Way back when we lived in the UK, I would make a bi-monthly pilgrimage to ‘the Rec’ in Bath to watch rugby. This served two purposes, the first to get me out of the house, where I worked my nine-to-five in front of a computer, and secondly to unplug my mind from the stresses of the daily grind.
So naturally when we moved to Strasbourg, I was keen to check out the local spectator sports, to achieve much the same thing. Unfortunately the rugby team ‘Racing Strasbourg‘ are far from premiership quality, and although entertaining to watch, their stadium at Hautepierre lacks the facilities to make it a comfortable excursion – i.e. there are no seats.
When in posession of a car we have tried the Hippodrome at Hoerdt. Here at least there are seats, a bar and even a play area for kids. And although I have yet to understand how to ask for a ‘triple-reverse-accumulator’ it’s a great betting experience. The downside is that there are very few meetings throughout the year – and so you have to plan ahead.
Racing Strasbourg – the football team – have their own real stadium in Meinau, which I have yet to visit, but I am not a football fan per se. It is possibly the least entertaining sport I can think of, behind darts and snooker.
Then there is Tennis – Strasbourg hosts a professional ladies tournament every year in the run up to Roland Garros. Again I have yet to go – because it requires planning.
So if you’re in Strasbourg, and in need of some serious sporting entertainment at the weekend – then there is only one place to go – The Iceberg. L’etoile Noir (The Black Star) are Strasbourg’s Ice Hockey team. It’s fast, violent and noisy; and the booze is cheap – what more could you want from a sport?