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Monday, May 27, 2013

Sudirman Cup 2013 @ Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 19th to 26th May

My second trip to Bukit Jalil Kuala Lumpur.
The view of the soccer stadium at night from the Sri Petaling Rail Transit line.

The official poster of the Li-Ning Sudirman Cup 2013. It's the first time Li-Ning is supporting the Sudirman cup.
The venue, Stadium Putra (indoor stadium)

Linesman walking up to court in a mostly empty stadium.
An autograph signing session from a Chinese National player, Xu Chen (徐晨).

Impression of the 1st Sudirman cup I attended;

Very quiet on the 24th, 25th and 26th. The local team, Malaysia was eliminated early. So was Indonesia, a provider of massive fan support.

The stadium was quite empty, barely 1/10 capacity.

On the 24th, morning session, even on a Wesak public holiday, the stadium was practically empty.
The Wesak day (24th)  matches were a meaningless games where the eliminated teams from Europe, North America, Ocenia and Asia were playing. Perhaps it's for future ranking points...

The merchandise sold by Li-Ning was pretty expensive, with no discounts enjoyed by spectators paying for watching the matches.

Fans who watch are mostly nationalistic supporters and not genuine badminton fans. Fans cheer the country just like World Cup soccer.

The stadium was dimly lit like the All-England super series.

Despite some problems, the trip was overall quite enjoyable seeing a special team event like the Sudirman cup up close and personal.

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