My final taste of the London 2012 Olympics (having already taken in Beach Volleyball, Hockey and Indoor Volleyball) was something closer to what I’m used to, with a ticket for arguably the most prestigious match in the Women’s football game, the Olympic Final. The women’s tournament in the Olympic Games has been of much more interest to me than the men’s game, as the very best players take part in this tournament without any restrictions, unlike the men’s tournament, which feels somewhat contrived with its under 23 rule except for three overage players.
Heading up to Wembley Stadium via the Metropolitan tube line, the walk from Wembley Park station to the stadium is perhaps one of my favourite walks to a football ground, with the stadium and arch closely visible at the end of the short straight pedestrian only road filled with people making their way to the stadium. Programmes were available outside the stadium, although neither on offer were specific for this evening’s game, which was slightly disappointing given the prestigious nature of the match. What was on offer were impressive enough in themselves considering they were generic programmes produced before the Olympic Games – a programme for the whole of the Olympic Games, and a separate programme for both the men’s and women’s football tournament.
Video highlights of this game can be found here