Match Day Quick Guide

Match Day Quick Guide

We enjoy helping people come and support our team. These topics come up a lot so we would appreciate if you read through them. If you would like to know more or have any comments or suggestions please let us know at the stadium.

  • Getting to the stadium
    • Check you have the right stadium. Is the match at:
      • Nissan Stadium is near Shin-Yokohama Station JR on the Yokohama Line or the Blue Subway Line. Kozukue Station is also close to Nissan Stadium but there is little nearby in terms of shops. You may feel more comfortable here if you prefer rural settings.
      • Mitsuzawa Stadium is near Mitsuzawa Kamicho on the Blue Subway Line. Don’t get off at the wrong Mitsuzawa Station. Check.
  • Seats
    • We can help you to get a seat with us at the stadium but we need to know the maximum number of people that are coming by the morning of the match. If people  can’t come that is fine but it can be difficult add more people if we have already gone into the stadium and got the seats.
    • We usually stand while watching the match as do most people around us. If you want to sit during the match and still see the match let us know in advance and we’ll see if we can work something out. However, you might be sitting a distance away from our area.
    • If you have a season ticket holders. Please get in touch with us and join us in the line. We appreciate you also occasionally helping us to get a line number at a home or away match.
  • Tickets
    • Make sure you get the right ticket type. We sit in the unreserved (自由席) seats.
    • Buy a ticket before match day to save money.
      • At Nissan Stadium this is not strictly necessary but it’s your money.
      • At Mitsuzawa Stadium, it is possible that the match will sell out of unreserved tickets and if a very important match it could be a total sell-out.
    • Tickets can be bought at any convenience store in Japan however you may need some help from a Japanese reader before you can navigate the menus by yourself.
  • Arriving In Time
    • Arrive in plenty of time. There really is no penalty in arriving early. The stadium is open about 2 hours before match to allow you to get a good seat, buy goods and food. The match festivities start an hour before the match.
    • In the past people:
      • have left it too late and got lost and have been asking us for directions or to talk to a taxi driver while the match is in progress. Obviously, we don’t want to be doing this.
      • have gone to the wrong stadium. If you are early you can recover and get back to the right stadium before the the kick off.
      • tried to eat their food while standing watching the game. Who knows where that is going to go if by some miracle we score an early goal.
      • realised that they were going to get soaked and had to line up to buy rainwear.
      • forget their ticket and had to turn back.
      • crashed their bicycle on the way.
      • came late and left their friends calling us from the gate after kickoff.
  • Alcohol.
    • At most stadiums, bottles and cans are forbidden. If you accidentally find that you brought one in you can get a paper cup at the entrance and pour it in there. People openly drinking from cans or bottles may be asked to put their drink in a paper cup by the security staff. Beer is available in the stadium at a premium price.
    • We drink a lot compared to other fans. Many Japanese fans won’t drink until after the match. Some of the Ultra-fans won’t drink at all unless they win. So please tone it down especially if we are loosing. People don’t really care when we are winning but if we are loosing and the mood sours in the stadium all eyes are on those noisy guys having a party.
    • Beer incidents. A beer incident is when a beer (or other drink) is inadvertently emptied somewhere other than the mouth. They increase exponentially with the consumption of beer. We have seen it all:
      • Full beer dropped straight down.
      • Beer knocked over into a bag on the seat below.
      • A beer river snaking down the steps pooling around someones bag or coat on the floor.
      • Drink spilt into the back of shoes of the old lady in front.
      • Beer bottle slipped and smashed.
      • Spilt a bowl of Ramen on other people’s stuff. Ramen is counted as a form beer for the sake of example and for dietary calorie calculations.
      • Got excited and accidentally slapped the bottom of cup of beer that a passing girl was carrying. The beer jumped up and went straight in her face.
    • Rounds of beer. We enjoy beer but we need to be a bit more coordinated when we get beers.
      • Try and check if people really want another beer.
      • Check if someone else is already getting beers.
    • When people don’t coordinate, through generosity, we end up having too many beers on hand and too many consumed. Beer incidents often ensue.
  • Garbage.
    • Most Japanese fans will tidy up meticulously and take their garbage when they leave. The more the club spends on staff to clean the stadium the less they have to pay Adidas for decent uniform designs and Brazilian agents fees.
      • Bring a garbage bag. If it rains you can use it to cover your stuff, make a poncho etc.
      • Take away all your garbage. Look under the seat too.
      • Take away other people’s garbage that you find too.
    • If you don’t, someone might take your picture and post it on Twitter and you will become a pariah, at least until everyone forgets. Most people will not show they are looking at you but they are actually watching you intently.
  • Supporter Culture
    • Get used to the supporter culture.
      • The “Call Leader” kicks off the songs. He’s the one who gets the blame when we loose because he chose the wrong songs at the wrong time. If you kick off a song, nobody is going to follow. It is not request time at Karaoke.
      • The area that we sit in is close to the core supporter area. We are guests there. Many people, including us, will have come very early, even lined up the day before to get a place in the season ticket holder line to get the seats. We try at all times to maintain good relations with the other fans who have been very generous to us.
    • Dress Code.
      • Check the opposition team colours. It’s not a big deal but you don’t want to look like you support the opposing team. We sit in the core supporter area so you won’t look out of place wearing a team uniform (unless it is the pink 2016 Ito Sho uniform).
      • If you haven’t been to a match for a while, make sure that you are not wearing the uniform of our favourite player who left and now plays for the opposition. Feel free to get advice.
      • If you are coming for the first time and you have your own country or home club’s uniform it is a good icebreaker. Wearing a panda suit is also acceptable.