The passion. The excitement. The intensity. The roar. Welcome to Anfield.
Football has the ability of bringing the community together. The passion of football supporters is a religion.
Let me tell you, I have always loved football. From a young age I was brought up watching football games. I enjoy watching my favourite teams live especially the Sydney derby between West Wanderers vs. Sydney FC, so tense… it’s great. But nothing compares to walking through the Anfield Stadium gates.
But think about this for a second.
You’re sitting in the stadium, waiting anxiously for the game to start. The stadium slowly builds with the chatter of people and you think to yourself, what makes a football game so good? It may be the smell of hot food, the atmosphere, the skill level or your team winning.
For me, I am immersed with the surrounding fans, an audience befitting of the worlds best amphitheatre. People with different backgrounds, religions, cultures, ethnicities all coming together communing with one interest – Football.
Best of all you can scream at the top of your lungs without the fear of being judged and the singing and chanting that lasts the entire match. I find that so exhilarating.
So my favourite audience experience happened when I went with my family to England last year.
On the 11th of December 2018, my family and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to watch Liverpool v Napoli at Anfield Stadium, England in the European Champions League. The match ended 1-0 with a goal scored by Mohammed Salah. Liverpool then advanced to the Champions League knockout stage.
I found the overall experience to be really exciting because we all stood for the entire time, chanting, singing at the top of our lungs. Our ears rang so much after the game. We had fun with everyone because we were united together.
The best part of the night was the crowd singing as one “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Hearing the Liverpool song gives me chills every single time. It’s a special moment. Have a listen for yourself:
The goal scored by Salah was unforgettable. The crowd absolutely roared with noise. There was on field celebration by the players which was equally matched by the huge celebration of the crowd as the audience raised their scarves in unison.
As the game was nearing the end Napoli kept pressing for a goal and it created so much tension that was nail biting. This made the overall experience of the game even better. It became tribal and at the end of the game when the referee blew his whistle the crowd went hysterical. The singing and chanting was deafening. Each chant created a wave of energy that lifted everyones emotion.
Reflecting back at the experience, I wouldn’t really think there was anything negative to say about the match. But my biggest takeout from this would be witnessing the passion from the crowd. The crowd was so overwhelmingly loud that it helped Liverpool to secure the win as the 12th man.
This weeks lecture reflects on the different types of audiences. One such example we discussed in the lecture, is an audience that has congregated together in one place, at the same time, having the same experience. My experience at Anfield reflects this type of gathering in the most amazing setting.
Take care everyone. Until next week,
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