That is a bit of a bad title for people trying to start something in Vienna but this is a post that needs to be written.
Pick-up games live and die on the availability of cheap – read free- facilities – that are available to the masses. Basketball in Vienna is great as there are a lot of places in and around the city, Beach volleyball too, skating has a lot of places as well. Then we come to “the beautiful game”, the one that every bar in the city made sure that every patron was able to see a TV for fear of losing customers, Football, Soccer, Fußball, fotbol whatever you call it. This is not really catered to in the city at all. Yes there is cage football available but that is not as in demand as playing on grass, jumpers for goal posts and joy of playing on grass.
In London from the moment work, school or university finishes on a weekday in the summer, the parks are filled with people of various skill levels playing. By the end of the summer the ground though hard as a rock and as bald as Bruce Willis after a hair cut it is still flat. That is the thing that separates these parks from Prater or Donauinsel; flat, level, even surfaces. There are no sinkholes, craters etc where the ball or even a smaller player might disappear down.
Then, in a random conversation, this complaint was turned on its head as the most pristine and fantastic secret of Vienna was unveiled. The emerald paradise that is DonauPark:
It is time that this park was used for the good of Football, it is really the un appreciated gem of Vienna and hopefully the saviour of Monday night football.
If you are interested in Monday night football or more games organized in DonauPark just register at One Player Down to find out more or to create your own.