Yesterday afternoon I went to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, to watch a Rugby World Cup match, Pool A, Australia vs. Fiji. Here is what I saw:
Constantly. People getting up, wandering along the rows, getting drinks or hot-dogs, bringing them back, making people in their row stand up to let them past, obscuring the view of people in the rows behind them. Over and over again.
Like, all the time. Not just during breaks in play. While the match was happening right in front of us. While penalty kicks were being lined up. While rucks were in progress.
Not just once. Repeatedly. The bloke to my left got up and pushed past me three times. The bloke immediately in front of me at least three, possibly four times. More people, over and over again, walking away from a world-class rugby match that they’d paid £50 to see, to buy overpriced plastic cups full of Heinekin or John Smith’s Extra Smooth (the beer for people who don’t like the taste of beer).
So while my seat actually gave me a great view of the pitch, and a fine overview of the unfolding match …
… what I actually saw was constantly punctuated by the moving figures of people who evidently didn’t have any real desire to watch a rugby match.
What I want to know is: why were they there? Why didn’t they save themselves fifty quid, go to a pub, and get a better selection of beers into the bargain?