"Angry scenes resulted, and the somewhat lacklustre performance of the Falcons was therefore missed by most of the crowd."
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)
The Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Sports and Games had advertised that an Invisibility spell would be used on the stadium. They further advised that Re-Visibility Spectacles were going to be needed that evening (DP1). However, many fans were unable to find the stadium – or else they could not see the match even while using the Ministry-supplied glasses (DP2).
If you can't see the pitch or the opposing team, then the resulting confusion is not a surprise. The other unsurprising thing is that the Ministry of Magic doesn't always realise what kind of mess their problem solutions are going to cause.
Although the date printed on the second Daily Prophet Newsletter (DP2) is 8 February 1999, the timeframe for this event is 1992-1993.
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