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Climate-Friendly Travel for EHF EURO 2024 Ensured by DB, DHB, and EHF Partnership

Climate-Friendly Travel for EHF EURO 2024 Ensured by DB, DHB, and EHF Partnership
photo: DB AG/Climate-Friendly Travel for EHF EURO 2024 Ensured by DB, DHB, and EHF Partnership
14 / 05 / 2023

DB, DHB and EHF sent the Handball ICE on its journey through Germany as an ambassador of the sustainable European Men's Handball Championship in January 2024. The mobility partnership between DB and the handball federations ensures climate-friendly travel for all 24 national teams, the delegations, officials and fans to the six venues in Germany. The EHF EURO 2024 will take place from 10 to 28 January 2024 in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, Mannheim and Munich.

With the cooperation of DB, DHB and EHF, the partners are making major sporting events with several hundred thousand visitors more sustainable.

DB Passenger Transport Board Member Michael Peterson, national coach Alfred Gislason, Mark Schober as Chairman of the DHB, Martin Hausleitner, General Secretary of the EHF, and Stefanie Berk, Head of Marketing and Sales at DB Fernverkehr, are looking forward to welcoming the national teams and as many fans as possible as sponsors of the EHF EURO 2024 ICE.

Michael Peterson: "For major events, climate neutrality is no longer an optional extra, but clearly a must. As a climate-friendly mobility partner of the German Handball Federation and the European Handball Federation, we are pleased to jointly make the 2024 European Handball Championship more sustainable and support the sport in its green transformation."

Since the beginning of 2023, all DHB teams have already been travelling to training camps, matches and tournaments in a climate-friendly way by rail.

"Using an ICE as a handball ambassador for the EHF EURO 2024 is more than a symbol," says Mark Schober, CEO of the German Handball Federation. "For teams, officials and fans from home and abroad, we want to use the railway infrastructure to be able to act even more consistently in an ecologically sustainable manner. It is a very attractive option, as the large arenas are climate-friendly and conveniently accessible for handball fans. This way, we can reduce the tournament's ecological footprint caused by journeys to and between the venues. For the German Handball Federation, this is another big step towards ecological sustainability."

EHF General Secretary Martin Hausleitner: "Sustainability is a significant part of our master plan for European handball. Reducing the environmental impact of EHF events is one of our highest goals in this respect. Our partnership with Deutsche Bahn and the opportunities for climate-friendly travel available to teams, officials and fans underlines this. And we are delighted that the Handball ICE for the EHF EURO 2024 will be an additional ambassador travelling through Germany from today."

Exclusive rail tickets to the venues for handball fans

Stefanie Berk, DB Fernverkehr: "From October, Deutsche Bahn will be offering all fans an exclusive rail ticket to the venues. We are already looking forward to being a good host to all handball players and fans on board our trains."

Day tickets for the European Handball Championship matches will go on sale at the end of May. Ticket holders will then be informed about how to book the exclusive rail tickets.

World record attempt on 10 January in Düsseldorf

The launch of the handball ICE was also accompanied by the captain of the women's national team, Alina Grijseels and national player Timo Kastening, who, together with national coach Alfred Gislason, took an optimistic look at the biggest handball competition since the World Championship in Germany in 2019. They are especially looking forward to the world record attempt for the best-attended handball match ever on the opening day in Düsseldorf, where more than 50,000 handball fans are expected to attend.

Source: Deutsche Bahn