When I had the opportunity to go to a local football(soccer) game in town I took it. I offered to pay at the entrance to the field, but was told to 'just go in'. The game had started and I made my way through the standing crowd to about mid-field. I was the only foreigner. Most of the crowd were home town fans and they were enthusiastic and LOUD. The rival team had two men drumming full tilt.
It wasn't long before our team scored! A jubilant young man in the crowd turned, walked over to me, and shook my hand in congratulations. I knew I was in a very special town indeed.