Through the ever-changing collosus of media, individual’s within an audience have been impacted significantly. In particular, when watching sport live, on television or streaming, technology has altered our visibility when watching a game.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does.”
Sport has brought upon power to the audience watching. Following a sports team empowers an indivdual. Especially with the uprise of media, following a team has become easier, this can be through social media or through the internet.
On the 24th of July 2014
I visited Melbourne for the game between my favourite team Liverpool and Melbourne Victory. I had never been able to watch Liverpool play in recent times as they play in England and never have really came to Australia recently. The crowd was made up of around 95,000 fans at the MCG, mainly Liverpool supporters.
As Liverpool always do, they chanted the famous song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. In a crowd of 95,000 people the feeling was surreal. It was as if I was dreaming, lying in bed dreaming of a time where I was so cold yet so warm at the same time.
Cold at the fact that my arms were lathered with millions of goosebumps which sent chills to my spine, yet so warm at the fact that my dream of watching my favourite team live was becoming a reality.
Every Saturday, Sunday or Monday morning at roughly 2am, my Dad and I would be sat glued to the screens for around 2 hours. At times we would be slumped, miserable at the fact our team has continued to fall short of winning a title or sometimes, we would be cheering. Cheering at the fact our best player, Mo Salah, had just scored an absolute screamer from outside the box. But no matter what we never gave up on our team, we religiously continued to support our team through thick and thin.
We never gave up.
The referee blew his whistle for the kick off and just like the game had started. The 95,000 audience members who were in attendance instantly threw up a huge roar. The sound was deafening. I had never heard a louder collective sound in my life. Once I regained my hearing the sounds did not stop. The crowd began to chant songs. Songs which would be chanted in the home side at our home ground, Anfield.
It felt as if I was standing in the middle of the Anfield Pitch, surrounded by the fans echoing their chants.
In that moment, I felt like I had escaped from reality and life’s problems. I was living in the moment and to me that was the most pleasurable thing.