By Lindsey Gelwicks | BSU at the Games
Nearly two hours before the beginning of the Opening Ceremony, the Sports Cafe near Piccadilly Circus is beginning to fill. Not an empty seat or table is left in the two-story American-style bar.
As bartenders on the ground floor fill pints of Stella Artois and Carling, someone mentions this many people entering the bar this early in the evening is rare. Crowds find any space available to watch the show on one of the bar’s several TVs. Waitresses in body-conscious red and blue dresses stand outside a reserved section of tables directing those without reservations upstairs.
Amongst the growing packs are four American college students visiting London for an eight-week internship program.
Billy Krol, a junior at the University of Illinois, was proud to be representing the U.S. at the start of the Olympic Games in England. He wore shorts resembling the American flag with stars on the right leg and stripes down the left.
“I actually scaled it down a lot,” he said, mentioning that his outfit for July 4th contained more spirit.
Sarah Attaway, a junior at the College of Charleston, joined in on the American pride. She bought a red dress just for the occasion.
Unable to find a place to sit in the quickly filling bar, Attaway and Krol waited while others in the group searched for another place to possibly watch the ceremony.
For Attaway, this was her first time watching an Olympic Opening Ceremony, and she was looking forward to it, she said.
Krol was most interested in discovering what the performance would be.
“They keep it a mystery,” he said, explaining how one of the intern’s coworkers was a dancer in the ceremony but has had to keep tight-lipped about it.
Lindsey Gelwicks is a senior magazine journalism major at Ball State University and features reporter for BSU at the Games. Follow Lindsey and the BSU team at @lbgelwicks, @bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.