The Royal Bangalore Meet up!!
This cool meet up was planned by our very own crazy die hard FAB member Allen Abhishek along with Vitthal (a Fanatic Fan from Hubli) & Ramkishore. This was the first time I was interacting with Allen and I had no clue he had organized many meet ups before, I was nervous.
I remember approaching Allen 2 days before the actual meet up day and I was skeptical. His reply was "2 Days are in fact more than enough for me, I'll be more than happy to organize it yet again". I asked "Yet again?" Then Tania told me Allen had previously organised almost every meet up in Bangalore, and it was always a hit.
So this is how it was planned: At first Allen thought that at a short notice we won't really get a good number of people turning up just to meet each other. Why not have a meet up where all the fans come together to watch RCB match on a big screen?
The meet up was decided for the 20th of May 2012 at Guzzlers Inn in Bangalore on the day of a must win match against Deccan Chargers.
Allen was expecting just Fanatic Fans and few others from Bengaluru to turn up but in the end a lot more people showed up. More than 40 fans came, some just 16, some easily more than 30 years old and soon the place was full of the RCB colors. They all pooled in cash, went bowling, watched the game and made the best of the evening by making every moment fun.
The sad part about the evening was that WE lost the match & we didn't qualify for the play off but as Allen said "Fans never stopped supporting RCB till the very last ball". I guess that's the best part about our fans no matter whether we win or lose we'll always bleed Red and Gold and are in good spirits. Allen and the cool Bangalore gang made a promise to have meet ups once in every month to keep the spirit alive till RCB plays in the next IPL"
He, along with the fab members of the Fan Advisory Board, plot new schemes to engage with fans and trouble shoot their problems.
Feel free to write to him on firstname.lastname@example.org.