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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Duisburg is a typical Nordrhein/Westfalen industrial city located in the hotbed of German football. The Reisen Arena, home of Bundesliga 2 club MSV Duisburg (nicknamed the Zebras), is situated near the centre of the city. The stadium was built on the site of its predecessor in 2004 as part of the regeneration scheme to host the 2005 World Games. The stadium is part of the Wedau Sports Park and has a capacity of 31,500, of which 22,400 are seated.
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The food menu is of a good standard consisting of the normal selection that you would find at a German sports venue. Frites, Frankfurters and beer are the norm with separate stalls selling sweets and popcorn. A Frankfurter sells for about 3 Euro and, as with most top level stadiums in Europe, has to be purchased with a card that can be brought from one of the adjacent sellers in multiples of 5 Euro. Any amounts not spent and refunds on the plastic glasses are refunded.
The atmosphere on my first visit to the stadium was somewhat muted as the attendance for a Tuesday 5:30pm league game for live TV only mustered a crowd of 12,000. However having returned to the sold out stadium some three months later for a DFB Pokal Cup Semi-Final, the stadium was literally bouncing. The latter would be the case when the Zebras are operating in the top flight however they are not known as the German yo-yo club for nothing.
The Reisen Stadium is located within the Wedau Sports Park in the central district of the city. The neighbourhood is clean and tidy and has many bars located within a ten minute walk of the stadium.
The club has recently fallen on hard times following their relegation from the Bundesliga 1. However on the night of my last visit they reached the final of the DFB Pokal cup which is the German equivalent of the English FA Cup. The club are also handily placed for promotion at the time of writing this review.
The stadium is easily reached by car using the A3 and A59 motorways and parking is available directly outside the stadium or in any of the local side streets. The Sports Park is also well served by Bus and Tram and takes only approximately ten minutes from the city centre.
Adult tickets range from 9 to 33 Euro per game and is an excellent value for the money compared to its counterparts in the English Championship. Tickets can be easily bought from the Main Ticket Office at the stadium on a game day or over the internet via the club website.
Souvenir stalls both inside and outside the stadium and the club super store sell a wide range of goods ranging from replica kits to key rings. A club catalogue is available to browse on the website. A match day programme sells for 1 Euro and is available for every home game.
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