Thanks to Nuffnang and Celcom, Lynn and I were able to catch a live badminton game at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur last two weekend - the Axiata Cup 2012 Semi Finals between Malaysia Tigers vs Indonesia Garuda.
The stadium was not full, car park was not a problem and getting into the stadium clearly was not a problem because at the end of the day, tickets were not needed. Free entrance. To think that I spent 2 hours circling around Kuala Lumpur just to get the tickets at Nuffnang's office two days before the game, was all a waste of time and petrol, I clearly was not too happy.
But that quickly changed with I was in the stadium atmosphere. The crowd was wild to a point that people brought drums and kompang to cheer for their favourites! Most of these drum players was made out of kids probably as young as 12 years old, made me think "Wow, they're so semangat!"
Game started off with a single game between Darren vs. Santosa which concluded with a win to Indonesia. The game then proceed to see a doubles game between Indonesia and Malaysia.
A very tense game that was well worth the night although again, we Malaysians ended up being frustrated with the scores. It was a really close game. And this is the one and only game that brought the "uh" and "ah" from all of us audience.
Third game was downright frustrating and wtf since we lost really badly. I don't think Taufik Hidayat even gave 50% of his energy into the game since he's against probably a new young player from Malaysia.
At every game interval, the crowd was entertained by a set of performance and one of them is Celcom's Cube with Party Rock Anthem.
Though we left with disappointment (especially on Lynn's part since she's a hardcore badminton fan and you should see the way she cheered! Lucky no one knows here there. haha!), but we were certainly entertained by the crowd there who managed to distract my attention from the game from time-to-time.
For instance, this Witch Doctor (as we named him) from the Indonesia fans corner who I think was on a huge adrenaline rush dancing away with his special glasses, cap and Indonesia's flag themed costume.
It is definitely a good first time experience to watch a live badminton game in the stadium. The good thing about watching it through the screen at home is that there will be zoom up images of the game, you get to watch it surrounded by all sort of snacks of your choice, lay down in an air-conditioned environment and chill with your family and friends.
What they do not show is the atmosphere of the crowd in the stadium. It was quite hard to see the reactions of the players on the court from afar. The big screens on the stadium is so small that I could barely see what was happening. The sound system was so bad that I could barely hear it over the crowd's noise.
When we were doubtful about whether the shuttle is 'in' or 'out', we took the live crowd indication as a guide - the cheers from the Indonesian or Malaysian fans. They seem to know the score right after the shuttle hits the ground. lol