At first, it appears like there aren’t many people inside the stadium, but by 5:30 p.m., a line of people begins forming outside Changlimithang Stadium. As the game time draws near, the coliseum roars back to life with football fans.
After two seasons without any spectators, the BOB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) began to have spectators in the stadium on August 13, 2022.
More than 4500 football fans showed up to watch the match, which featured Thimphu City FC and newly promoted team Royal Thimphu College (RTC) FC, on the first day of the 2022 BOB Premier League.
The highest-level professional football league in the nation is the BOB Bhutan Premier League.
The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) thinks it’s good to see the crowd back at the stadium. “They provide us the assistance we need and promote the growth of football in our nation.”
BFF continues by saying that Desuups have been deployed for security reasons to ensure the audience’s safety.
After a while, watching a game in the stadium was a welcome and joyful experience, according to Tshewang Dorji, who was in attendance. The experience of viewing the game on a phone and in person at the stadium is really different.
The fact that many clubs in the league have international players helps increase the league’s level of competition, which excites the viewers.
The nation’s football supporters think the game has evolved tremendously. “Training and football facilities have improved across the nation, and now even the players are paid.”
Sangay Wangdi, a fan of football, said that because of the pandemic, he was forced to watch live games on his phone, which had poor video quality and required strong internet connectivity. “Now that we are able to see the games up close and in person, it is an exciting experience and makes me long for the days before the pandemic,” said one spectator.
This season, three new teams joined the league: FC Takin, BFF Academy FC, and RTC FC.
Ten teams in total will compete for the championship.