|The seats where Will and Kate will sit!|
|Sclark and I in the royal Wembley box|
We also got to walk through the tunnel that all the football players walk through before the game. They had a recording of the crowd cheering, and I could only imagine how nerve wracking it must be to be a pro footballer, about to walk on the pitch in front of 90,000 screaming London football fans. I can't wait to watch the match on Saturday and see the royal family and footballers in the same places where I stood.
The group then met up in the afternoon to meet with Matt Kauffman, head of global partnerships for VISA with both the NFL and the Olympics. Matt told us all about VISA's sponsor work with the Olympics, from the new social media platform they are utilizing this year to the long history the credit card company has with the games. It was interesting to hear him describe how the expensive TOP sponsorship program was worth it for the company. He explained how it allows VISA to tap into 204 different markets worldwide, and the association of VISA and the Olympics alone increases business for the company. Consumers love the Olympics, and when VISA is connected they transfer that love to VISA transactions. It's interesting to note that VISA is the only card accepted in the Olympic park in London, and the only card you can buy Olympic event tickets with. While many Londoners were perturbed by this concept, it shows the type of exclusivity a TOP sponsorship position with the Olympics can buy a company.
|Peter Pan Statue|
It was a long and exhausting day of tube travel (where I briefly fell asleep on Sclark's shoulder), but I learned so much about the business aspects of the London Games and experienced an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of a historic London sports venue. I can't wait to see what adventures tomorrow brings :)
Bonus feature! -- London phraseology so far
From needing help by every cashier to count my pounds to accidentally responding to locals with my faux British accent, it's been an interesting adjustment to the London way of life. I've picked up some great phrases from the Londoners, and here are a few so far:
|Pounds on pounds on pounds|
Top up: when you add more money to a card, such as an Oyster card for the tube or a pre-paid cell phone
Take away: it's not "to go", when you want your food for the road, but it's take away instead
Chips vs. potato crisps: chips are fries, potato crisps are potato chips!
Cheers: it's not "Thank You" after paying a cashier, but cheers. How cute!
Toilets: not restrooms
Mind the gap: probably my favorite phrase so far! You hear it on every tube stop informing passengers to step over the space between the train and the platform. It's just such a great phrase to say with a British accent.