WATCH: Augsburger fans take over Belfast ahead of European clash with Giants
The Belfast Giants are back in Champions League action tonight, but it's not the on-ice action that's grabbing all the attention so far.
Instead, it's the visiting fans from Germany who have been attracting most eyes as they have taken over the city prior to the game!
Around 800 fans of DEL side Augsburger Panther are in Belfast for tonight's game, and they all congregated in the city centre during the afternoon.
Having enjoyed themselves, as well as having gotten some pictures with the CHL trophy, which was in Belfast, they then joined together as one big group to descend on the arena.
Both @aevpanther & Giants fans teaming up to get their photos taken with @championshockey trophy @Victoria_Square ahead of tonight’s big game @SSEBelfastArena🏆🙌#WeAreGiants #ChampionsGoBeyond pic.twitter.com/c7I2LuQwIm— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 31, 2019
As you can see, they made no shortage of noise on their way over!
Boy they are loud!!! pic.twitter.com/wiEAMPrXRH— Lesley McKenzie (@jellycat1987) August 31, 2019
The Germans Are Coming pic.twitter.com/lrt8US5k5V— A View From The Bridge (@AVFTB) August 31, 2019
With doors opening at 6:30pm, all of the visiting fans were in quickly and are already generating an incredible atmosphere inside the bowl ahead of the game.
Adorned in the Panthers' traditional green and red home colours, and with several flags draped over the seats, it looks likely there will be an incredible battle between the two sets of fans!
The @aevpanther fans are here in force already, and there’s expected to be over 800 at the @SSEBelfastArena for tonight’s @championshockey game against the @BelfastGiants! #CHL pic.twitter.com/Ju6UlY6EP9— Adam McKendry (@admckendry) August 31, 2019
The Giants are aiming to make it two wins from two after their massive shock victory over Bili Tygri Liberec on Thursday night in their CHL debut.
Should they defeat Augsburger (face-off 7.30pm) then they would go two points clear at the top of Group C.
Belfast Telegraph Digital