Football is a big thing in Cologne and the club itself has a very long and a very old tradition. Especially right before every match when everybody sings the club anthem, waves their flags and lifts their scarves high up into the air – total Goosebumps feeling! The fans themselves are very loud, active and cheerful. However, riots after a loss are more likely than in most other stadiums as the fans are very emotional. Still, regarding the atmosphere this is definitely a place to check out. Don’t forget to bring out your red or white clothes, the team’s colors!
FC Koln’s willingness to incorporate standing room inside their stadium is fanatic – these ticket prices lower are than normal which means that the ground is a lot busier than it would be if the prices were extortionate. This near capacity stadium is so close to the pitch which really does create a special atmosphere! The songs and chants reverberate around the stadium for the whole game and the place erupts when a goal is scored! It’s a great, friendly and passionate experience.
Behind the southern end you can find the ultras, known as Wilde Horde, who have something of a reputation for being disruptive. This is usually concentrated on away games, particularly with local rivals, and not really an issue if you’re visiting Cologne. You’ll probably come away with a great impression of them, as they are loud, colourful and incredibly passionate.
Away supporters are housed in the north east corner and usually well-policed. The potential for trouble is always there but in practice it is absolutely minimal, unless you count nasty words being shouted at you in German from behind a line of cops.
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