|1470 (VIP seats)|
|300 (Press seats)|
|4 500 (Bussiness seats)|
|Clubs||Hertha BSC Berlin|
|Projekt||(2004) GMP Architekten, SBP|
|Address||Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin-Charlottenburg|
Initially this was to be the host venue of 1916 Olympics, but due to World War I the event was canceled. A complete revamp of the old existing ground resulted in a new venue in the 1930's, when Berlin was preparing for its – this time successful – Olympic tournament. It wasn't called Olympiastadion back then, the name was Reichssportfeld. Large stands divided into two tiers accommodated up to 110,000 spectators and were meant to symbolize the magnitude of Third Reich together with surrounding infrastructure, including the giant Mayfield and 77-meter high Bell Tower.
During world War II the stadium was among few landmarks of Berlin that nearly didn't suffer any damage with only machine gun holes. This made it a good garrison for British army that stationed there after WWII.
Since 1963 the football club Hertha use the ground and in 1974 it was again in global spotlight when 3 games of the World Cup were played there. As it turned out later, not the last tournament of this kind. Today's shape of the ground is the result of 2004 redevelopment prior to World Cup 2006. German architects of GMP Architekten redesigned the seating bowl's lower tier which was dismantled and built again steeper for better sightlines. Also, roof was provided for all fans. To save the historical facades no external cantilevers were installed, forcing architects to erect supports obstructing view to some fans inside the ground. The revamp cost €242mln. Currently Olympiastadion is Germany's largest all-seating stadium and second when counting standing rooms.
Germany: Potsdam invites Hertha to build stadium
Potsdam mayor offered land for new Hertha stadium, should the team choose to leave Berlin city limits. At the same time mayor Jann Jakobs committed a faux pas against Hertha fans…
Berlin: Hertha to show stadium site “in January, February at the latest”
Hertha Berlin is evaluating possible stadium locations in and outside Berlin. Shortlist of best options should be presented early next year.
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
New list: These 20 clubs draw biggest crowds
Only six countries have any representation in this ranking. Here is the elite list of clubs that manage to draw 46,000 people or more every single game!
Berlin: Hertha to move outside the capital?
Brandenburg prime minister invites Hertha Berlin to build their private stadium outside Berlin. The offer couldn’t be better timed as Hertha are facing massive lease increase for Olympiastadion.
Berlin: Hertha approve first spending towards new stadium
Hertha officials confirmed the club has commissioned a feasibility study for a new football-specific stadium. Meanwhile a renowned architect suggests reconfiguration of Olympiastadion is possible.
Berlin: Hertha to finally flee Olympiastadion?
It’s been returning like boomerang and here it is again: the issue of future stadium for Hertha. While majestic and iconic, Olympiastadion is too large and not atmospheric enough. A new idea is in sight.
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.
Russia 2018: „Our stadiums aren’t more expensive”. But they are…
General director of Sports In, company running 7 projects for the 2018 World Cup, argues Russian stadia aren’t more expensive than in other countries. But he presented the public with manipulated data to make his case.
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?
Attendances: Most interesting numbers of 10+ Ranking 2013 (part 1)
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Euro 2020: Berlin and Munich compete for German spot
Just as expected, Berlin and Munich were given the right to compete for one spot Germany will be given during Euro 2020. By September domestic federation will select one of them and submit to UEFA.
UEFA: 2015 finals for Berlin and Warsaw
Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the 2015 Champions League final, while Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy will see Europa League finalists' clash, UEFA announced today.
Berlin: Should Hertha abandon Olympiastadion?
Though the club draws large crowds regularly, its financially unstable. Local tabloid BZ sees the reason in Olympiastadion, which may be considered a disadvantage in competing with Bundesliga’s superpowers.
Berlin: Derby in a league of their own
Union is growing, Hertha got weaker – this enables them to meet and decide superiority in Berlin. And if you see over 74,000 people in a 2nd league clash (with 25,000 being the away crowd!), than it can only be Berlin, really.
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?
UEFA: Information leak? CL finals for Berlin and Milan?
Official decision is to be announced in March, but two newspapers from Germany and Italy share the same leak – deal is already done, Berlin will host the 2015 Champions League final with Milan following in 2016.