Nearly 19,000,000 spectators piled into the 36 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 stadiums in 2018/19, which is the second-highest figure in history. With an average of 42,738 fans per top-flight game, it makes the Bundesliga the most popular league in Europe.
Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park boasts the highest average attendance in Europe at just under 81,000 spectators per game, while Bayern Munich’s 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena was the only stadium on the continent to sell out every league match. Twelve of the 18 top-flight clubs in 2018/19 sold out over 90 per cent of their 17 home matches, so tickets are often like gold dust. So how can you get in on the action yourself? bundesliga.com explains how you can get your hands on a Bundesliga ticket…
The most hassle-free and cost-effective method is to buy a season ticket. ‘But I don’t have thousands of Euros to spare for that!’ we hear you cry. Well there’s no need to get onto the accountant because the Bundesliga boasts some of the lowest season ticket prices in the world.
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The cheapest can be found at champions Bayern and their final Matchday rivals Wolfsburg, starting at just €145 ($165, £130). Yes do not rub your eyes, that is the cost for all 17 home Bundesliga games combined. It is less than half the price of the cheapest in the English Premier League. In fact, all season tickets in the Bundesliga for 2019/20 are cheaper than their English equivalents, with Paderborn charging the most at €225 ($256, £202).
Getting your name on a season ticket isn’t always possible though, with a number of clubs selling them out well in advance. Although it always pays to check your favourite club and see if they have any available.
Tickets for individual matches are often also available for advanced purchase, and they too are reasonably priced. Adult prices at RB Leipzig, for example, begin at €15 ($17, £13) – half that of a ‘restricted view’ ticket at a top-four English club.
These tickets are usually made available as and when the precise kick-off time and date are set, so it’s very much worth keeping an eye on the fixture list to get an idea of when to pounce and plan that trip to one of Europe’s most atmospheric stadiums.
As is also the case for any last-minute visits, perhaps you didn’t know you were going to be in town but want to take in a game while you’re there. Well fear not because almost all clubs offer a resale service.
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This is where fans who had already purchased tickets (season or for an individual match) know they cannot attend a particular game so offer to sell theirs to someone who would like to be at the game but didn’t have a ticket yet.
This method can see you strike gold, perhaps even paying below average prices for a seat (or standing position) in one of the best vantage points in the house – maybe even in Dortmund’s Yellow Wall.
But once again, you need to act fast here. These tickets appear and disappear very quickly as men are reminded they in fact have a wedding to attend on the day of the big game and other interested souls swoop in to take advantage of those poor individuals having to watch the match in secret on their phone at the reception.
The best part about these methods (besides the price) is that they are all completely official and administered by the clubs. They are not out to con fans and take advantage of them. It means they are the safest ways to gain access to a Bundesliga match, avoiding being ripped off by unofficial (and often illegal) external resale services.
So take a look at the newly released fixture list for 2019/20, crosscheck with your calendar and mates and see when you can make a visit for an experience of a lifetime.
Direct links to individual club’s ticket sites can be found under the ‘Clubs’ tab on bundesliga.com or via the links below (some only available in German).
Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena)
Borussia Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park)
RB Leipzig (Red Bull Arena)
Bayer Leverkusen (BayArena)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park)
Wolfsburg (Volkswagen Arena)
Eintracht Frankfurt (Commerzbank-Arena)
Werder Bremen (Wohninvest Weserstadion)
Hoffenheim (PreZero Arena)
Fortuna Düsseldorf (Merkur Spielarena)
Hertha Berlin (Olympiastadion)
Mainz (Opel Arena)
Augsburg (WWK Arena)
Union Berlin (Stadion An der Alten Försterei)