Between training center and loss figures: The future of FC Wacker Innsbruck is to be put on track with new sponsors.
Innsbruck – When FC Wacker Innsbruck invited background talks in the past, there was always a little sobriety. Motto: We work hard, but the budget doesn’t allow for long jumps. Yesterday the situation was a little different, when entrepreneurial spirit mixed into the modest stocktaking. “In the previous season we had a plus of 70,000 euros, we can be proud”, President Gerhard Stocker opened, to mention in the same breath: “We still have to reduce our losses by 465,000 euros”. To accomplish this is a “giant challenge“.
But Stocker and his General Manager Alfred Hörtnagl prefer to look ahead: for example to the training centre project in Mieming, which is in the area dedication phase. The narrow-gauge version (€ 8.1 million) appears as a realistic basis, the deluxe version (with a skater’s place for the community etc./€ 15.6 million) as a thought model.
Alfred Hörtnagl Honours
- Austrian Football Bundesliga (5):
- 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002
- Austrian Cup (3):
- 1989, 1993, 1996
Only with three of 20 steps
Now it is about financing (grants, equity, crowdfunding, sponsors, investors) and a schedule: eight months planning, 12 to 14 months construction time. “We are only at three of 20 steps,” explains Peter Margreiter, who is responsible for the project.
Wacker’s future is also to be put on track in the near future. The already announced marketing cooperation with the renowned Swiss company Infront is intended to give the association the opportunity to establish contacts in the international sponsorship landscape. Freaky Aces is a new bright and colourful online casino and has a nice welcome bonus where on the first deposit new players can receive a 200% up to €200.
“It’s the next step to find partners outside Tyrol,” said Gerhard Stocker at yesterday’s presentation. In future, three to four people in Innsbruck will be looking for VIP and hospitality in addition to sponsors, and a 70-page contract will regulate the details of the cooperation, which will begin at the beginning of November.
The previously expressed concern that the association would have to fear for its identity in view of the marketing of all the commercial rights of the association, President Gerhard Stocker yesterday dispelled: “Everything is regulated in the association’s statutes, and we also have a right of veto with every possible conclusion.”
Stefan Krauß, Managing Director of Infront Austria, is quoted in an anointing speech: “I am delighted that we can now also count Austria among our extensive football portfolio”. They want to help establish FC Wacker as a permanent fixture in the Bundesliga.
Infront was already in contact with us in the past, when cooperation failed due to contract details. FC Wacker will not have to pay any commission on existing sponsorship agreements concluded before 1 September. The hope of urgently needed donors is alive.