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JAMK Sport Management Students go to UEFA Euro Cup 2012

Greetings from Gdansk!

Since we have arrived, lots have happened; here are some things that are worth of mentioning 🙂

Starting from the beginning of the trip: during the first day we were getting familiar with the city, fan zone and the places generally. We started doing the surveys on Thursday and continued them on Friday and Saturday. Days have been really long but we are on schedule since we have done lots of surveys and people have been willing to fill them, so a big thank you for them too! If everything goes like we planned, we could finish the surveys by Thursday and would have Thursday and Friday off before heading back to Finland.

The atmosphere in the city has been amazing, it is really hard to describe it and put it in words… All those different nationalities are partying together and clearly having a good time. As an example, I and Tytti went back to our apartment by train on Friday evening after the game Ireland against Spain that Spain won 4-0. The train was truly crowded and people were singing together Irish, Spanish and Polish songs no matter what team they were supporting. That’s a great example how sport can unite nations!

Yesterday we were at the fan zone when Poland had their game against Czech Republic and there were about 30 000 polish fans, the fan zone was packed! All you could see was Polish colors red and white. People were crazy in there and they were singing and cheering all the time, i.e. when the game started, every one of them started to move towards the big screen and it was impossible to move anywhere or stay in group. There were also kids in the fan zone which was quite surprising because it was so packed and kind of dangerous place for kids. Though Poland lost the game they still continued singing and being in a good mood.

Today we are having our first day off and we are spending it by shopping, relaxing, hanging out in Gdansk and go to eat together. It has been a great experience so far and we can’t wait for the next days, especially tomorrow because we are going to see the game Spain against Croatia!

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