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14Apr2011

The fascination of football in Frankfurt’s Football Gardens

Behringer, Garefrekes, Prinz: FFC Frankfurt’s national team players are in the spotlight this year – or, to put it another way: at the centre of the action. For that’s where they’re going to be on the pitch in the forthcoming World Cup. However, Frankfurt’s aim is to make home advantage and title dreams something that the fans can feel not only in the great stadia, but also in the Frankfurt Football Gardens – the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup fan fest, where everything will also revolve around the beautiful game.

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“Ball wizardry from the depth of space”

For now, things are still tranquil between the two bridges, the Holbeinsteg and Untermainbrücke. For now – because when the Frankfurt Football Gardens open up, football in all its fascinating glory will take up residence on the Main riverbank. The fan fest will form the centre of events in the ‘Heart of Women’s Football’. For 23 days King Football will then reign in Germany’s financial capital. Kick-off is on 25th June with ‘Ball Magic on the Main’. The city then aims to “perform magic on the ball” says Tourismus + Congress GmbH general manager Thomas Feda. The fact that he means this literally is shown by a look at the 14-metre high ball stage, that lies – or rather floats – at the centre of the opening show. For with the help of floating pontoons the outsize ball will be located in the middle of the Main. In six scenes from the kick-off to the final the 30-minute show will feature many highlights, including, for example, a presentation of the participating countries. To the sounds of the football anthem ‘You’ll never walk alone’, Frankfurt will welcome its international guests. However, the stage show, consisting of a mix of music, artistry and dance, plus video sequences, lighting effects and sophisticated pyrotechnics, is not the only thing that’s intended to thrill the crowds. Also part of the show will be around 30 rowing boats, which will create moments on the Main full of great effect. “The ball wizardry will come from the depth of space,” promises Thomas Feda finally, thus creating a great sense of anticipation for the opening show on the Main. With this show Frankfurt will be the only city with a welcoming event outside of the stadium and is expecting around a quarter of a million visitors to come along.

Football, entertainment and cookery in the Frankfurt Football Gardens

After the opening show as well, Frankfurt will be offering football fans an extraordinary backdrop. For as the games are being played in the stadia, Frankfurt will be celebrating the World Cup on home soil with a big fan fest: fans in the Frankfurt Football Gardens on the south bank of the Main will be able to watch all 32 games live on big screens ‘floating’ on the river. The 80-metre fan mile will also offer culinary delights and great additional entertainment. For after the stupendous opening show ball wizardry will not simply vanish from the Main. Rather, there will be lots going on over the remaining weeks of the World Cup as well. Performers to appear against the backdrop of the Frankfurt skyline will include Laith Al-Deen, Glashaus and Christina Stürmer. However, music is not the only thing that will be provided on the ball stage. Comedy and acrobatic artistry will also be performed. The Frankfurt Football Gardens will thus be not only a huge fan mile, but also a clever mix of festival and public viewing. And the proximity to the Main will create a very special atmosphere – while it may not be where the ball is getting kicked, it is where it will float!


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