VfB Oldenburg suffered a bitter defeat at their first away home game in Hanover. In the basement duel of the 3rd football league, the Lower Saxony had to admit defeat to Halleschen FC 0:1 (0:0) on Monday evening. The Oldenburgs are only one point ahead of the HFC in the table, where the new coach Sreto Ristic celebrated a perfect debut. The SV Meppen fell back to last place in the table due to the result.

VfB was also unable to use an hour-long advantage after guest player Aljaz Casar saw a yellow-red card in the 29th minute. Instead, Niklas Kreuzer used a penalty kick six minutes after the break to score the winning goal for Halle.

Before the season, VfB had to specify the arena of the second division club Hannover 96 as an alternative stadium in order to even get a license for the third division from the German Football Association. Due to its proximity to a motorway, the Oldenburg Stadium does not have floodlights, so evening games are not permitted. During afternoon games, a mobile system is set up and dismantled for each game.

The move to Hanover was associated with a number of organizational challenges for the Oldenburg team. With the help of sponsors, the VfB supporters were driven around 175 kilometers from Oldenburg to Hanover in buses free of charge in order to keep traffic volume as low as possible in times of the climate crisis. On Monday evening, a total of 1,800 fans gathered in the 50,000-seat arena.

Information on the club website