If you are a fan of first-rate spectator sports, Hessen has much to offer. Here is a brief look at the professional sports teams.
Frankfurt's beloved football (soccer) team, Eintracht, has had its share of ups and downs. Over the past 10 years, the team has been relegated to the second division three times. In 2011, Eintracht dramatically managed once again to return to the first tier of Germany's professional football league (Bundesliga). In a country that's crazy about football - it is easily the most popular spectator and participatory sport in Germany - attending an Eintracht match is an experience you will not want to miss. The team plays in the Commerzbank Arena, a stadium that was completed as part of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Matches are attended by a true cross-section of Frankfurt - from family fathers to ultra fans. After the match, you'll often share a crowded train ride home with inebriated and overly-excited fans (depending on which team won).
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As the newest member of Frankfurt's professional sports scene, the Fraport Skyliners play in Germany's first division basketball league. Their home court is the Ballsporthalle in Hoechst, a somewhat run-down facility that can accommodate up to 4,000 spectators. For more information, check out the Skyliners on their English-language website at www.fraport-skyliners.de.
This professional bicycle race traditionally attracts the best European cycling talent and is considered one of the top events in Germany. First launched in 1961 as the Race around the Henninger Turm (sometimes called the Frankfurt Grand Prix), the event was recently re-christened Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. The race now starts in Eschborn, winds through the Taunus mountains and finishes after nearly 200 kilometers in Frankfurt. More than 3,300 racers participate in the event, ranging from top European bicycling professionals to skaters and many amateurs. The race traditionally takes place on 1 May, which is a European holiday, and is accompanied by a street festival and outdoor events.