The week everyone at Liseberg is dreading has come and passed this year as well. I was surprised at how easy and smothly it went. Until the very last day.
Gothia Cup is a geat event hosted by the city of Gothenburg every summer where kids come from all around the world to play the world’s biggest youth soccer tournament. It must be so much fun for them. Included in this tournament is a wristband for free entrance to Liseberg every day. They have the opportunity to buy a special wristband to go on the rides, and it lasts the whole week. Previous years, I think Liseberg has been pretty bad at letting the Gothia Kids know that you have to have both of the wristbands so we have had a huuuuuge problem with whole teams coming up, with only one wristband, not speaking neither Swedish nor English. Kind of problematic. But this year Liseberg was more thorough with the advertisement and I only had to reject one group of German girls. They were angry, but understood me and bought tickets.
Another issue that arises at Liseberg during Gothia Cup is when the kids don’t understand the queuing system at Helix and a full team sprints through ONE gate and steals other people’s spots. But they managed that this time as well. Sure, we had groups going through the same gate, but not more than any other day of the summer. It was a pleasant experience this year. Except the last day when everyone seemed to go bananas and run everywhere on Helix station.
There are other downsides of living in Gothenburg when hosting so many kids. The city in general. The trams and buses are full of screaming kids, like they are fighting a war, between teams, on who can scream the loudest. This year though, not much! Which has been great. The trams and buses are usually stinking of sweat too, but not this year. Gothia Cup 2017 was a success!