Ingolstadt v Hannover in the DEL - the German elite league. Early season - 1 October - but 5th in the league against 6th, and Hannover have won the league the last 2 seasons.
It was my first visit to the arena - holds about 5,000 but the attendance was about 3,500 for this game. Enough to make a good atmosphere, and it’s probably electric for a local derby against the likes of Straubing or Augsburg. Or Munich or Nürnberg. Quite a few to savour!
Seats were €35 each - right on the red line opposite the team benches, about halfway up from the plexi. Perfect, actually.
Like the other German arena I’ve been to (the old Berlin one) and the 2 Swiss I’ve seen (Geneva & Lausanne) there are standing areas at each end. That’s where the noise comes from.
The Panthers (home team) won a tight game by 3-0. Their last was an empty net goal as Hannover pushed to save the game. Panthers dominated throughout, and it was the Scorpions‘ netminder who kept them in it. They played like a team which had spent the day on the bus from the north!
I liked the Panthers‘ style - a fast European passing game, in spite of having so many Canadians in the side.
It’s a 10 year old arena, so warm, comfortable and plenty facilities. Beer and food! Parking in the arena’s lot was €2 and the car was still there in 1 piece at the end. It was surprisingly quick to get out and onto the ring road.
Great night. Hope to be back soon.
UPDATE! (Nov 13)
Now a regular fan!
Equipment: Cash, for beer and food plus maybe the fanshop (if you want a souvenir).
Warm clothes - it's a modern arena, so not very cold, but still...
During my April 13 visit to the city, I cycled over to Neuburg a d Donau from Ingolstadt. 24km each way. Took me 1.75 hrs, plus a couple of water breaks along the way.
There’s an excellent cycle path all the way, following the Donau on the north bank. No traffic... I’m told it gets pretty busy “in season” but not a problem in April.
It’s part of the Danube Bike Trail, which begins in Donauschingen and ends at the Black Sea - a total of 2875km.
Fresh air, exercise, peace & quiet.
Equipment: A bike...
But seriously... water is important. There is nothing along those 24km.
The city has a typical German “Bad” - swimming pool come spa. We went on 25-12 - yes, Christmas Day. In Germany Christmas is on 24-12 and most things are open for business as usual on 25-12 (slightly complicated by the fact that 25-12 was a Sunday in 2011, and the shops are all shut on Sunday in Germany).
But I digress...
The Bad was not too busy, which was a relief. I hate the swarms of screaming, badly behaved sprogs in these places.
We had an hour of swimming & steam etc baths. A salt water jacuzzi. A Roman steam room. A salt & colour therapy room (new to me!). One to simulate the therapeutic effect of the air in underground salt mines (next stop, Siberia).
For me the highlight was the heated outdoor pool. Great to be swimming in warm water when the air is only 4°C. That pool also has a jacuzzi area.
Refreshing and fun.
It was about €10 each for 2 hours. Not cheap, but worth it.
Equipment: The usual...
Ingolstadt has some nice places to run. No hills (unless you think a bridge is a hill).
Hindenburg park-- a greenbelt that circles the city, just outside the old wall. There's a very nice path most of the way around (it kind of fizzles out in the eastern quadrant, just north of the Danube). If you circle the city and cross the Danube at the foot bridge by the castle and run along the south side of the river you'll run between 5 and 6km.
Another nice run is to the west of town. Start on the north side of the Danube and run west under the Glacisbrüke (the big bridge to the west of the Altstadt with the wavy sidewalks that old people have to push their bikes up because the waves are too steep, also known to locals who've lived in Ingolstadt longer than me as "the new bridge."). Just after you pass (west) under the Glacisbrüke, a dirt trail branches to the left. Follow that and you'll end up on a nice dirt single track trail along the Danube. You'd think you were miles from civilization. Until you get to the dam anyway. You can cross south over the dam and follow a nice trail on the south side of the river back to the Glacisbrüke. I don't know the distance--maybe 3 or 4 km round trip.
If you want to run farther, start at the same place above, except instead of returning at the dam, you can continue running along the river to probably Austria, or veer right about a kilometer from the dam and run around the Baggersee. I dont know the distance around--maybe 5km?
Equipment: Running store: http://www.sport-in.net/_sportin/home.asp
It seems that most cities have marathons and half marathons. Ingolstadt is no exception:
A highlight of the running calendar in southern Germany, with some 4,000 participants and around 20,000 enthusiastic spectators (of which I have been one). The route leads through the old town and the nearby recreation areas and don't forget to join in the pasta party afterwards, where there is always a festive atmosphere.