With the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 set to get underway in Thailand on Thursday 1 November, excitement is building at the venues in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.
As soon as you land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in the country's capital, it is evident that something big is about to happen. Banners and flags abound, letting everyone know that a new FIFA tournament is just around the corner. And once you get into the city itself, the sense of anticipation is palpable.
Excitement growing by the day
"People here are really looking forward to the tournament," Bangkok native Songporn Jittarapatamapong told FIFA.com. "It's a big event that we're all working on to organise here and it's really exciting. My boyfriend is going to some of the matches but unfortunately I don't yet know whether I will be able to make it, since I have to work."
The many volunteers who will be working in varying capacities on this global event are also getting into the spirit. "The preparations are all coming to a head," Stefania Vieira De Lacerda, who has come all the way from Brazil to work at the Indoor Stadium Huamark, told FIFA.com. "We've already had various meetings about the start of the tournament, and it's great. People call Thailand 'the Land of Smiles' and it certainly is - it's a lovely country. We're all looking forward to 1 November and we're all ready for the World Cup."
Fan Zone to open on Wednesday
A day before the opening match, the Fan Zone outside Nimibutr Stadium will be unveiled with a free concert by the band Slot Machine, who wrote the official FIFA Futsal World Cup song.
Every day from 4 pm (except on days when there are no matches), futsal fans will have the chance to play on a mini-pitch and take part in a whole host of other activities. Younger visitors in particular will be looking forward to meeting the FIFA World Cup mascot - a ball-playing elephant.
FIFA Partners including Sony, Coca-Cola, KIA and adidas will also be making sure that the Fan Zone has plenty to offer with gifts and special offers available every day and entertainment through to 10 pm. Every game from the FIFA Futsal World Cup will also be broadcast there live, including the ones from Nimibutr Stadium provided that these are sold out.
If you too want to be part of the FIFA Futsal World Cup and sample the experience live, then we have some good news for you. Tickets for the matches in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima are still available, and you can find all the information you need via the link on the right-hand side of this page.