Wildparkstadion – until 2020
|13,402 (Covered places)|
|80 (Disabled seats)|
|Opening game||07/08/1955 (FC Karlsruhe - Rot-Weiss Essen, 2-0)|
|Renovations||1957, 1968, 1978, 1986, 1993|
|Design||Thomas Großmann, Lucy Hillebrand (1993)|
|Address||Adenauerring 17, 76131 Karlsruhe|
Wildparkstadion – historical stadium description
Decision to build a new stadium in the vast downtown park was made in 1952, when two local clubs merged to create Karlsruher SC. A new landfill giant covered 7.5 hectares of what used to be a multi-discipline sports complex. With all stands uncovered, the stadium could hold roughly 50,000 people.
Opening came in a great moment for KSC, who had just won their first domestic cup and took on Rot-Weiss Essen, reigning champions, in their first match in August 1955. That day some 45,000 spectators came, but it wasn’t the first mass event of the stadium.
First floodlighting system came in 1957 and was replaced by final 54-meter masts in 1978. Modern giant screen came in 1986, just after the north-eastern side received its upper deck. Completely new main grandstand was the last upgrade in 1993, providing 24 skyboxes.
The improvements didn’t change the overall aging structure’s and in 2006 a decision was made to build three new stands adjoining the one from 1993, this time with no athletic track. The pitch was relocated closer to the main stand, but further operations were halted as the city searched for an alternative new-stadium location. Eventually, in 2014 it was decided to build a new structure at the site of the old Wildparkstadion.
Eventually, comprehensive redevelopment began at the end of 2018. The work was carried out in stages, maintaining the functionality of the facility, and the last element of the old stadium – the main stand – was demolished in late 2020/early 2021. The brand new Karsruher SC stadium was opened on July 19, 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: 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: Rainbow stadiums to commemorate Holocaust
This weekend German stadiums might be more colourful than usually. Illuminations, corner flag, captains’ armbands – these are some of the means to commemorate LGBT people as part of this year’s Remembrance Day in German Football.
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.
New design: The future Wildparkstadion
The old ground is already siappearing, while we were informed of the general contractor signing his contract. On that occasion the very first renderings of new Wildparkstadion were released.
Germany: Legal pyroshow, yet penalty imminent?
Karlsruher SC supporters lit 180 flares. They had the green light of all safety authorities you might imagine, from their club. They didn't do it during the game or in the stand. And yet the club may face a €63,000 penalty. Absurd, right?
Germany: Farewell ceremonies over for Wildparkstadion
It's not disappearing all at once and yet it's been a very sentimental weekend in Karlsruhe. Yesterday the last game, today the souvenir-seat event and tomorrow – first phase of demolition.
Germany: Construction approved, farewell Wildparkstadion!
Yesterday the city council voted in favour of stadium reconstruction, today Karlsruher SC invited supporters for the final game of Wildparkstadion. Demolition is coming fast!
Germany: Karlsruhe stadium later and more expensive
Remnants of WWII are the reason why new stadium in Karlsruhe just became more problematic. Budget had to increase, time frame changed entirely and interim use became more difficult.
Germany: Could KSC relegation affect stadium plans?
Instead of climbing back to Bundesliga they just got relegated to 3. Liga. Does Karlsruher SC actually need a stadium for 35,000 people at this point?
Germany: Finally, tender launched in Karlsruhe
By the end of 2017 we should know the contractor of Karlsruhe’s new 35,000-capacity stadium. Demolition of Wildparkstadion and construction of the successor can begin in 2018.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
Germany: These are the best Bundesliga fields
For the second consecutive year Allianz Arena was selected as one of the best fields in Germany. In the 2. Bundesliga Karlsruhe grabbed the lead. Find out who came second!
Karlsruhe: Nothing to save, new stadium has to be built
In less than three weeks the Karlsruhe city council will decise whether to build a brand new stadium or renovate the current one. And all indications say the latter option is… not an option.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
Germany: Finally solid time frame for new Karlsruhe stadium
It's been nearly 9 years (!) since debate on the new stadium in Karlsruhe began. During that time barely anything has been established regarding the stadium itself. Only recently a location was selected, one where current Wildparkstadion stands.