When it comes to Muay Thai stadiums in Thailand, smaller is sometimes better. At smaller venues, you’re generally closer to the ring, you get to watch the fights at an arm’s length away from the gamblers, and the crowd’s frenzied cheering just hits differently. If you want to immerse yourself in this kind of viewing experience, there’s no better place than at Channel 7 Boxing Stadium.
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium: A Brief History
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium is more of a studio than a stadium. It was built to showcase what was, at one time, Thailand’s number-one rated Muay Thai show for decades — Suek Muay Thai 7. Since it’s inception, Suek Muay Thai 7 has been one of the most trusted promotions in all of the country, praised for its fair referees and judges. In 2010, Suek Muay Thai 7 won a Golden Television Award for Outstanding Sports Program Narrator. Nowadays, the event continues to hold a top-10 spot in the television ratings despite a plethora of rising competition, especially ONE Championship’s ONE Lumpinee event, which also airs on Channel 7.
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium Event Schedule For January 2024
Channel 7 holds Muay Thai events every Sunday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Because entry is free, the stadium fills up quickly. So, be sure to get there at least an hour ahead of time to claim a good seat, hopefully ringside.
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Channel 7 Boxing Stadium Tickets Prices
Unlike every other Bangkok Muay Thai stadium, Channel 7 is free to get into. Not only is it free, but as a non-Thai you get to sit ringside if you arrive early enough to get a seat. This means you could be featured live on Thai television.
It feels, at times, that Channel 7 Boxing Stadium breaks every fire code written when it comes to crowd capacity, but that is the allure of the studio. Unlike the much larger Rajadamnern Muay Thai Stadium and Lumpinee Boxing Stadium — both of which sometimes struggle to fill their venues — Channel 7 is consistently packed to the ceiling with the Thai public.
Best Seats At Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
You have two seating options at Channel 7 — ringside seats and standing bleachers. If you arrive early enough to get ringside seats, you’ll enjoy yourself more than if you stand in the bleachers. At most stadiums, I almost always recommend tiered seating over ringside seats. But Channel 7 is the one exception. From ringside, you might not be able to see every single thing that happens in the ring due to the ring posts, officials, and cameramen. However, you can stretch your legs and get to the bathroom easily.
When you stand in the bleachers, you’re among the gambling public, which I highly recommend elsewhere. But at Channel 7, once you have your spot in the bleachers you’re stuck there until the end of the show, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers. If you need to use the bathroom, you have to shimmy sideways through the crowd because even the pathways leading out of the studio are overrun with gamblers.
If you don’t mind being pinned up against strangers or not being able to move for long stretches, you might want to try standing in the bleachers — just make sure you use the bathroom first.
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium Fights
Unlike the bigger stadiums, Channel 7 has stayed away from three-round entertainment Muay Thai and instead focuses on traditional five-round Muay Thai. At the stadium, you get to witness everything that makes the culture of Muay Thai so amazing, from the wai kru to the traditional music to the gambling.
How To Get To Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
The stadium is located in the Chatuchuck district of Bangkok, just 1.2 kilometers from the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market and 700 meters from the Mo Chit BTS station. It shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to walk to the stadium from either location.
In Thailand, it’s customary to dress in long pants or long skirt, shirt, and closed-toes shoes if there’s a chance you might be seen on television. The same holds true at Channel 7. You must wear long pants, a collared shirt, and closed-toe footwear (no sandals or flip-flops).
Dos And Dont’s
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, you never want to rest your feet on top of anything at the stadiums. You should refrain from putting your feet up on chairs, railings, or other objects. Don’t yell at the fighters or officials, and never throw anything into the ring. That said, feel free to cheer for your favorite fighter until you’re content.
Food And Drinks
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium has plenty of food and drink vendors outside along the road where the studio is located. Inside the venue, water is available. But your food options are limited. So, make sure you fill your stomach before you arrive.
The famous Chatuchak Weekend Market is only a 15-minute walk from Channel 7 Boxing Stadium. At the market, you can find Thai food, clothes, souvenirs, decorations, furniture, electronics, antiques, plants, pets and much more. In fact, the market is home to more than a thousand shops and kiosks. You can spend hours here and still not see everything it has to offer.
Final Thoughts on Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
Muay Thai at the smaller venues in Bangkok offers a different viewing experience. And out of all the smaller stadiums available in the Thai capital, Channel 7 Boxing Stadium is, in my opinion, the most exciting of them all. Whether you get ringside seating or stand in the bleachers, you’ll be in awe at the big atmosphere that this little venue packs.
Hi, I’m John Wolcott, a former long-time English-language Muay Thai commentator who’s been living in Thailand since 2014. Over the last decade, I’ve commentated Muay Thai fights at MAX Muay Thai, Rajadamnern Muay Thai Stadium, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, World Siam Stadium, and more. In 2022 I stepped away from commentating to focus on writing about the sport. Although I still occasionally commentate, my goal nowadays is to share with you everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about watching Muay Thai in Thailand so that you can have an unforgettable experience.