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SBD Global/July 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Handball Bundesliga To Play '14-15 Opening Game At Frankfurt's Football Stadium

The Handball Bundesliga (HBL) "strikes a new path in the fight for attention and new sponsors and will play the opening game of the '14-15 in a football stadium," according to the SID. The game between defending Champions League champion HSV Hamburg and Rhein-Neckar Löwen will take place at Frankfurt's football arena on Sept. 6, 2014. The HBL announced its plans at a press conference on Thursday. Up to 50,000 people are expected to attend the game -- which would be a new world record. HSV Managing Dir Frank Rost said, "We want to push the sport with this event. In 2007, when Germany won the world championship, everybody knew about handball. I don't even want to describe how it is now." He added together we have to create a foundation "in order to keep handball attractive." The ticket sale for next year's game will start in September, and prices start at €10 ($13) (SID, 7/18).
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