Junpiter Futbol Experience At Thai Premier League II
On a warm Saturday afternoon, we made our way from the heart of Bangkok to the home ground of the famous Bangkok Glass FC’s, Leo Stadium for a visit. Once again, we were privileged to
On a warm Saturday afternoon, we made our way from the heart of Bangkok to the home ground of the famous Bangkok Glass FC’s, Leo Stadium for a visit. Once again, we were privileged to have such an opportunity to be able to visit one of the best Stadiums in the Thai Premier League, especially on a match day.
Knowing that we would be covering the entire Stadium ground, we arrived 4 hours earlier at Leo Stadium so that we would have ample time to explore the whole property prior to the kick off of their League game against BEC Tero Sasana. But to our surprise, there were already football fans out there waiting eagerly to enter the Stadium at that hour!
While we were outside the Stadium, most of the temporary food stores were already in the midst of preparing for the wave coming up in a few hours time. By looking at the variety of the food which were being prepared onsite, you knew it’s going to take all the money from the fans in no time! Not long after walking ourselves through the food trails, we were ushered off for the official visit led by one of their Officials, Mr. Tong Tanakorn, after receiving our Media Passes. The admiration of one of the best Stadiums in Thailand began.
The very first stop we proceeded to the Press Conference room where all the pre-match or post-match conferences would take place. As we walked into the Press Conference room, immediately the very first description which came to our mind was Neat. Although the room did give us an icy cold feel because of the stainless steel legging chairs and the stainless steel-like white cladding wall, overall it was very neat, tidy and professional.
Press Conference Room
Away Team Changing Room
Visiting the Home Team Changing Room while the players are changing by the side
Meeting Bangkok Glass’ Captain, Peerapong Pichitchotirat at the Pre-Game Praying ritual
Highest view of Bangkok Glass FC’s Leo Stadium
As we all know that Stadium tour to be conducted hours prior to kick off is almost impossible, let alone visiting the Changing Rooms of the players on a match day. Bangkok Glass’s Management had been extremely kind to us and granted us exclusive visits to both the Home & Away Teams’ Changing Rooms where some of the players and officials were already in the rooms.
First, we visited the Away Team Changing Room where BEC Tero Sasana had all their jerseys folded up neatly and their League passes hung up just above the jerseys for identification purpose. Obviously, we were feeling a little nervous as some of the BEC Officials were in the Room when we interrupted. The Officials were friendly though and even told us to take more photos! Next, we moved on to the Home Team Changing Room.
Compared to the Away Team Changing Room, the Home Team’s was certainly more packed with equipment and players’ personal items. Similarly, the room was all ready for action as we could see all jerseys were hung up neatly at each players’ cabinet. Apart from the usual jerseys, boots and medical sprays, some of the players also had words of encouragement for themselves written on their cabinet too.
So moving out of the Stadium, we were led to the Mega Merchandise Store where we could imagine many Bangkok Glass supporters would go crazy about. The variety of merchandises available was enormous ranging from baby rompers to adults’ wear. Not only that was a Megastore, that’s also a mini Museum displaying the history of Bangkok Glass’.
Bangkok Glass Megastore
Property Map at Ticketing Box
Bangkok Glass FC’s Team Bus
Newly opened Rabbits Restaurant & Cafe
Bangkok Glass’ Bunny Girls
Bangkok Glass hosting BEC Tero Sasana
Meeting Thailand’s Legend, Surachai Jatturapatarapong (in black) & Bangkok Glass’ Tong Tanakorn after the Thai Premier League match
Another interesting thing which caught our attention was their Ticketing Box. Over the years, Bangkok Glass’ fan base has grown rapidly. Response from all over Thailand and as well as overseas, such as us in this instance, were overwhelming that they had to enhance the whole ticketing process and experience. With the new technology installed, Bangkok Glass’ Ticketing Box was operating like how you would be buying movie ticket from the Cinema! Choose where you want to sit – straight forward and hassle free.
Before we got ourselves ready for the exciting match between Bangkok Glass and BEC Tero Sasana, we ended the Stadium tour with a quick peek inside Bangkok Glass’ Team Bus and the newly opened Rabbits Cafe (Club’s Official Cafe)!
The well-decorated Team Bus is equipped with refreshments, toilets and most importantly Wifi for the players to engage with their supporters. And the Team Bus is the team’s main mode of transport if any of the match venue can be reached within 4 hours of drive.
For the newly opened Rabbits Cafe, we were lucky to be there at the right time as the day of our visit was the very first opening day of the Official Club’s Cafe!
Last but not least, Junpiter Futbol was treated to an exciting game which saw the home team thrashed the visitors 5 goals to nil!
Special thanks to Bangkok Glass FC for hosting us, thank you Mr. Tong Tanakorn for the kind hospitality, thank you SingaCup for making this trip possible and thank you Puma Singapore for the Apparels.