Whenever entering the beautiful stadium you will see a huge digital clock. However, it is not a normal clock. The time shown is exactly the amount of years, days, minutes and seconds that the HSV has played in the first Bundesliga. The fans are always proud to be able to say that their team is the only one in Germany that has played in the first league since its launch in 1963. These days, the club is always close to being relegated, they have definitely had some tough years and being a HSV fan has been a hard time. Nevertheless, the fans have always sticked to their team and never gave up support!
One of the best things to do in Hamburg is actually at the atadium – why not walk in the footsteps of your favorite players and go behind the scenes and take a stadium tour! For just €10 you can’t afford not to! You get to see the secretive areas of the stadium including the trophy room, changing rooms, and the pitch itself.
It is worth ringing in advance and checking that that days tour is in English though – at least let them know you’re coming!
Hamburg are never, ever called Hamburg. They’ve got plenty of nicknames: Bundesliga-Dino, “the dinosaur” because of their long history in the league, “die Rauten”, because of the diamond on their badge, “die Rothosen”, because of their unusual red short/blue shirt kits or simple HSV, pronounced Ha-Ess-Fow, with the fow like a painful ow rather than dough. Bear in mind that everyone will think that you’re a bit strange if you call the ground the Imtech Arena too: it’s the Volksparkstadion to Hamburgers, and always will be…
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