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#IroninAustria18 - A guide to BSFZ Obertraun

16 July 2018

With the Iron on their third pre-season trip to Obertraun in Austria, James Moody draws on the experience of the past two tours to give an insight to the sports complex.

BSFZ Obertraun

Arrival to the complex is via the road running parallel to the water, taking a sharp bend to the right and a first right to pull into the guesthouse complex. As soon as you step out of the front door of the complex, you're staring directly at "Pitch 1", which is the only football pitch contained in the open space around the buildings.

The Iron's team have been located in this particular guesthouse on both occasions they've been the BSFZ Obertraun, although it is possible to be located in the guesthouses either to the left or at the top of the pitch. There is also some further accomodation across the river to the right.

Other features of this area are the gym and sports hall (left), swimming pool (right), sauna, climbing wall and seminar room (top left of the initial building).

As you walk down the right of pitch one, you head towards the restaurant and sports lounge, which is where all of the team's meals are served for the week.

Beyond the tennis courts it pitch two, which holds a running track around it and a stand for spectators. Incidentally, this is the pitch Scunthorpe romped to a 6-0 victory over SK Strobl on last year's tour.

Across the river, which has a footbridge and a road bride, along with the extra accommodation, there is also pitches three and four, which were used by the Iron back in 2016. By what I gathered when speaking to the hosts, the pitches are alternated between the visiting teams to allow them to rest and stay in the best condition possible.


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