|Clubs||FC St. Pauli von 1910|
|Other names||Wilhelm-Koch-Stadion (1970-1998)|
|Cost||32 mln € (rekonstrukcja 2006-2007)|
|Project||agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH|
From 1946 to 1961 Sankt Pauli player nearby, at a ground dismantled before 1963 garden exposition. Along with the dismantling construction of a new ground was progressing. But though it was a simple mound-based structure, opening was possible no sooner than in 1963, as engineers forgot drainage for the pitch and it was turning into a swamp after every major rainfall.
Since 1963 the club rests in its location then, but the ground was undergoing changes. Those included the name – patronage of Wilhelm Koch was given in 1970 and aborted in 1998. As for the structure, most changes included installing seats and decreasing capacity for safety reasons. At its lowest point, the one-32,000 stadium had a capacity of 19,800 (2005). That’s when need for a major revamp became more apparent than ever before. And though attempts to redevelop Millerntor dated back to 1980’s, this time for once they were successful.
In 2006 works started on the South stand, designed by agn Niederberghaus & Partner. New structure includes three levels of comfort. Lowest, both symbolically and literally, is terracing, above which seated sections were built and the stand ends with business suites. Another stage of the revamp was new main stand (West) that was opened in November 2010. Another one, on the opposite side of the pitch, was opened in January 2013, raising cpacity from 24,500 to 29,000.
As much as Sankt Pauli has a reputation for being a very “alternative” club, the stadium also boasts several unusual features. One of them is a miniature railway model that delivers beverages to the richer viewers. Another – a freestanding skybox that looks like a dump about to collapse, despite being a rather decent structure. In early 2011 Millerntor came to global spotlight after a nightclub installed a pole in their skybox with strippers performing dances during games. On the other hand, though, the stadium is also leading in some aspects. The new main stand has a first club-led kindergarten for some 100 kids and the catering menu was recognized for a selection of vegetarian and vegan meals.
Hannover: Surprise declaration in favour of legal pyrotechnics
If there's one person you would expect to be sceptical of pyro, it's a minister of interior. But it's exactly his announcement in favour of legal flares that sparked new heated discussion in Germany.
Hamburg: Lighting flares will cost them… beer
A very unusual way to fight against pyrotechnics comes from Hamburg. To punish fans for lighting flares and smoke bombs police banned alcohol sales throughout the stand.
Hamburg: Sankt Pauli can officially get loud
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.
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Works in Sankt Pauli were due in September, but demolition of the north end has now been postponed. Still, the new north stand will be ready in time for the 2015/16 season.
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Hamburg: Sankt Pauli supporters paint their new stand
The back straight was opened in February and is now getting colourful. Of course as long as brown, red and white is your definition of ‘colourful’. But it seems to suit Sank Pauli fans, who will finish their painting action this weekend.
Hamburg: New attendance record with new stand
Since the redevelopment started in 2006, no game saw crowd as big as yesterday. According to the club, Monday game against Cologne has every single seat taken.
Germany: Controversial safety regulations approved, what now?
Yesterday 36 top clubs voted on proposed safety regulation changes with vast majority in favour. Many fans see this as clamp-down on fan culture, but others are encouraged by events of past few weeks. What's changing inside German stadia?
Germany: Fans don’t feel safe?
Temperature around German football safety has been growing for months and is almost as hot as the flares set off by fans inside stadiums. Flares much hated by football governing bodies who suggested a new safety system, claiming people don’t feel safe at football games. They only forgot to ask the people, whether this is the case…