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Frankfurt is a very special city. I am not just saying that because I gave my heart away to this little cosmopolitan gem long ago. I have always compared Frankfurt to a diamond in the rough. It might look a bit tough from the outside, but once you have penetrated the hard layers, there is a bright and unmistakable shine, which no other city has. A unique glow that is distinctive only to our little treasure.
Our city is highlighted with skyscrapers, which look like a string of glowing pearls hypnotizing the night sky. My absolute favorite part of the city is our very own Alte Oper, where the magic happens. This grandiose building has seen many cultural happenings in its time and therefore is the perfect location for the glamorous Sportpresseball. The excitement begins already in the summer, when the ladies start looking for breathtaking ball dresses. There is an unspoken feeling of thrill – a rush – of who will be the fairest one of all? There are many mirrors, mirrors on the wall – at this enchanting ball of all!
The Sportpresseball takes place in November of each year, always bringing new surprises. This year the prestigious Pegasos award is given to Reinhold Messner, for being the “Legend of Sport” with his unparalleled mountain climbing achievements. Germany’s beloved dancer, Motsi Mabuse will grace the dance floor with her magnificent skills and open the show with a special performance with her husband. The long awaited surprise has been finally revealed! When the clock strikes midnight, the famous Anastacia will rock the stage with her top hits – bringing us the magical “Cinderella-at-the-Ball” effect – at its finest.
Being the true Frankfurt patriot that I am, I have attended the Sportpresseball every year since I moved from Toronto to Germany. Over the years, my dresses have ranged from a low cut turquoise Cavalli creation, to Frankfurt’s Ollendiek – evil queen design, and even an extravagant Asian dragon concoction. As a true fashion victim, I start planning my dress choices already at the beginning of the year. Yes I know, this sounds very dramatic, but you have to be at the Sportpresseball to understand why! There is so much glamour that evening: the elegant red carpet, many celebrities, VIPs, sport stars, politicians, fans, press and more – and everyone looks so damn fabulous. There is a hype as to who will wear what – and we Frankfurters always welcome a friendly fashion competition.
A few years ago we sat beside Lothar Matthäus, who explained the football game process to us ladies. I pretended I didn’t know much about the “game”, to see which juicy stories might be told throughout the evening. At the end I admitted to him that I am a die-hard Eintracht Frankfurt fan and you can imagine what his reaction was like. Absolutely priceless! I am very happy that Eintracht is the premium partner of the Sportpresseball this year, because all the guests will receive limited edition scarves with the ball and team logo. I will wear mine the entire year! #nurdiesge
What I also love about this ball are the fun entertainment activities. Selected companies display their brands and people have a chance to win many goodies. A few years ago, I went home with two bags filled with prizes. Somehow I got really lucky that year. We will see if “Lady Luck” will be at my side this year as well.
The metropress agency confirmed that there will be a tombola with prizes ranging from 1.000€ to 40.000€ – which is a fast Golf GTE. I don’t mind going home at the end of the night with this handsome VW. Have I already mentioned that all the drinks are included in the ticket price – champagne as well! There will also be a club lounge set up for the after party by Hugo’s at the top floor. I will bring my highest and lowest heels, because it will be a long and fun evening. I am really excited because in my opinion, this is among the finest that our city has to offer and this event attracts people from all over the world. This is our chance as Frankfurters to show the world what we are about – not only a top financial hub and cool creatives, but also glamour at its best!
If you are curious and want to see what’s happening live at the Sportpresseball on November 4th, take a look at my Instagram channel. I will be posting many live stories from the pre-ball VIP cocktail event at Sofitel, behind-the-scenes, red carpet, dinner, the presenters and winners, the amazing entertainment and shows, the after party and much more!
My live Instagram feed: www.instagram.com/galiabrener
You can buy Sportpresseball tickets here: www.deutscher-sportpresseball.de/tickets
The anticipation grows… I’m looking forward to see you on November 4th my dears and let’s rock the city together!