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Wehen Wiesbaden

Ground: BRITA-Arena

Visits: 1

Date: 3rd November 2019

Match: Wehen Wiesbaden - Hamburger SV  1-1  (2. Bundesliga)

Attendance: 8 200

Wehen Wiesbaden is currently building a new stand in the west side of the ground and with that in mind I was not planning to visit BRITA-Arena until the new stand is ready. When I had the opportunity to visit my three remaining grounds in 2. Bundesliga on consecutive days I changed my opinion though. I realized a club like Hamburger SV would mean a sold-out (8,200) ground and if they are relegated back to 3. Liga not many matches, albeit with four stands, would get that kind of attendance. Having arrived at my hotel late on Saturday evening I had a very easy start to the day. I enjoyed a late breakfast and then relaxed in my room until I made the short (5 min.) walk to the ground. Wehen Wiesbaden is the football section of  SV Wehen 1926 – Taunusstein and since 2007 the club is playing at the BRITA-Arena in Wiesbaden. After winning the play-offs last season the 2019/2020 season is only the third season for the club at this level. BRITA-Arena is currently being rebuilt in order to allow Wehen Wiesbaden to still play their games at their home ground. At the moment the capacity is 8,200 but once the new stand is ready capacity will be 15,500.

My seat was in the leftmost section of the main stand. This was officially a home section but I was probably the only non-HSV fan in this part of the ground! Hamburger SV is of course aiming for promotion back to the Bundesliga and Wehen Wiesbaden are aiming to stay up. Backed by around 4,000 travelling fans HSV had most of the possession and clear chances in the first half but it was still 0-0 at half-time. In the second half HSV attacked the end where their fans were and in the 48th minute this part of the ground were sent into wild celebrations. David Kinsombi scored the goal and it felt like more HSV goals were to come. Despite several quality chances they failed to score again though and in stoppage time Wehen Wiesbaden, down to 10 men, equalized from a corner. 1-1 was very unfair to HSV but this is football and you have to score from your chances. As I left BRITA-Arena I could look back on a successful trip and hopefully I can visit Paderborn in the near future to complete the top two divisions in Germany. My flight back home departed 20.30 and shortly before mid-night I was back home.

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BRITA-Arena

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Entrance to the North Stand

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Rear of the East Stand

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South Stand

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West side (under re-construction)

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North Stand

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East Stand

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Fans of both teams mixing

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Players and officials entering

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Kick-off

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South Stand

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HSV fans

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HSV fans

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0-1!

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View of play

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North Stand

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Wehen Wiesbaden fans

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Pano

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