The football summer is back! Right on time for the 2018 World Cup, many locations in Mannheim are inviting spectators and fans to join in the excitement. Whether on the riverbank, in beer gardens and cafés or in the ice rink – the public viewing opportunities on offer in Mannheim ensure that all football fans will get their money’s worth.
Experience a true stadium sensation in the “Alte Eisstadion” (Old Ice Stadium). Not far from Mannheim Baroque Palace, up to 5,000 fans gather here during European and World Championships to get up close to the action. And it works. One Mexican wave follows another in front of the 36m² LED screen, transforming major sporting events into visual highlights. On site, Mannheim’s very own Eichbaum brewery is on hand to quench your thirst with well-chilled beverages, and there are plenty of tempting treats from the grill to enjoy too. A special bonus is provided by Udo Scholz, stadium announcer of the Adler Mannheim ice hockey team, who will be providing additional commentary on the action and will be your host on World Cup evenings. Even if the weather doesn’t play ball, you will definitely stay dry inside the covered stadium.
Stretch out under the palm trees, bury your toes in the sand and watch all the goals from a deckchair – at the OEG City Beach, you can leave the bustle of city life behind you and relax with a cocktail. Caribbean flair in the city of squares feels like a pure holiday paradise. The big screen on which all World Cup matches will be broadcast for you under the Mannheim summer sky is roughly 5 metres wide and 3 metres high. The OEG City Beach also leaves nothing to be desired in terms of refreshment. From fresh salads and the local “tartes flambées” to juicy burgers, curry sausage or escalopes, hungry fans have plenty of choice. And while the teams battle it out on the pitch, this location directly on the banks of the Neckar scores with the most beautiful sunsets in the city.
Football fever is the name of game on the other side of the River Neckar too. Although the red and white striped gates of the “Alte Feuerwache” (Old Fire Station) attract regular attention from the outside, during the World Cup month you’re free to wave your favourite flag inside. Here, where people usually come to enjoy concerts, readings and parties, all of Germany’s games will be broadcast live and in colour on the large screen in the big hall. Fans of other international teams are more than welcome too. You can cheer on your own side in the cosy café bar, which is located on the ground floor of the south tower of the Alte Feuerwache.
Another traditional address for public viewing fans in Mannheim is definitely the Lindbergh Restaurant with its Blue Tower event room, which sits perched above Mannheim City Airport. Football and World Cup fans have gathered here for over 20 years, not just to watch the aircraft take off and land in a unique ambience but also to cheer on their favourite teams. With two outdoor screens, a screen in the Blue Tower and an additional screen in the restaurant during Germany games, you won’t miss a moment of the action.