation with them too. I just mention what a boring game this is ... 1 hour in and the score was 0 to 0! Just as I said that a cheer went up in the room Miami scored! Messi was not playing yet. We finished watching the game on TV at home where Messi made the game-winning goal. I'll bet we could hear the cheer from the stands at our house if we had gone outside. What an event. I may become a soccer fan yet. Since I like world travel - I like that this game is truly worldwide.

1 comment:

A James said...

I did watch a bit of the Miami game but like you thought rather boring then checked back & saw the exciting finale with the Messi goal.The ladies soccer World Cup is on in Australia & some of the matches are very exciting & some not so much- Us on today & so are the Canada team.Cheers.