In Germany they just seem to do the match day experience better than anyone else and the Esprit Arena is no different! Attended the Fortuna vs Stuttgart game, the arena is huge and incredibly modern holding approx 55k. It was essentially full for this game and the atmos was fantastic... This can sometimes get lost in European stadiums when compared to British ones due to the pitch being quite far away from the stands, but this doesn't seem to happen here - it maybe because the stadium is quite square and inclosed it seems to hold in the noise.
Like all Bundesliga games the facilities are great, with proper pints (or 500ml as in Europe) of the delicious Dusseldorf Alt beer and proper bratwurst that you can take to your seat rather than a warm bottle of disgusting Carlsberg and hotdog that's been lying in boiled water for £10... The only minor note is getting to/from the ground, it takes longer than it should on the tram and it gets incredibly busy - also on the way back there is a constant flow of trams but there was a big crush to get on. If you are taking young children to the game I would suggest hanging back and letting the crowd die down a bit.
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