Central Festival, Honda, Grammy celebrate Euro 2012 kick-off

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Central Festival Pattaya Beach, the GMM Grammy music label and Honda Motor Co. celebrated next week’s start of the Euro 2012 football tournament with music, exhibits and contests.

Surin Chantharakkarnkha, manager for dealer Mityon Honda, hosted the “60 Days to the Euro 2012 Final” on May 23 at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.  Despite steady rain, the outdoor event still managed to attract quite a few football fans.

Slavek and Slavko, the twin mascots for Euro 2012, welcome soccer fans to the pre-tournament party at Central Festival Pattaya Beach on May 23. Slavek and Slavko, the twin mascots for Euro 2012, welcome soccer fans to the pre-tournament party at Central Festival Pattaya Beach on May 23.

Organizers unveiled the Euro tournament’s mascots, Slavek and Slavko, while sponsors opened booths offering various exhibits and activities.  The Football Mania Road Show entertained the audience and Air Asia gave away free Thailand airline tickets.  Teenage boy band “The Mousse” capped the event with a short performance.

Burin said the event was aimed at promoting Honda’s sponsorship of the Thai television broadcast of the European tournament.

Football fan Pongthai Kritnasup said the event gave him information he needed on the schedules of the broadcasts and the games themselves.

“I love football and I believe that Euro tournament is one of the biggest tournaments around,” said English football fan Ranjit Sadra.  “Even though broadcasts in Thailand are late at night, I believe that is not a problem and would like all football fans to enjoy this big tournament.”

Jointly hosted by Ukraine and Poland, Euro 2012 kicks off June 8 at 11 p.m. local time.