Reason for football fans to rejoice: to mark VfB’s 125th birthday, there will be a stadium atmosphere at the Mercedes-Benz Museum from 9 September. The view from the grandstand built up at the exhibition will not be onto the pitch, but onto key events from the club’s history, brought to life by multimedia. Moving images in more than the one sense: entirely in keeping with VfB, the “Verein für Bewegungsspiele (Association for Active Games) Stuttgart 1893 e.V.”.
Over 100 exhibits at the special exhibition in the Mercedes-Benz Museum will showcase the club’s history. Cups, championship trophies, jerseys, football boots, pennants and player awards, photos and entrance tickets as well as exciting original documents. Even hard hats used during the transformation of the stadium into the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be on display. In this way, a 125-year tradition will be brought to life with a wealth of history and stories.
The VfB archive has picked out numerous exhibits that visitors can get very close to at the special exhibition. Other examples include a silver laurel leaf that was presented to the team for winning the German Championship in 1950, quite inconspicuous on velvet in its original case. Or the match ball from the final game of the 1952 German Championship with the signatures of the team, donated by Otto Baitinger, who scored twice that day. The football boots of Daniel Didavi will also be on view. They are the ones he wore in 2015, when the midfielder used his left foot to score one of the two crucial goals that saved the club from relegation. However, the special exhibition focuses not only on the sport of football. After all, VfB also covers other sports. In addition to its football section, the club also offers fistball, hockey, athletics and table tennis.
The VfB special exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum shows that the brand and the club have been working closely and amicably together for many years. The name of the stadium is an expression of this, while, of course, the players are driven to their away games in the Mercedes-Benz team bus. The automotive brand and the team are also inseparably linked on the motorcades through Stuttgart to mark VfB’s great footballing successes: the team is always under the sign of the star. That’s also why the special exhibition is rounded off by, among other things, Mercedes-Benz vehicles from the championship years of VfB Stuttgart in 1950, 1952, 1984, 1992 and 2007. More information is available at www.mercedes-benz.com/vfb.
A season ticket, valid from 9 September 2018 until 2 April 2019, is available for the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the special exhibition “On the move since 1893”. Limited to 1,893 tickets, it costs 25 euros (only 18.93 euros for VfB members and season ticket holders – proof of season ticket or membership card required). Available from the VfB Fan Centre, at shop.vfb.de or from the Mercedes-Benz Museum ticket office.
Source: Mercedes-Benz Museum