|4010 (Covered seats)|
|Clubs||Fußballclub Carl Zeiss Jena e. V.|
|Renowations||1974, 1978, 1997-1999, 2006|
|Record audience||27,500 (1962, SC Motor Jena - Atlético Madrid 0-1)|
|Address||Oberaue 3, 07745 Jena|
The ground was built in Jena back in 1924, just be Saale river bank. And quite literally so, closest part of the venue is some 5 meters from water! Over the years it belonged to Erns Abbe Stiftung, a foundation named after ground’s patron, local entrepreneur and scientist, co-owner of Carl Zeiss’s optical company. Since 1991 it belongs to the municipality, however, and this is when major works started. In 1995 floodlights were renovated, originally installed in 1974. And in 1997 original wooden benches from 1924 (!) were replaced by new stands.
Today the venue holds just over 12,500 people of whom just over 50% have individual seats. There are two larger stand along the pitch (main one covered) and two lower on the curves. Though today the capacity isn’t all too impressive, in 1962 some 27,500 people watched local side fight Atletico Madrid in Cup Winners’ Cup semifinal.
Germany: Jena stadium ready for groundbreaking
Simplified and optimised – the new Jena football stadium has been presented in its final iteration. Work is expected to begin within weeks. It's expected to be ready for opening exactly on June 30, 2023.
Germany: Pendemic or not, Jena is going forward with stadium
Just days before final deadline, authorities of Jena have signed the contract that will see new municipal stadium delivered by late 2023. Works could begin as soon as September of this year.
New design: Finally, progress in Jena
After nearly a decade in the making, reconstruction of Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld finally seems to be just months away. With private partner selected by the city of Jena, works could begin in 2020.
Germany: New, smaller floodlight masts in Jena
After the famous “giraffes” were demolished in 2013, now new floodlights have to be mounted urgently in order to meet league requirements. They should be done by December.
Germany: Fans in Jena raising a fortune to stay home
“Think we are crazy but we are going for it!”, wrote fans of FC Carl Zeiss Jena and launched an already successful crowdfunding campaing to change the shape of their future stadium.
Germany: Green light for new Jena stadium
The council debated almost until midnight and eventually massively supported the construction of new football-specific stadium for Carl Zeiss. Groundbreaking set for 2017.