Union Berlin will play the first Champions League games in the club’s history in the unpopular Olympic Stadium of city rivals Hertha BSC. According to information from kicker, President Dirk Zingler informed the Union members of this decision in a letter on Monday.
“We decided (…) after considering many good arguments to play the Champions League games in the Olympic Stadium and the Youth League games in the stadium at the Alte Försterei,” Zingler is quoted as saying.
The decision not only brings Union significantly higher income due to the higher stadium capacity. “Basically, we have put the possibility of being able to offer all Unioners tickets for these games over the possibility of playing these games in front of a rather small group of Unioners,” explained Zingler. However, he understands the disappointment of those who would have preferred to play at the Alte Försterei.