KAA Gent will take on Anderlecht at home on Sunday in a sold-out KAA Gent Arena. The match between the numbers two and three in the competition promises to provide fireworks off the field.
At exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, KAA Gent – Anderlecht will start in a sold-out KAA Gent Arena, with 20,000 seats. The atmosphere will have been there for a long time by then. Along the line, resident DJ Shizzle rouses the supporters with pumping beats and when the players enter the field, fireworks are set off. It will already be dark, so it promises to be a spectacular sight.
And it doesn’t stop there, says Tyas Kastelijn, Commercial Manager of KAA Gent: “Our partners Absolute Teamsport and Fulltime Sport are going to install a huge darts board at the stadium. Whoever kicks a football into the bull’s eye will receive a nice prize. Thanks to Circus there are cheerleaders again. We succeeded against Club Brugge, so hopefully also against Anderlecht.”
Roef and Herpoel
But perhaps the best action takes place during halftime. Five supporters can then unleash their inner Davy Roef and try to stop penalties just like our Ghent hero. “Normally, supporters are allowed to shoot at the goal, but now we are turning the tables,” says Kastelijn. “The penalties are given by two ladies from the KAA Gent Ladies.”
And the unofficial kick-off will also be special. This will be given by living Buffalo legend Frédéric Herpoel, the goalkeeper who stood between the Ghent posts between 1997 and 2007 and even managed to score twice in ten years. “He previously played for Anderlecht for five years, so he was the perfect guest for this match,” says Kastelijn.
After the match there is no DJ set on the promenade and there is only one reason. Kastelijn: “The match was only finished late on Sunday evening. If we celebrate our victory on the promenade, there is a chance that many supporters will not get to work on time. The club doesn’t want that on its conscience (laughs).”