Fortuna Düsseldorf, which plays its football in the 2. Bundesliga, will offer fans the chance to watch three league games for free as part of its ‘Fortuna for all’ initiative.
In April, the German football club called on its sponsors to help support the idea of free entry to selected games at the 54,000-capacity Merkur Spielarena.
Free admission for fans will be available against FC Kaiserslautern, FC St. Pauli and Eintracht Braunschweig this season.
Following the introduction of the ‘Fortuna for all’ scheme, Fortuna has answered a number of questions and consulted with fans, members and employees on topics such as ticketing and visiting the stadium.
The key points of ‘Fortuna for all’ also include a transparent use of funds for young talent, women’s and girls’ football, popular sports within the German city and more. The long-term goal is also to allow free admission to home games.
Chairman of the board Alexander Jobst said: “We have listened a lot in recent weeks and taken into account the criticism and ideas of many fans. We are very pleased to be able to take off with ‘Fortuna for all’ and take the next step with the pilot phase.”
The specific games were selected to feature at the start of the football season with Fortuna Düsseldorf facing FC Kaiserslautern on October 21; the middle of the season with the club playing FC St. Pauli on the weekend of January 26-28 and the end of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig during the weekend of April 5-7.