Forward of Saturday’s match in opposition to RB Leipzig, Union supporters held up placards of deceased family members with the inscription “Endlich dabei” (Lastly there).
The deceased have been even counted within the official attendance. The Stadion An der Alten Försterei’s official capability is listed as 22,402, however Saturday’s attendance was recorded as 22,467.
The stadium, which is the biggest purpose-built soccer floor in Berlin, was formally opened in 1920, however has undergone a sequence of structural adjustments through the years, notably the refurbishment and roofing of the standing areas between June 2008 and July 2009.
In response to the membership’s web site, Union followers “constructed their very own stadium,” with over 2,300 volunteers offering 140,000 hours of labor time, serving to the Berlin crew save tens of millions of .
Saturday’s tribute was organized by a set of fan teams, with photographs of the departed followers raised previous to kick-off because the membership’s anthem rang out. The prices of their tickets have been paid for by supporters.
Nevertheless, Union’s introduction to the Bundesliga proved a tricky one — they have been hammered Four-Zero by Leipzig.
Final season Union completed third in German soccer’s second tier to earn a playoff in opposition to VfB Stuttgart.
Union’s subsequent two-legged victory and promotion noticed the membership change into the primary from East Berlin and the fifth from the previous East Germany to achieve passage into the Bundesliga.