The Lokomotive Leipzig sells tickets for an invisible match to survive the coronavirus

first_img“On May 8 the Lokomotive Leipzig will receive an invisible rival and we sell symbolic and virtual tickets for that day,” explains the club in its promotional information. His stadium has had a maximum influx of 4,598 spectators this year in a match against Energie Cottbus. The average of his earnings per day is about 30,000 euros. Now he sells virtual tickets for one euro and he is close to his goal, which is to get the best assistance ever for his stadium, even if it is virtual. The campaign started on March 19 and to date has already raised 113,000 euros, when its goal is 120,000. That is the best entrance that the stadium hosted in its entire history, it was in 1987 in the Recopa match against Bordeaux. “The money will be used to keep the club running, we have 300 youth players, you have to pay the staff and take care of the facilities,” explain the managers of the Lokomotive Leipzig on the BBC, how far this curious initiative has gone. What they still have not pledged is what that “invisible party” will consist of, although they anticipate things. “There will be a live broadcast from the stadium, the lights will go on and our internet radio commentators will narrate the game, we cannot say anything more,” spokesmen for the Lokomotive Leipzig told the BBC. The coronavirus crisis also plagues football. If powerful clubs are forced to take drastic measures to maintain their condition and survive the crisis, what will not have to do the most modest. In this sense, the history of the Lokomotive Leipzig is striking these days in Germany. A very modest fourth division who lived his great moment in 1987, when he reached the final of the Recopa, falling to Ajax for a Van Basten goal. Now he survives as best he can and the coronavirus has cut off his only chance of income. Soccer is stopped, but minds continue to think. Thus, the managers of the yellow and blue club of Saxony have designed an initiative that is already a complete success. They announced the broadcast of an “invisible” game streaming from their field, the Bruno-Plache-Stadion.last_img