Watching the Barclay’s Premier League on TV, sipping on a few brews and playing the roll of amateur sports commentator is fun and all, but there really isn’t a substitute for the adrenaline rush of watching a live football match. And while KohSpot is not going to pretend the skill level of the Thai Premier League is anything close to the leagues in Europe or Alexi Lalas, the atmosphere is still electric. And that is the main reason you should attend: the fan experience.
KohSpot decided to get down from our chair of conceit and support the working stiff’s team—Thai Port—but there are several teams in Bangkok to cheer for based on your home town heroes. Look it up.
Tickets are an absolute steal at only 80-100 baht, depending on whether you want to sit in the shade or not. Another boon is the criminally insane price of beer, usually three cans of Leo for 100 baht. Apparently the lack of financial limitations that are typically associated with pounding cold ones was too much social responsibility to absorb by the Thai Premier fans. Too many sloppy fights led to a ban on bringing beer into the stands…but you can still drink it under the bleachers, which means that everyone is still hammered by half time. Problem solved. At least they stopped serving Cheers beer altogether because no one wins when Cheers beer is being served, ever.
The constant chanting of anthems, dancing and fist pumping to random horns blasts is down right intoxicating. Go Team Go! A few differences between what you may be used to watching on TV and the Thai Premier League is they don’t try to close down on defense as much here, which creates a highly entertaining if not frantic pace to the game.
A little background on the teams. Muang Thong Thani is another perennial contender that is not too far away and often splashes the cash for African players. Buriram PEA put on an amazing show for away games, as Isaan power broker Newin Chidchob pays to bus in fans who are required to wear team jerseys. Cheerleaders stand on platforms in the visitors’ sections with their back to the action so they can coordinate chants and dances nonstop throughout the game, which the fans follow as if commanded by a svengali. Priceless.
Most games are at 6 pm on the weekends.
Location: 444 Tha Rua Road, Klong Toei. You can also enter from Sunthorn Kosa Road, close to the intersection with Ratchada/Rama III/Na Ranong Roads.
Mass transit: MRT Queen Sirikit Convention Center or several buses that stop at the Rama IV and Ratchada intersection
Hours: Check website for game days