Fußball ist kein Tennis
January 2, 2012 3:33 PM Subscribe
posted by hoyland (9 comments total)
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During the month of December, 1. FC Union Berlin raised money to finance a new stand in its stadium by selling shares in the stadium to fans
, under the slogan We're selling our soul. But not to just anyone!
(YT--German). This is the second phase of renovation at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, to bring it up to 2. Bundesliga standards. Much of the work on the first phase was done by the fans themselves
Offering stock in the stadium is considered unusual. However, unlike in, say, the NFL (aside from the Packers, previously
), German clubs are typically member-owned, courtesy of the Fifty plus one rule
*The exceptions are Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg, due to traditional ownership by Bayer and Volkswagen, respectively.