I’ve been numerous times to the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany – as a visitor in the Ostkurve. Used to the washed concrete on the first level used by the masses. This time we came here on a Sunday morning to take a guided tour and together with the greenkeeper we were the only people inside the stadium; a unique atmosphere.
The tour always starts at gate two and begins with the changing room of the guest team, including the sanitary facilities and the office of the coach. It continues to the mixed zone (the home locker room cannot be visited) and the press conference room where we took some nice pictures.
After visiting the referees’ office you get through the player’s tunnel to the green. The goals and the ball catching nets were detached and on the field large lamps supported the growth of the grass. This new perspective on the stadium was quite stunning for me and I was happy to sit in the seat of our headcoach.
From there the tour leads through the press area to the old VIP sections – which can be designed by the companies renting them – and they look sometimes pretty old-fashioned. Not only those rich and well-known companies have their own section; something I didn’t expect.
On the other side of the stadium the VIP sections of big sponsors like Volkswagen are located and they are modern and clean – a huge contrast to the sections I know. After 80 minutes the tour ended at the Wuseum, the Werder Bremen museum.
A really interesting tour for me – but too exhausting for our five year old companion. At least he will remember the moment he was giving a press conference and sitting on the players bench facing the field at the Weserstadium forever.