|290 in 11 skyboxes + 1,100 (Business seats)|
|136 (Press seats)|
|38+38 (Disabled seats)|
|Inauguration||12.08.2012 (Rot-Weiss Essen - Borussia Dortmund U19, 3-2)|
|Design||Plan Forward GmbH|
|Contractor||W+P Gesellschaft für Projektabwicklung mbH|
Description: Stadion Essen
Construction started in August 2009, with dismantling of the northern terrace of Georg-Melches-Stadion. This was enough to start on three new stands up north as the new ground was to be moved onto training pitches and rotated. First stage, finished in August 2012, brought three stands with cover, and over 11,000 seats (and just over 2,000 standing places).
After opening demolition of remaining old stands of its predecessor started and along with it – construction of fourth new stand. Capacity in 2013 reached 20,650 and may be increased in two phases to even 35,000. First by adding corner sections (5,000) and second by adding a second tier throughout the ground.
Initially cost was estimated at €30 million, but in the end exceeded €40m.
Germany: Harsh criticism of Essen after stadium takes museum’s money
Covering the deficit created by newly built stadium forced the city of Essen to deny funds to a local museum. This outraged many citizens and earned the city the Pannekopp anti-award for biggest fail.
Germany: “Zero provocation instead of zero tolerance” - it works!
From August the most football-mad region worldwide was undergoing a serious test: how will safety change with less police force deployed? Just as many experts predicted, it improved.
Stadium of the Year 2013: Last 24 hours to vote
It’s been exactly 30 days since we started the Stadium of the Year competition. Now we enter the final 24 hours of the vote. If you haven’t selected your favourites, now is the time!
Nomination: Stadion Essen
The most traditional football stadium among this year’s nominees. With large standing terraces, without corner sections and with tall floodlight masts. Or one, actually. And it’s not standing at the stadium itself…
Stadium of the Year 2013: Let the vote begin!
It's time to start the selection process. For the next month you can thoroughly review all candidates and make your move, selecting 2013's Stadium of the Year. The world's largest open competition of this kind begins now!
Stadium of the Year 2013: Time to nominate!
Just like every year, we invite you to propose nominees before the Stadium of the Year vote begins. We created an initial list of eligible stadiums, but count on you to suggest more, if you think we missed any worthy building.
Germany: Last stand in Essen ahead of schedule
As early as in February should the southern stand be ready in Essen, 6 months ahead of schedule. This is the good news. Bad news is that fans will most likely not be able to use it until next season anyway...
New: One and a half stadium in Essen
Three new stands and two old ones for an unusual pentagonal venue until the older ones are torn down and replaced by new fourth stand. That may sound more boring, but will be more modern as well.