The roadshows will tour the UAE in multiple venues across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the build up to next year’s tournament
Hundreds of football enthusiasts have kicked-off celebrations for the 2019 Asian Cup, being entertained by football freestylers and taking part in a number of interactive football activities at Dubai Mall.
Adding to the excitement, the first 50 fans who visited the interactive roadshow scored an extra treat, receiving tickets for selected group stage matches during the competition.
The roadshows, which will tour the UAE in multiple venues across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the build up to next year’s tournament, will give visitors the chance to be part of the action in the months leading up to it.
As an extra incentive for football fans on Friday, August 31, the roadshow will be free of charge all day, with a nominal Dh25 fee to be instituted for the five remaining days, but with all attendees receiving a match ticket as part of the experience.
Speaking at the Dubai Mall roadshow, Indian football fan Vedant, aged eight, was one of the first people to experience the immersive activity. “I’m a huge football fan so couldn’t wait to take part in the interactive roadshow. I love everything about football and enjoyed the augmented reality experience a lot. I can’t wait for the AFC Asian Cup games.”
The roadshow gives fans a chance to learn, play, show off their skills and engage with cutting-edge VR technology in three distinct zones of engagement: the Virtual Zone, Skills Zone and Victory Zone.
Throughout each of the days, the Virtual Zone educates fans about the stars and history of the Asian Cup tournament, bringing visitors on a journey across the UAE host cities via VR headsets.
The Skills Zone welcomes fans of all footballing abilities, letting them tackle a series of accelerating challenges in a fun football simulator.
The Victory Zone features multiple interactive games that allow visitors to channel their passion through augmented reality by running, cheering or acting as a spokesperson on behalf of your favorite team.
Supporters attending any of the roadshows can add to their excitement for the tournament online, sharing their experiences through social media, using #AsianCup2019 to join in the conversation.
Tickets are available to purchase online via www.afcasiancup2019.com. Everyone taking part in the roadshows can select tickets for any of the first-round group stage games, excluding the opening game between the UAE and Bahrain.
Interactive roadshow dates and venues:
Dubai Mall Dubai 26 Aug-1 Sept; Al Wahda Mall Abu Dhabi 6-8 Sept; Dalma Mall Abu Dhabi 6-15 Sept; Zero-6 Al Ain 13-15 Sept; Deerfields Mall Abu Dhabi 20-22 Sept; Mega Mall Sharjah 20-27 Sept; Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi 27-29 Sept; Barari Outlet Mall Al Ain 10-12 Oct; Marina Mall Abu Dhabi 11-13 Oct; Al Raha Gardens Plaza Abu Dhabi 14-16 Oct; Abu Dhabi Mall Abu Dhabi 18-20 Oct; Dubai Fitness Challenge Dubai 19-20 Oct; Herriott Watt University Dubai 22-23 Oct; Yas Mall Abu Dhabi 1-7 Nov; Dubai Fitness Challenge Dubai 2-3 Nov; Dubai Fitness Challenge Dubai 9-10 Nov; Ibn Battuta Mall Dubai 12-14 Nov; Dubai Fitness Challenge Dubai 16-17 Nov; Etihad Plaza Abu Dhabi 22-24 Nov; Nations Galleria Abu Dhabi 29 Nov-4 Dec; Dubai Rugby 7s Dubai 29 Nov-1 Dec; Al Majaz Park Sharjah 4-5 Dec; Al Qasba Sharjah 11-13 Dec; Mubazarah Park Al Ain 13-18 Dec; Global Village Dubai 15-18 Dec; City Fan Zone Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 26 Dec-3 Jan; AFC Asian Cup Fan Zone UAE 5 Jan-1 Feb.