Thursday, November 19, 2009

Emperor's Cup Quarterfinal Sites announced - Trip to Sendai planned

The Emperor's Cup 4th round matches were held this past weekend, and Kawasaki Frontale defated the Yokohama F Marinos 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals against Vegalta Sendai. What's slightly interesting about the quarter finals is that the sites are not determined in advance - I guess they have a draw once the teams are known.

I was hoping that there'd be a game in Kawasaki on December 12th, but when the sites were announced yesterday, the game was set for Sendai, a city about 2 hours north of Tokyo that is home to the Pacific League's Rakuten Golden Eagles. But with baseball season over, there'd be no chance of a doubleheader. But then I remembered that there's a pro basketball league known as the bj League.

I checked the bj League website and found that not only is there a team in Sendai, they have home games that same weekend! Sports doubleheader on the road! I'll be checking out Frontale on Saturday afternoon and then the Sendai 89ers on Saturday evening. It'll be cold, but I'm looking forward to seeing two new stadiums and enjoying some great Sendai food. And of course, I'll have a report here afterwards. I'm hoping this is the beginning of this blog becoming more about sports travel!

Best,

Sean

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