This afternoon, Jenny and I went to our first Bundesliga game, Hamburg SV vs. VfL Wolfsburg. Hamburg SV is one of the better teams in Germany, but we haven’t really been following them. We’re not die-hard fans, but I wanted a chance to experience top-level soccer in the stadium. It was quite an experience.
The game had a bad result, with Hamburg losing 1-0 (their first loss in 20 games). Despite that, the crowd was energetic and involved. It seemed that we were the only two out of the 55,000 in the stadium that didn’t know the team songs and didn’t have a scarf or jersey on.
Getting to the game was more of an experience than we expected. We took public transportation, expecting to be able to transfer from subway to shuttle bus without a problem. However, everyone had the same idea. There were hundreds of people crowding onto the buses that came every three minutes. It was madness, except that the people were well-behaved. It really made me appreciate having Busch Stadium right downtown across the street from the Metrolink.
Beer is so important in Germany that they serve it from a keg at the ball games