When we travel to new places we like to try and get involved as much as we can and look for experiences which allow us to see something beyond just the sights. We are also massive football fans, Nic being an Arsenal fan and Shorty a Liverpool fan so getting to see a stadium or even better a game is always exciting!
Football (Soccer) games in Eastern Europe have a reputation for being loud and intense and Wisla Krakow have some notorious “Ultras” so we knew this would be a game to remember!!
I had done a bit of research before setting off and knew there was a game on the Saturday but couldn’t really find much information about how to book tickets online. When we arrived we asked the hostel receptionist if she knew and it turns out her cousin was a season ticket holder so she rang up and told us you have to buy a ticket from the stadium.
Turns out Wisla Krakow have a system where you have to be a member to buy tickets. It appears to be a bit of a hassle at first but it means your ticket can only be used by you meaning selling it or stealing it is pointless, which is actually a great idea! We decided to head over a couple of days before to make sure we had enough time to get it sorted.
The stadium, named “Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana” is located not too far from Old town and can we walked from the main square in around 20 mins.
We took tram 20 (Green line) in the direction of “Cichy Kącik” and got off at the second to last stop “Reymana” which which takes about 10mins.
We headed to the “Fan Corner” and up to the second level to get our “Fan Cards”. The process is pretty simple, you just have to fill in a form and head over to the counters. You will need to bring some form of ID along with you, we used our Drivers Licences. This will cost you 10ZL which is only £1.89 ($2.96) so not expensive at all.
The whole crowd then rose for a rousing rendition of Wisla Krakow’s anthem: “Jak dlugo na Wawelu” (How Long The Castle) as the teams took to the pitch.
We found out that Slask Wroclaw, the team Wisla were playing, are actually friends with Wisla and as such the away end was empty and all the fans were together in one stand making the atmosphere pretty amazing and not as intimidating as we imagined!
If you get the chance to see a Wisla game or any other in Eastern Europe you will not be let down, although research the game before and take care! It’s great to go somewhere and be surrounded by real, local going about their lives and see something different of the city!