Another feature we are going to try and include on the blog is to profile the Clubs and Stadiums that make our weekends so much more entertaining. The aim is to provide a balanced view on what you should expect from a trip to these stadiums and also a brief bit of history surrounding the clubs involved.
In the first of these, we are having a look at last seasons 6th placed BerlinLiga side, 1.FC Wilmersdorf at their opening match of the season versus Stern 1900.
1.FC Wilmersdorf were formed in 1989 as a fusion between the Football divisions of Wilmersdorfer SC and SV Preussen Wilmersdorf. As a relatively new club, 1.FC Wilmersdorf have spent the majority of their 23 year existence in the lower echelons of the German Pyramid. In their modern form, Wilmersdorf’s crowning moments where their Berlin Liga victory in 1993/1994 which subsequently led to 2 seasons in the Oberliga (1994/1995 and 1995/1996) which was the 4th tier of German football at this particular time. In recent years, the club have moved between the BerlinLiga and the Landesliga and this seems to be a level that the club, and the facilities are very comfortable with.
The Sportanlage Blissestrasse an der Volkspark is located on the edge of the beautiful Volkspark Wilmersdorf. With 2 all-weather pitches, the club have the facilities in place to cope with life in the BerlinLiga and are able to accommodate up to 1000 supporters in the stadium (although, I fear this would be a step to far for the stadium!). Although the stadium is very much of the “metal fence around an artificial pitch” mould that is so common in Amateur German Football, it has a fantastic clubhouse and food facilities more than making up for the slight lack of character within the stadium. They also have Sky Sports in the bar meaning that it is always possible to watch the Bundesliga games over a cheap beer following a BerlinLiga match.
You can get there either by taking the U1 to Berliner Strasse or the U7 to Blissestrasse. Both are a short walk to the ground. Otherwise, it is possible to go to Schoeneberg S-Bahnhof and have a 30 minute walk through both Volkspark Schoeneberg and Volkspark Wilmersdorf which is highly recommended for the more active among you.
The clubhouse sells Schultheiss from the tap and a selection of other local pilseners and wheat beers are available in bottles. At €2.50 a pint, it’s hard to complain despite the obvious shortcomings of one of Berlin’s oldest brews.
A good selection of food was available from the Grill and this included Bratwurst (€1.50) and Steaks (€2.50). The club also has a very friendly clubhouse with a sizeable menu. Between us we sampled the Currywurst and Schnitzel which were both very tasty and at €6.50 each, both were definitely worth every penny.
€7 for a full paying adult, €5 for a concession, €3 for a kid