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Great way to get the season started

This has never happened before in German basketball; Professionals against amateurs, the 'Audi Dome All-stars' against FC Bayern Basketball. This was the highlight of the first 'Fan Day’ in west Munich’s Audi Dome. It was the first time Bayern have run out in front of their home crowd, and the result itself, a 83-24 victory for Bayern, was a mere side note. Much more important was the enjoyment factor, and the 3,000 Euros which was raised in aid of the Munich children and youth support project 'Artist for Kids'.

"You only have to have a quick glance around to see that everyone here will go home with a smile on their face," noted the former Bayern captain Steffen Hamann. Hamann took on the role of head coach for the Audi Dome All-Stars team, which he helped to assemble through a trial process at the end of May. The coaching duel between Hamann and Svetislav Pesic was an interesting one but had an unsurprising result. "They didn’t give us anything," said Hamann after the game. There was plenty of high praise for his team though. "The boys and girls were very good," claimed FCBB stalwart Dusko Savanovic after the game.

A real talking point for the 1,100 spectators in the Audi Dome was the home debuts of the new arrivals, with K.C Rivers particularly being hotly anticipated. They were given plenty of opportunity to enjoy themselves prior to the start of the game too. A beer garden, Bobby car races, a bouncy castle, and game consoles – the options were endless. There was one clear feeling while all this was going on: the joy of being back. It’s not just the players who are looking forward to the new season, as the fans were unanimous: "It is time for everything to get going again."