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Frankfurt kicked-off the Word Cup with its fantastic SkyArena
Posted by Arne Hess - at Monday, 05.06.06 - 18:17:36 CET under Off Topic - Viewed 11563x

Not sure if you have seen it in your local TV too but tonight you might have the last chance to watch it again. Last Saturday, Frankfurt am Main kicked-off the this year's FIFA World Cup in the Frankfurt night sky. The SkyArena, a multivisual show on the façades of the Frankfurt skyline, set the mood on Saturday night for the World Cup in Germany. Amongst the celebrity guests were numerous football stars and former World Cup winners, including Franz Beckenbauer, who was clearly thrilled by the spectacle.

Several hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world watched on in admiration, cheering Frankfurt's World Cup overture. A number of bridges had to be closed due the crowds and the public squares in the city centre were just a mass of people.

"That was pure emotion – as an artistic, multimedia presentation of the history and passion of football there's no topping that", was the unanimous reaction of the world stars on the banks of the Main.

Amongst these was Jürgen Grabowski, World Cup winner in 1974, who was clearly moved when he saw the pictures of his legendary World Cup games projected on the city skyline.

"Congratulations to your city", was the message of praise for Lord Mayor Petra Roth from hundreds of media representatives. "Only Frankfurt, with its unique skyscraper panorama along the Main, could have put on such a show".

Even while national ARD's live broadcast was still being aired, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) received requests to take the pictures from broadcasters in over 100 countries. In the weeks prior to the event, professional rock climbers had covered the skyscrapers in huge screens. Now, 40 high-power projectors conjured up an exciting panorama of the international football world on the outer walls of the towering buildings. Great moments from football history alternated with pictures of world stars and scenes from legendary games. The music, composed especially for the show, was played by a huge orchestra and simultaneously broadcast by a local radio station. Even people watching the spectacle from miles away were thus able to follow the musical accompaniment live on the radio.

"Through the SkyArena, Frankfurt has now set the tone for the World Cup", said Lord Mayor Petra Roth after the show. "If the entire tournament is equally impressive, creative and cheerful, then our visitors are going to take away very good memories of our country. The overture has been a success, now we all await the whistle to start the first act."

No question, this was a fantastic show and I'm pretty sad that I didn't made it to Frankfurt this weekend but next weekend only. Nevertheless, I'm pretty proud about my "hometown" Frankfurt am Main! Well done guys!

Cheers ~ Arne

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