Friday, September 13th, 2013
Swiss daily Blick have published a eye-grabbing article on Friday of FC Luzern’s attempts to raise crowds at their home games.
Luzern have started the season in decent form with three wins and two draws in their opening five matches, but the club’s chief investor, 68-year-old Bernard Alpstaeg is still unhappy with the size of the crowds at the Swissporarena Stadium.
Looking to swell the numbers, Alpstaeg has a simple idea: get go-go girls to perform at their home games in a pre-match show.
Alpstaeg told Blick:
It is going well [this season]. Alex Frei [Director of Sport] and Vladimir Kinder [manager] do a super job. We have a great team. FCL inspires. FCL is sexy again! But we can be even more attractive!
I want a show before kick-off. Preferably scantily clad, sexy dancers to entertain fans before the game. The stadium would be full, guaranteed!
According to Blick, Alpstaeg’s proposal is more than just chat. The pensioner has issued a proposal the the Swiss Super League to find out about the viability of his plan, however the club face a roadblock as league rules state that only players and TV crews can be on the pitch in the hour before kick-off.
Edmond Isoz, the chairman of the Swiss Football League, explained: “Because we carry every game live on TV, we must adhere to a strict timetable. The countdown begins an hour before the game. The teams begin to warm up on the field about 45 minutes before kick-off. At least 10 minutes before kick-off players and referees must be in the dressing rooms. About 5 minutes before the start they gather in the players’ tunnel. Accordingly there is no time and no space for these shows”.
A copy of the article from the Swiss paper Blick is below.