Jakarta Party a Success
On 3 November, Manchester United held the second in the series of #IAMUNITED fan parties in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The event, which took place at the Epiwalk at Rasuna Epicentrum in the capital, attracted 7,500 fans to watch the live screening of the Barclays Premier League fixture between United and Arsenal.
Supporters flocked to the event from all regions of Indonesia and nearby Malaysia, with some even travelling from as far away as Borneo and Kuala Lumpur to be part of the event. One loyal Indonesian fan had even journeyed 10 hours by train overnight from Yogyakarta to Jakarta just to catch a glimpse of Reds legend Andrew Cole.
Fans began to arrive at the venue as early as 15:00 local time, more than four hours ahead of kick-off, quickly filling all spaces available and beginning to chant the familiar songs of Old Trafford against the backdrop of the various Indonesian supporters’ clubs’ flags.
With the venue filled to capacity and songs echoing from wall to wall, Treble-winning striker Cole was met by rapturous applause and cheers by the thousands in attendance, before beginning proceedings by promoting a Twitter-based competition for fans to have the chance of winning signed United items.
Before kick-off, the crowd were treated to live-link interviews from Old Trafford with ex-Reds Denis Irwin and Gary Pallister, and exclusive interviews with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and current stars Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
The huge crowd were then engrossed in the game against Arsenal, and the final whistle was met with euphoric roars as the Reds ran out 2-1 winners.
At the end of the match, Cole appeared on stage for the final time to award signed items to prize-draw winners and the lucky few in attendance whose tweets had been selected and broadcast live from Old Trafford at half-time.
Fans were still at the venue long after the final whistle, singing songs and enjoying the atmosphere of the event. “Watching it together with all the fans, it felt like Old Trafford in the Stretford End,” said Gerry Herwanto, 29. “It was amazing, such an atmosphere, you had to be there to see it.”
For more information on #IAMUNITED and upcoming events, keep visiting manutd.com/iamunited.