Football craze is hitting town big time. The Champions League final at Wembley Stadium, London between Manchester United and Barcelona on Saturday, May 28 is set to bring football fans into the city for a fiesta. Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU), not to be outdone, is cashing on the impending clash of football titans by organising “Street Fiesta” in conjunction with Ladies Uptown, the weekend bazaar at MBI Square.
Syahrul Nizam, YBU’s Community Management Unit Assistant Manager, plans to increase the number of stalls from the current 30 to 51. “This is in anticipation of the crowd that will fill the square before the live telecast of the match,” he told Ipoh Echo.
The weekend bazaar, a brainchild of YBU, has been operational for over six months. Food and other items on sale are being sought by visitors who come from far and wide. The bazaar provides an avenue for enterprising single mothers to start a business. They get to sell their very own products, food or handicrafts, to the general public.
“A dedicated stall selling men’s items such as clothing, footwear, toiletries, tonic, etc. will be established,” said Syahrul. “Baju melayu, songkok, baju kurong, etc. will also be sold since Hari Raya Puasa is coming soon,” he added.
The additional stalls will provide visitors with a larger array of goods and products to choose from. The heightened activities will definitely have an impact on business and in the process help the traders to maximize their profits.
In the lead to the final, which will be telecast live on a giant TV screen, games such as street soccer, street ball and street dance, will be organised. Attractive prizes await the winners of these competitions. “It’s an eventful night for everyone,” said Syahrul.
Those keen on participating in the games, can call Lynn or Ika of Perak News at 05-2557725 to register.