Franz Siegel Halle Freiburg
Franz Siegel Halle
in Freiburg: the history
history of hockey in Freiburg can only be described as a constant up and
down: just as many times as the team seemed to make huge steps forward the
team fell back to the ground again. The higher they played, the deeper
they fell. In the 60s the team had to merge with the WSV Titisee out of
financial reasons, but was able to attract public support in the 70s when
the arena of the team received its first permanent roofing. Even though
the merger of the two teams fell apart later on, Freiburg`s team was able
to make it back to the 2nd division (2. Bundesliga) in 1977 and even
advanced to the first league two years later under the control of Tibor
Vozar, the coach at that time. After one season the team went down again
after finishing last in the standings. In 83/84 the team played in the
first division again, seemed to be better prepared and finished on a
surprisingly good 6th position at the end of the regular season, in which
defeats of the champion Landshut and the runner-up Mannheim were
highlights many people still remember today. But, as fans were already
used to, troubles were not far away and the team went bankrupt at the
conclusion of its best season ever.
happened for a whole year, until the EHC Freiburg was founded by former
supporters of the now bankrupt predecessor. Loaded with tons of enthusiasm
the new team shot out of the gate and was immediately granted a spot in
the 2. Bundesliga. Carried by the emotions surrounding the team Freiburg
attracted more than 100.000 fans and made it to the top of the standings.
The team continued to be successful and barely missed the advancement to
the first division again in 86/87, but fans only had to wait one more year
until Freiburg advanced in 1988.
time around the team didn’t risk its existence by risky acquisitions as
it had happened years before when Freiburg established itself in the first
division for the first time. Based on good management the team got better
and better and qualified for the playoffs in 1991/1992, until, once again,
financial problems led to new pains among fans of Freiburg.
started off again in the fourth division, advanced immediately and
attracted average crowds of 3.300 fans. Even though fans never knew what
kind of hardships awaitened them, they stood to their team, no matter
where it ended up. The team also accumulated 44:0 points during this
successful season and returned to the 2nd division a year later. Back in
the 2nd division Freiburg made the playoffs from 1995/1996 on but always
failed to win the title. Trouble started to brew in 20001/2002, when the
team just avoided dropping down to the third division again. Wins in the
following relegation games saved Freiburg`s 2nd division existance and, to
show once again how lows always seem to be followed by ups in Freiburg`s
hockey-history, just a year later the team advanced to the first division,
the DEL, after capturing the title of the 2nd division. Currently, as of
December 2003, Freiburg is last in the standings in the DEL, the first
division, but history shows that everything can happen, at least when it
concerns Freiburg and hockey.
building was constructed by the ERC (the club that went bankrupt in the
early 80s). In the 70s the building, with a capacity of about 4.000, got
its first roof, and seven years later the capacity was increased to 5.500
1982 the ERC had to sell the arena, but just three years later the city
transferred the rights of the arena to Freiburg's new team, the one still
in business today. A lot of money for renovations has never been available
since, and many helpers worked for free in order to keep the building
playable. Major renovations are not possible as the roof is listed as a
historic monument, but I think it wouldn’t be a problem to raise the
capacity by another 2.000 if the south end would be build as the north end
is at the moment. But with no money at hand and no funds from the city,
which only seems to have money available for the SC Freiburg, Freiburgs
soccer club, no changes will occur in the foreseeable future.
Coming from the autobahn "A5" you have to
take the exit "Freiburg-Mitte", from there on you have to follow
the ongoing road until you reach an exist called "Bischofslinde/ Sportzentrum West"
. From here on you follow the signs leading to the
"Sportzentrum West", where he arena is located. Succifient
parking is available at the arena.
Bus number 10 takes you from the "Siegesdenkmal" to the stop "Berliner Allee", from where you should be able to see the arena.
Upon your arrival at the main station, walk to the bus-stop "Fahnenbergplatz" (approximatly 3 minutes). Bus number 10 takes you from the " Siegesdenkmal" to the stop "Berliner Allee", from where you should be able to see the arena.
Links to the team:
http://www.ehcf.de (offizielle Homepage des Vereins)