Team Germany will play in yellow jerseys. Looks like the DEB is definitely trying to make something special out of the game. It will be awesome to see this crowd at a hockey game in Germany. But in September it will be back to normal and there will be 76,000 people watching the DEL games the entire season altogether :-P
Gelsenkirchen nails it with perfect indoor-outdoor game
GELSENKIRCHEN – Welcome to the future. The future is now. Gelsenkirchen has put on a show for the ages, one that should become an annual event. American college had its “Cold War”. The NHL has its “Winter Classic”. So why not a “Championship Challenge” every year to kick off the IIHF World Championship[...]
What was so great about tonight’s game? Big picture answer: everything. But let’s look at a few details.
Appearances. The people here in Gelsenkirchen had fans around the rails, filling in the usual dead space of a football field between the playing area and the stadium seating. When you walk into Gelsenkirchen for the first time and look around, you really have no idea you’re in a football stadium. And, there are no kilometres of tubes and ice freezing equipment all around the field. There are no play areas, no distracting, smaller patches of ice for kids, no loitering stadium employees. Just like a typical arena, it’s all ice and fans.[...]
Sightlines. From the media tribune, near the back of the seating area, sightlines were excellent. In fact, there didn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house. There were no obstructed views from afar (though likely there were some closer to the action). What Gelsenkirchen shows is that you CAN have more than 50,000 fans for a hockey game without sacrificing the quality of the experience compared to a traditional 20,000-seat arena.[...]
And if anyone from the Toronto Maple Leafs executive was at the game tonight, he’d be drooling right now. Imagine building a palace specifically for hockey that seats 50,000![...]