As its name implies the story of SV Darmstadt 98 began in 1898, but the club has rarely performed at its current high level.
Although a successful second division side for much of the 1950s and 1960s Darmstadt only managed two seasons (1978/79 and 1981/82) in the Bundesliga in the last century.
Indeed, for most of its recent past the Hessen club has been plagued by poor performances on the pitch and significant financial worries in the boardroom. As a result Darmstadt dropped through the divisions and in 2008 came within a hairsbreadth of bankruptcy. It was only thanks to last minute measures including a benefit friendly against Bayern and donations from fans that Darmstadt was able to survive.
This narrow escape gave the club the opportunity to restructure and make a fresh start and signalled the beginning of a dramatic rise through the divisions. They ended the 2010/11 season as Regionalliga Süd champions and were promoted to the 3 Liga. Three years later a third place finish and a dramatic play-off win over Armenia Bielefeld secured promotion to the second division. Unbelievably, Darmstadt finished second in their very first season at this level and gained automatic promotion to the Bundesliga.
The Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor has a capacity of 17,000.
Prices range from 15 euros (standing) to 35 euros. There is an online ticket shop. You can also contact the club by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by phone (+49 69 6151 666682)
There are regular direct trains between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. The journey takes about 15 minutes. When you arrive at Darmstadt you need to make your way from the station to “Luisenplatz” (Bus H towards “Kranichstein Kesselhutweg”). Then change to the number 9 tram towards “Böllenfalltor” and get off at “Steinberg/Stadion”.