In protest against ticket prices for the German Cup quarter-final match between Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund, a section of the Dortmund support did enter the stadium for the first 18 minutes, then brought the noise.
Borussia Dortmund fans are usually among the loudest in Germany, but for the first 18 minutes of the German Cup quarterfinal against Stuttgart on Tuesday night, the silence from their supporter's section was deafening.
Members of the "Kein Zwanni" Borussia Dortmund fan group protested the ticket prices of the match in Stuttgart by standing in the stadium corridor for the first 18 minutes. Two banners in the section read "Football should be affordable, when will the people of Stuttgart finally realise?" while the fans waited for their time to enter.
Stuttgart charged BVB fans between 19 euros and 50 cents for standing seats, and over 70 euros (about $78) for the most expensive seating.
After the first 18 minutes were through, the fan group came into the stand in droves and added to the away support chorus.
To make sure their message was heard, the fans staged further protest by throwing countless tennis balls onto the pitch during the 25th minute. So many flew from the stands onto the pitch that it required stadium staff, and even players from both teams, to get them off and to continue play.