No, this is not about the race walk, sorry to get your hopes up. Instead, I attended a 9 a.m. beach volleyball session, and while it was incredibly fun, here is why it was the oddest sporting event I have ever been too.
Beach volleyball takes place at Horse Guards Parade with the palace directly in your eye sight if you are sitting on one side, and the massive British Parliament building in your view if you are on the other side. What other stadiums can claim those views? I’m used to sitting at Fenway Park and looking at the Citgo sign out in left field and the Prudential Tower in right. Palaces? Yeah, right.
The AtmosphereEverybody cheers for everybody. The Brazilians cheer for the Brazilians, but they also cheer for the Germans whom they are competing against. If your countrymen aren’t playing, like me on this day you just cheer for everyone like a 5th grade teacher going to check out the U10 soccer game.
Additionally, the games have a hype man. Literally, there is a British man in his early 20s who has a microphone the whole game and is just saying things to keep the fans into the game and entertained. He hosts contests for fans, like some sort of minor league baseball PR intern. While the experience is similar to a minor league baseball game, it also has the feel of an NBA game in say Cleveland, Detroit or Atlanta. Stadium music plays the whole game, but unlike in the NBA, it’s not annoying and makes it more enjoyable.
If the hype man is not enough, the dancers are enough to get you hyped. These women are gorgeous and they are dressed quite professionally, I would totally bring them home to mom.
Are you ready for a series of questions?
What sporting event have you been to where woman played first, and then you watched them make modifications (net is raised) to the playing surface so the men could play?
Have you ever been to a sporting event where the match was played in a bikini or at the very least barefoot?How about a sport where the winning team embraces each other 42 times (see picture above) in one match?
Been to an event at 9 o’clock in the morning? If yes, was everyone drinking regardless?
Lastly, despite the ludicrousness of this event, is it weird that I loved every second of it?