In fulfilment of its promise to consumers at the beginning of this season, Heineken has sent five lucky consumers to watch the high profile UEFA Champions League match involving Bayern Munich and Arsenal live at the Allianz Arena in Germany.
Olawale Ajadi, Ejike Emmanuel, Nonso Oguama, Onimisi Anibasa and Chimezie Onwumere are the lucky consumers who won tickets to watch the match. They all triumphed among thousands of participants in the Heineken 'Match Your Half Ticket' promotion which was held during the group stage of the ongoing season.
The travelling team left Lagos Monday night aboard a Lufthansa Airlines plane and arrived Frankfurt this morning for a short trip to Munich for the all important match this evening at the Allianz Arena.
Interestingly, it will be the second time that Heineken consumers will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the same stadium for a UEFA Champions League match. Earlier, five lucky consumers of the brand enjoyed the spectacle of Chelsea's triumph of May 2012 when they lifted the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
"This is a once in a life time opportunity that Heineken has offered the consumers. There are millions of football fans out there that have the financial means and would have loved to be at the stadium live but the precious match tickets are not available.
“Heineken has made it possible for these lucky Nigerians to feel the passion of the game directly and be part of the 69,901 seating crowd.
"While we congratulate them for this feat, we also want to appreciate all our consumers especially those who participated in the 'Match Your Half Ticket' promotion in the group stage last year," said Ngozi Nkwoji, Senior Brand Manager Heineken.
Although all the lucky winners still have their favourite clubs in the race to win this season's competition, Emmanuel who won his ticket from Enugu and Oguma from Port Harcourt are the luckiest of all as both are Arsenal FC fans and have wished Heineken should give them the opportunity to watch their teams live at any stadium in Europe.
"Please if it is a dream do not bother to wake me up until after the match on Tuesday," Emmanuel remarked at the airport shortly before the team departed.
"My affinity to Heineken has paid off because I just can't imagine myself watching my team live at the stadium and win or lose I am okay with this adventure," he yelled.
In the case of Oguma, he is optimistic that Arsenal will scale the Bayern hurdle and will be glad to be part of the historic night at the Arena.
"I want to be part of this historic night for millions of Arsenal fans in Nigeria. We scored two goals there last season and we can repeat same feat against them [on Tuesday] night," he asserted.
While another travelling consumer Onimisi from Abuja, who is a staunch Chelsea fan said he is glad to be at the stadium where his favourite club won the UEFA Champions League trophy two seasons ago.
"Allianz Arena is one of the best football stadiums and it happens to be the place where Chelsea triumphed against Bayern Munich in the final match two seasons ago. I am glad to be there live courtesy of Heineken International premium lager beer," he noted.
The Heineken 'Match Your Half Ticket' promotion commenced in September last year when the group stage matches of the UEFA Champions League started and consumers at selected bars across the country participated in the programme. The fun and excitement of the UEFA Champions League will not be limited to the five lucky consumers at the Allianz Arena alone because the managers of the new Heineken House have concluded arrangements to give visitors and consumers a world-class viewing experience tonight and tomorrow.
"Everything in the House is in perfect shape. Those who have the opportunity to be here will interact with celebrities in the entertainment and football industry when the matches are on in real time, with chilled Heineken beer available to enjoy the games.
“Aside the excitement that will go with the two matches this evening, we have a pleasant surprise for all the visitors that will come for the matches tomorrow when FC Barcelona play host to Manchester City at the Nou Camp," brand manager Nkwoji disclosed.