Professional sports in Hamburg are vibrant and diverse. It seems everyone in Hamburg has an interest in them. In football, supporting either HSV or St.Pauli is a question of almost religious proportions. To date, basketball has played a less significant role. In 2014, the Hamburg Towers suddenly emerged to fill that spot. Former basketball greats Pascal Roller and Marvin Willoughby assembled a team on a tight budget that performed well during their first seasons in second division Pro A. And in just a matter of five seasons, the aim of acquiring a spot in the BBL Bundesliga became reality. Remaining in the highest league will prove tough, but with an internationally-experienced coach, a well-rounded roster and a fanatic crowd, this goal will also be achieved.
The club has a positive effect on Hamburg’s southern precinct Wilhelmsburg, being a source of inspiration and identification for urban kids and teenagers. For example, tickets for games at Edeloptics.de arena are affordable (and come with public transport!) and despite putting up a great show and an appealing entertainment programme, the international squad remains grounded. The fans are paying it back with sold-out venues on every home game. It looks like basketball in Hamburg is here to stay.
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