|Cost||€ 123 mln ?|
|Design||agn Niederberghaus & Partners|
BBBank Wildpark – design description
The new stadium replaced an old Wildparkstadion, leaving the playing field intact. A total area of 7.5 hectares in the vast downtown park has been used, as a multi-discipline sports complex, by the community since 1922. There have been football pitches at that location. The decision to build a former Wildparkstadion was made in 1952, when two local clubs merged to create Karlsruher SC. The stadium was inaugurated in 1955, with several major renovations since. The most serious one began in November 2018, when the complete renovation of the facilities was commissioned by the city administration of Karlsruhe.
The auditorium has a uniform height of 40 rows, however all stands are divided into two levels by an internal promenade. It splits the sections to 10 rows of lower tier and 30 rows of the upper one, while allowing fans to walk around the stadium without losing track of the game. The full venue hosts up to 34,140 fans, including standard seats (19,117), standing section for home fans (9,586), standing area for away fans (2,658), wheelchair seats (103) and hospitality area (2,694). The ratio of standing seats to full capacity is approx. 36%.
Architecturally the stadium is quite simple, with key aesthetic features in the form of Y-shaped pillars, rhythmically surrounding the stands. In addition to a usual football experience, the new stadium offers Karlsruher SC as a tenant significantly improved marketing opportunities. Among new facilities are: over 40 skyboxes, event areas, fan shops, and modern offices. Total costs were estimated up to €143 million, and €11 million is subsidized by the state.
In 2021, according to the sponsorship agreement, the former Wildparkstadion was renamed to BBBank Wildpark. The city of Karlsruhe and KSC have jointly agreed a five-year partnership with BBBank. The deal includes the right to name and logo of the stadium, extensive presence on and in the stadium, on admission tickets and partner areas.
The new arena is expected to be built in phases, beginning with demolition of old curves and erection of temporary sections on both ends. Currently, it offers two already opened tribunes (east and north stand). The stadium is expected to be completed in summer 2023.
Germany: BBBank Wildpark almost ready, opening on Wednesday
After more than four years of investment, Karlsruher SC's home ground is now nearly complete. The club, which plays in the 2. Bundesliga, will inaugurate it with a meeting against a European giant, which means a real football celebration for the fans.
Germany: Liverpool to arrive for opening of BBBank Wildpark
The full opening of the home venue of 2. Bundesliga side Karlsruher S.C. is fast approaching and is expected to take place as early as next month. For the occasion, one of Europe's most successful clubs in recent years, Liverpool FC will be coming to Germany to play an exhibition match against the hosts of the new arena.
Germany: Karlsruhe ready for (partial) opening of new stadium
Two grandstands are fully operational, it’s time to invite supporters inside. Even if only 50% of available capacity can be used, end of July will see a major celebration in Karlsruhe. Final preparations are underway.
Germany: New grandstand in Karlsruhe delayed
Seats are being installed, as are standing area railings. But the massive east stand at Wildparkstadion won't be ready in time. This could derail all of the stadium reconstruction effort.
Germany: Construction in Karlsruhe in line with schedule
Pandemic or not, construction work on the new Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe is progressing as expected. Its first new grandstand should be delivered in September. It's the further phases that may be challenged.
Germany: Potential cost increase in Karlsruhe
It only took a couple months of construction for financial issues to arise in Karlsruhe. General constractor is expecting a vast, €15-30 million increase in funding, according to Badische Neueste Nachrichten.