In eleven days, the eagerly awaited Lower Saxony derby between Eintracht Braunschweig and Hannover 96 will take place. Ticket demand is still high for the top match of the Second Division on 6. November in Braunschweig is huge – even though the game has long been sold out.
The black market is humming. Fans are annoyed by the steep prices on online auction houses and ticket portals. Tickets on offer there. Fans can buy a seat in the east stand there for 264.30 euros. In regular sales, 33 euros would have to be paid, or rather had to be paid.
Eintracht Braunschweig has warned against purchasing tickets from Internet portals. Even though ticket holders are not prohibited from reselling their tickets, this trade carries risks. So Eintracht points out that tickets can be blocked if the General Ticket Terms and Conditions are violated.
Some supporters have come up with their own actions to counter the extortionate prices. Andrea B. for example, still had a ticket left for the coveted game. Instead of getting rich from it and selling it at a high price, she gave it away. "I wanted to do something good with the ticket," she says modestly. When she herself once looked for a ticket at short notice, she says she was shown the same fairness – that was in 2014, also before the Braunschweig-Hanover game.
The staff at the Braunschweig fan project can also tell you a thing or two about the extraordinary interest in tickets. Olaf Kraus reports twice as many inquiries as usual – even though the fan project has nothing at all to do with ticket sales.
The Braunschweig police will be out and about on match day with a large contingent in the city area to ensure security. Spokeswoman Andrea Haase explained. At the last derby, in April 2014, 3,300 state and federal police officers were deployed. In order to prevent riots by violent fans who have committed crimes around soccer matches in the past, the police have also imposed 142 so-called entry bans for parts of the city area (stadium, city center, main station), 53 of which were ied to violent 96 fans. The ban applies from 8 a.m. to midnight on match day.
The rivalry between the fan camps has a decades-old tradition. The reaction in the state capital, for example, was bitter when Eintracht – unlike the "Reds" – was chosen as one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963. Eintracht won the last derby 3-0 – but was still relegated from the Bundesliga in May 2014.