Only a few minutes yet until the starting whistle. You can feel it, this tingly feeling, this anticipation and this excitement. When will it finally begin? Coaches, players, fans – all are feverishly awaiting the starting whistle. And then finally it’s time: Both teams skate out, received by the roaring jubilation of the fans. On this side, the home team, the white-blue clad players of the SC Riessersee ice hockey team – on that side, the Eispiraten Crimmitschau, the ESV Kaufbeuren or the Dresdner Eislöwen.
When the arena’s announcer introduces our team, there is boundless jubilation. Every player is greeted with a loud roar by the fans. Then the starting whistle sounds and the dangerous weapons of SC Riessersee unleash their first attack. Everyone fears our team’s first 10 minutes because the white-blue clad team immediately shows in every arena who “is boss”. Every goal of the home team is naturally greeted with much adulation and correspondingly celebrated by the arena’s announcer.
Ice hockey is more than just sport in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is passion, pure emotion, an atmosphere of goose bumps and excitement which envelops everyone at the arena.
Finally, this is the home of the 10-time German Champion, SC Riessersee. The fast game of the white-blue clad players and the fabulous atmosphere repeatedly excite the fans at the Olympic Ice Sports Centre. Excitement, physical motion and action around the goal at a rapid pace make ice hockey so popular because the fastest team sport in the world knows only one direction – forwards!