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Best sport events to watch in Hamburg
Sport is a big deal in Hamburg. With two popular soccer clubs, a big marathon, cycling events and excellent conditions for all water sports, the city is a true haven for the avid sports fan. Despite hitting some bumps in the road, most notably with Hamburg’s handball and ice hockey teams’ poor performances, the city nevertheless continues to promote new and exciting sports.
Obviously, we must start with soccer: It’s the number one sport in Hamburg, and all of Germany. Although it’s the city’s biggest club, The Hamburger Sportverein (HSV) has unfortunately been relegated to the second division in 2018, following the team’s downward spiral over the past decade. Home games nevertheless sell out in Hamburg’s biggest stadium, the Volksparkstadion, just outside the city, as excited fans closely watch if their team can climb back to the top this season.
The smaller club and big city-rival is FC St. Pauli.
This team has been in the second division for a long time but thrives on its underdog status, and its fans are known for being fanatical. Home games are played in the modernized stadium in the heart of the city – and it’s a marvellous affair. No matter the match, or how well FC St. Pauli plays, the excitement is pure, and a true example of what football culture stands for. Be sure to buy tickets well in advance as games are mostly sold-out.
On the last week of July 2019, the Men’s ATP Tournament will take place in the beautiful Rotherbaum Tennis Stadium, right in the city centre. It has traditionally been a popular tournament, with big names playing on the clay courts. In 2019, a new organizer will run the tournament, and we can expect big things and a new concept, perhaps even the return of a women’s tournament for Germany’s top female players. The stadium is surrounded by a beautiful park, just a few steps away from the Alster. Day trips here are wonderful, especially in July when the weather is reliable and the general mood of the city is up!
Ever since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we’ve learned that beach volleyball can be one of the most fun sports to watch live. It’s very competitive, athletic, sometimes even sexy, and crowds all over the world really get into it. For the past couple of years, a huge beach volleyball tournament has been organized in Hamburg, right at City Hall – and became the sporting event of the summer. And it has paid off, because in 2019, Hamburg will host the biggest tournament of the year: The World Championship. Running from June 28 to July 7, the best teams in the world will compete for the top honour, with Brazil and Germany tipped to be favourites. The tournament take place at the Rothenbaum Tennis Stadium with a capacity of over 13,000 – the ideal venue for this spectacle, as the stadium’s roof can be closed to avoid game delays due to bad weather. Let the games begin!
A beautiful Spring tradition for all Hamburgers is to watch the Hamburg Marathon in April. There are usually a number of top athletes competing for the prize money, as well as 12,000 amateur athletes from all over the world. The race route is beautiful, following the Alster and cutting across the nicest parks and neighbourhoods of the city. If it’s a nice day, plenty of spectators line the streets to cheer on all runners – from the world record holder to the old lady from the neighbourhood. It is heart-warming to watch and a nice way to get to know the Hamburgers.