Unusual miscalculation in capacity resulted in 2,000 seats at Millerntor being under threat of closing. Noise limit was set for 27,500 people, while the stadium holds 29,500.
According to Hamburger Morgen Post, a bureaucratic discrepancy resulted in 2,000 seats at Millerntor being theoretically unusable. FC Sankt Pauli applied for noise assessment for their stadium stating it would hold 27,500 people once completely refurbished.
However, corrections added to the documentation resulted in final capacity increase to 29,546. Reconstruction ended this summer and formally a sell-out crowd could have been impossible with the noise limit at 27,500.
Special noise examinations were carried out in August. First one failed because of rain, which made the result unusable. Another one was carried out during the high-profile DFB Pokal game against Borussia M-gladbach and according to Morgen Post’s news it gave a clear green light for 29,546 people to be allowed.