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The 2012 Olympics in Manchester?!

August 30, 2012
Jerick at the Olympics

Yes, you heard it right.. Manchester!

While everyone was or wanted to be in London for the Olympics last month, I decided to go the “off the beaten path” and go instead to Manchester for the games. 🙂

There weren’t many options anyway – I’m one of the few lucky ones to score a pair of tickets to a game at all. Manchester or London –  I just couldn’t turn down an opportunity to be in the Olympics.

Manchester - Olympics 2012

Aside from London, the Olympics actually happen in places outside the capital city. There was sailing in Dorset for example and football practically anywhere with huge arenas like Newcastle, Cardiff and Manchester.

While we didn’t have tickets to see the Olympic superstars like Usain Bolt & Michael Phelps nor the sexy ladies playing beach volleyball, the fact that I got tickets, I couldn’t care less.

The tickets I got was to see the football quarter finals. It was an expected set for a Spain and “another team” but La Roja didn’t get in. In the end, it was a game between Japan and Egypt.

Manchester - Olympics 2012

It was an adventure I can’t miss – so together with Roy of the Riding Dutchman – we went on an epic weekend to the UK!

Manchester’s Old Trafford was 70,000+ people full – and probably only 10% were Japanese or Egyptians. There were mostly English, Spanish and some who, like me and Roy, are just there for the games. 🙂 This meant that all cheers were neutral, and everyone was just waiting for a goal.

There were times were almost no one paid attention to the game and just waiting for their turn to do the mexican wave.


And with that crowd, I can say that the waves WERE the highlight of the game. 🙂

The game didn’t disappoint though. The first ten minutes of the game, there was already a goal. Then a red card was given before the end of the first half. The game finished with 3-0 for Japan.

It was a win-win for all – for the players for putting a good game and for the audience who were given a shot to shout GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! several times.

But because of our limited time, we didn’t get to see Manchester. But hands down, Manchester played a good host and we felt everyone was really welcoming. Public transport to and from Old Trafford to the centre was free. There were free maps, ponchos in case it rained, and smiling volunteers everywhere.


The game only lasted two hours but it’s a memory that I’ll keep for a while. Happy to finally tick-off the Olympics in my non-existent bucket list.

Oh and yes, I bought myself a gold medal. I’ll proudly show this to my grandkids someday. 🙂

(A special thanks to Roy btw for letting me use his photos on the blog)

Have you been to the Olympics? How was your experience – share them below!


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  • Reply Tom - Active Backpacker December 6, 2012 at 15:05

    Nice one guys!! Looks like a lot of fun. I love the roar of the crowd in The Tub (Rotterdam’s Feyenoord’s local stadium), nothing quite like it that’s for sure. Hope life in Brussels is treating you well!
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  • Reply Julian November 22, 2012 at 10:49

    Sounds like a great experience, particularly the mexican waves. I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the athletics in London and still have a bit of Olympic fever going on even now.

  • Reply Nico November 1, 2012 at 07:15

    That’s great that you managed to get a ticket. Going to any type of sporting event is always fun, regardless of who ends up playing. I remember watching the Under 16 World Cup in Peru a few years ago and the atmosphere was amazing and the players were great.
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    • Reply Jerick November 13, 2012 at 11:32

      Yes, getting an Olympic ticket deserved a blogpost in itself – it was really difficult to get one, I was one of the lucky few who have snagged a ticket! 🙂

  • Reply dlysen September 16, 2012 at 07:08

    I love to visit that place, it is one of my dream travel destination. Its nice experience and looks like you enjoyed
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  • Reply Stuart @ Find Cottage Holidays September 9, 2012 at 18:45

    Its great to see that the Olympic message and branding went down as well in Manchester in London and glad you had a great time.

    We were lucky enough to go to the athletics in the London Olympic Park, an awesome experience.

    With the Olympics, Paralympic and Diamond Jubilee it has been one amazing summer in the UK 🙂

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