Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor
|Clubs||SV Darmstadt 98|
|Cost||€ 40.5 mln|
|Construction||12/2018 - 2022|
Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor – design description
Reconstruction of the old Böllenfalltor, forced by the inability to build a new stadium elsewhere, will be carried out in three phases, retaining the two provisional, covered end zones. Floodlights will also remain as they are. Their use will enable constant use of the stadium throughout the process.
First stage (spring 2018) will not cover the stadium itself, it includes creation of additional club offices behind the main stand, as an annex to the municipal sports hall.
First works at the stadium will see the old east terrace razed to the ground and within a year replaced by a brand new concrete stand. To retain some of the Bölle spirit, the grandstand will offer only standing room in its lower half, followed by seats in the upper sections.
Ready in mid-2019, the east stand will allow relocation of some uses and spectators from the west and demolition of the old main stand. A year later the entire stadium should be complete, able to hold 18,600 people instead of 17,400.
Designed by Frankfurt's 1100 Architekten, the entire project will cost is expected to stay within €28.5 million, of which the largest contribution will come from the city of Darmstadt (€15m). The football club will add €10 million, while the land of Hessen should complete the budget with €3.5 million.
Germany: First grandstand in Darmstadt nearly complete
Famous terraces of Böllenfalltor are long gone, now brand new double-tiered grandstand is almost ready to replace them. Once it opens in February, demolition of the new main stand can begin.
Germany: Böllenfalltor revamp more expensive
Only one contractor submitted a bid to redevelop SV Darmstadt's stadium and construction prices are rising across Germany. These two factors resulted in over 40% increase of the stadium revamp's budget.
Germany: Naming rights extenstion a boost for reconstruction
SV Darmstadt 98 and naming rights sponsor Merck agreed terms and will remain in partnership until 2024. By that time the stadium should already look differently than today.