|343 (VIP seats)|
|1,210 (Business seats)|
|Clubs||FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt|
|Other names||Mitteldeutsche Kampfbahn (1931-1948), Georgij-Dimitroff-Stadion (1948–1991)|
|Renovations||1948, 1970, 1976, 1981, 1993-1994, 1999-2003, 2015-2016|
|Record attendance||47,390 (Turbine Erfurt - Chemie Leipzig, 1951)|
|Cost||€ 45 million (2015-2016)|
|Design||HPP Architekten (2013-2015)|
|Address||Arnstädter Straße 55. 99096 Erfurt, Deutschland|
The decision to build a new sports complex in southern Erfurt, near the Steiger Forest, was made in 1927. By May 1931 the ground was ready and to be able to hold its first international game in August (Germany – Romania) it also received a wooden main grandstand atop land embankments. Altogether capacity stood at 35,000 people of whom 1,270 could be seated in the wooden section.
The ground's promising history suffered a setback as WWII ended and Soviet armed forces took over. For some time it was even used to grow potatoes on the pitch, being revitalised in 1948. Also renamed for the occasion, the stadium was reopened to honour Bulgarian communist Georgij Dimitrov. Early years of the DDR league brought sensation as local club Turbine became vice-champions already in 1951. The final game against champions Chemie Leipzig was seen by nearly 50,000 people!
In 1970 the first floodlit game was held here, but the 1,000 lux lighting lasted only until 1990s. In 1999 new masts were to be inaugurated, but one day before reopening one of them literally broke and its upper part crashed onto the stands. Afterwards a deadlock occurred that saw the next nighttime game no sooner than in 2003.
Before that the stadium was renamed again as Germany reunited. In 1991 public vote saw it take a more neutral name of Steigerwaldstadion, one taking from its location. One more major change came with Germany's new reality, the main grandstand was rebuilt with seating and impressive canopy roof based on wooden structure.
That exact stand was the only one decided to be retained during the stadium’s most recent reconstruction. From January 2015 it took 1.5 year to completely change the building’s appearance, now octagonal in shape. It’s a very interesting case because, contrary to current trends in German stadium reconstructions, this one has its running track retained despite being primarily a football ground.
Number of secondary uses has increased, though. The stadium now has not only increased capacity and may offer up to 30,000 capacity for open-air concerts. It also boasts a major conference/exhibition complex of regional scale, able of inviting up to 2,000 people inside for smaller events. With budget of almost €45 million, this operation became by far the most expensive in the stadium’s history.
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Formally the reconstruction of Steigerwaldstadion should have ended tomorrow, but instead it will go on for two more months. Still, that won’t stop Rot-Weiß Erfurt from hosting their opening game of the season!
New construction: Steigerwaldstadion (almost) rebuilt from scratch
From today onwards you may follow the build in Erfurt via StadiumDB.com. One stand is rising, two more to come soon as the city is erecting its own multifunction arena.
New design: The octagonal vision for Erfurt
There are only a handful of stadiums with this kind of layout. And by mid-2016 there will be one more, this time in German city of Erfurt.
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Rot-Weiß Erfurt confirmed they are slowly moving out of their current home, because it’s expected to become a construction site within the next few months. Then a 21,800-capacity arena will be built.