Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer (Stadion am Laubenweg)
|Clubs||Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth e.V.|
|Other names||Playmobil-Stadion (until 2010), Trolli Arena (2010–2014)|
|Renovations||1911, 1919, 1951, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2016-2018|
|Record audience||32,000 (01/04/1951, SpVgg Fürth - 1. FC Nürnberg 1-0)|
|Address||Laubenweg 60, 90765 Fürth|
Sportpark Ronhof – stadium description
With history reaching 1910 it remains among the oldest grounds in Germany to still be in use. Used as home by Stuttgarter Kickers and Altona 93 in early years, it became home to Greuther Fürth in 1910, when the club bought it for 60,000 marks.
At the beginning it could only hold 8,000 and this was the attendance of the first game, against reigning champions from Karlsruhe. By 1910 expansion was ready with a new wooden grandstand to accommodate players dressing rooms among others. In 1919 further expansion came with embankments around the pitch widened to hold even 25,000 people.
After being destroyed by bombing in 1945, the new grandstand was built in 1951 and existed, with only minor changes to the facade and furnishings, until 2016.
For financial reasons the club had to sell the ground in 1983 to Playmobil owner and the toy brand became its first naming rights holder in 1997, when the ground was improved ahead of first promotion to the 2. Bundesliga. Further changes with new covered south stand came in 2012 with the club achieving Bundesliga for the first time ever. Between 2016 and 2018, a new grandstand was built in place of the old stand from 1951.
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