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Borussia Park

Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia

Home of the Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Borussia Park (map it)
Hennes-Weisweiler-Allee 1
Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia 41179
Germany


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Year Opened: 2004

Capacity: 59,274

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Fohlen of Borussia Park

At the turn of the 20th century, the Fussball club Borussia was founded in August 1900. The term Borussia refers to the latin name Prussia, the province of the German Empire of which Mönchengladbach was a part of back in the day.

After the founding of the ballclub, it did not really have a place it could call home already. But in 1914, at the beginning of the First World War, the building of Bokelberg Stadium was started.

This was the stadium the team would call home for the longest period in their 114 year history. The Bokelberg Stadium was finished in 1919 and it would be the home of the Borussen till 2004.

The football team of Mönchengladbach has had a rich and successful history, especially in the 1970s, when it won multiple Bundesliga titles and won the important UEFA Cup twice. Gladbach got its nickname Fohlen (which means foal/colt) because of its successful teams in the 70s, made up only of young players from their own farm system.

After 85 years playing at the Bokelberg, the stadium didn’t meet the European standards and every time ‘die Gladbacher’ had to play in Europe, they had to use other spots to play (mostly Dusseldorf’s Rheinstadion). So the decision was made to build a brand new park, the Borussia Park, which finally opened its doors in 2004.

The park is located in a new, industrial/office area of the city and it is really state of the art. It can hold 59,274 spectators in total, but for a regular Bundesliga game, this number is reduced to 54,000.

It has 37,865 seats and the other spots are standing room, which is very common for German arenas.

Borussia Park has a tiered layout, with basically clear views for all spectators inside. There’s a business area/lounge and a closed off away section.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food and beverage is an absolute minus to this stadium visit. The concourse is somewhat absent and in the concourse you find a couple of different food stands, all offering the same kinds of food. But the main article is Bratwurst (choice of two different types) for about €2.50, beer going for €3 (1/2 litre) and the other food options including the "Bretzel" (large pretzel) and some smaller snacks. The soft drinks can be had for €2.50 with choice of Coke, Diet Coke and other well-known varieties.

Be aware of the beer salesmen if you enter the stadium. They come in big numbers and they are massively aggressive. The sound of "beer-beer-beer" keeps echoing in your ear all the time you're standing there having a drink and a laugh.

Atmosphere    3

Going to any German football arena, you will likely encounter similar sites inside the various arenas. Mostly, the atmosphere consists of two rivaling supporter groups singing and shouting for almost 90 minutes. The home team (if they are winning) will be strongly supporting their crowd, the away team will be singing anyway, because having to travel with your favorite team from north to south in Germany comes with passion! Mostly you'll find one guy with a large drum instrument, smashing it all the time, rhythmically firing up his mates. At least there's some atmosphere as for a lot of other countries, this enduring sound and chanting is somewhat absent.

By the way, don't forget about the Mascot "Junter," which is a somewhat undefinable animal (it's a Zebra-like looking horse). It has its own column in the Fanzine and is present on the field before the game and during halftime.

Neighborhood    2

The location of the stadium is horrible. The former location was much closer to the city center. But it was placed as a new development area, with a field hockey facility next to it (Warsteiner Field Hockey Park), perfect traffic reach, and so on. As there's no real bar or atmosphere. It makes the area very hard to love.

Fans    3

Fans in the stadium are somewhat distant to the game. They do chant and shout, but don't expect very heavy involvement. Other fans in the area (the FC Kolner or the Dortmund fans) are much more involved. As for knowledge of the team, expect general knowledge about the team and its players. Do not mention their arch rival though, which is 1. FC Koln (nicknamed the Geissbocken).

Access    4

Access to the stadium is very good, with the location being served heavily by public transport. There's a direct shuttle service from both Mönchengladbach Central station and the Rheydt train station. You can take a train from any train station in the area to one of the before mentioned stops and the bus will get you from the station to the stadium in 10-15 minutes. The buses and their departure spots are very well signed, both for arrival at and departure from the stadium. Getting there and away is therefore easy and efficient.

Within the stadium, there are reserved areas for disabled people, with about 30 to 40 wheelchair spots available. Furthermore, around the stadium, you can find enough parking space.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets run from €20- €50. A perfect spot can be found all around, but beware of the fences and nets that are put up next to the away section. What looks like a perfect spot on the first row, steps from the pitch, has a restricted view. During my recent visit I had a seat that cost €27. It was money well spent, but the ROI was therefore lower than expected. Take it as advice. Every other seat in the house doesn't have this issue.

Extras    3

The stadium houses a very big fan shop, which is always a plus. Expect a good experience for the roughly €9 you pay to take the stadium tour (children get a discount of €4). There's a sports bar in the stadium too, where you can enjoy some nice food and watch the away games of the Borussen if wanted. It's however closed for the public during matchdays.

Final Thoughts

All in all, it's good to be in Germany and visit a game. The atmosphere is friendly, the beer is good and if you are in to bratwurst you're in the money. If you only have one option to go, try to pick one that has a little more ROI, which is probably a rivalry match.

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