We’re are traveling to England and Ireland, and I want to go to a soccer game while there. Doing this is always an adventure because things are never quite as I expect them to be. One time, while in Oxford, I thought I’d go see Oxford United play. The newspaper singled out its game, among all the others, as an “all-ticket match.” I thought, “Well, of course it’s an all-ticket match. Isn’t every game an all-ticket match?” I asked information at the train station about it, and they said, “That game’s all sold out.” My heart sank. Then they added, “But you can still get a ticket.” Lest you think that this meant going to some scalper, no, it meant going to the Oxford United ticket office on the morning of the game. Exactly what “all sold out” meant to these people, I have no idea.
Today, I got onto a team’s website to order a ticket. They seemed to want me to be a registered fan. Why? Then they wanted my credit card’s beginning date. What’s that all about? I've never been asked for that before.
Like I said, going to soccer games abroad is always an adventure. I’ve had hotel people direct me to the wrong stadiums, I’ve ended up sitting in the wrong part of the stadium, or standing when officially there are no standing sections left. Anyway, we’re off.