Great experience despite defeat

Tipico competition provides four lucky winners with a HSV all-inclusive match day

On Saturday, Tipico Sportwetten took four happy winners to the Volksparkstadion of Hamburger SV. They had previously won a stadium tour, a meet and greet with HSV professional Ivica Olic, and of course the best view from the Tipico box at the home match against SV Darmstadt 98 in a competition on the club’s website.

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The day started with a tour of the Volksparkstadium, modernised as recently as 2012, where the winners got an exclusive look behind the scenes of their favourite team. This included areas usually off limits for ordinary visitors. E.g. the HSV fans were allowed into the changing rooms where the kits for the match against Darmstadt were already prepared. In addition, they could take a sit on the chairs of the media room usually used by the coach to answer post-match questions. Finally, they entered the pitch through the players’ tunnel just like the pros only to feel like a real head coach when taking their seat in the dugout.

The four winners followed the match itself exclusively from the Tipico box. Despite the unfortunate 1:2 against Darmstadt their hearts were in their mouths when HSV striker Ivica Olic paid them a visit in the box after the final whistle. The centre forward willingly fulfilled every request for an autograph and smiled in countless cameras for souvenir photos. Despite the HSV defeat our four winners seemed trying to out-smile each other.