Finally, I get to say that I was able to attend a football game inside of the iconic Wembley Stadium. Out of the 80,000 attendees at the England vs. Albania football game, I was one of them. It still does not seem real to me just yet.
One of the first things on my “London: To-Do List” was to get to a football game, especially at Wembley Stadium. I can now check that off of my list.
My experience at this game was unreal. The energy of the stadium, the people, and the game were unmatchable. I knew that this was a big game for England, but I was still not sure of what to expect when I walked into the stadium on game night.
One of the first things I did when I got to the stadium got myself some England merchandise, obviously. I had to show my support for the team, so I ended up getting myself an England scarf, and right away I felt a part of the England Football family.
This game was an important one because it was a World Cup Qualifiers game, so tensions were high. As I made my way inside the stadium, I heard England fans chanting and my excitement was growing more and more. The view from my seat was amazing, although no seat in Wembley Stadium is a bad seat.
Before the game started, my friends and I were singing along to “Sweet Caroline” and watching the team's warmup. Hearing “Sweet Caroline” was great because I felt like I was back at home, and let's face it, the song is catchy.
The lights finally went down and it was time. Each team's starting line-up was announced, national anthems were played, a moment of silence was held in honor of Remembrance Day, and then the starting whistle was blown. Within the first ten minutes of the game, England scored their first goal, and the excitement in the stadium was loud! As the game continued on, Harry Kane (England’s Captain) scored a hattrick. The stadium was roaring and eventually, the wave started around the whole stadium!
By halftime, England was up 4-0. The energy was still going crazy and echoing throughout the stadium. Every England fan had a smile on their face and was cheering at the top of their lungs. England ended up scoring another goal bringing them to a score of 5-0. At this point, it was safe to say England was in a good position and they started substituting players.
Once the game ended, it could not help but be grateful to be in attendance for this game. I have played football all of my life and I would not have imagined I would be in London, in Wembley Stadium for my first international game. Watching that game reminded me of why I fell in love with the sport, to begin with, the excitement, the suspense, the lights, just everything.
My first game at Wembley Stadium was one that I will remember forever and I am so glad I was able to attend. If you can get to a football game, even if you are not a huge fan, it will be worth it, trust me.
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<p>Hi, I am Bridget Terranova, a senior majoring in Global Cultural Studies with minors in Social Media and Modern Languages from Point Park University located in Pittsburgh! Traveling has always been an interest of mine, along with others such as music, soccer, and painting. I cannot wait to explore all of London (hopefully more of Europe too) and see what other adventures await for me around the world. To quote one of my favorite movies, Mamma Mia: Here We go Again, "Life is short, the world is wide. I want to make some memories" -Young Donna.</p>