Deutsche Bank Park (Waldstadion)
|9,000 (Standing places)|
|2,200 (Bussiness seats)|
|72 (VIP lodges)|
|48,500 (International capacity)|
|City||Frankfurt nad Menem|
|Clubs||Eintracht Frankfurt e.V|
|Other names||Commerzbank Arena (2005-2020)|
|Renovations||1937, 1953-1955, 1960, 1974, 2002-2005 (nowy stadion)|
|Record attendance||81,000 (Eintracht Frankfurt - Pirmasens, 1959)|
|Cost||€ 188 million|
|Design||GMP International GmbH, SBP (2002-2005)|
|Address||Moerfelder Landstrasse 362, 60528 Frankfurt am Main|
Description: Deutsche Bank Park
Previously known as Waldstadion (Forest Stadium) it still bares its name among fans. After all, it still stands surrounded with trees. When built in 1925 it had numerous functions, not only the sporting ones (football pitch and athletics track were both in place). During nazi governing it was a place of political events. The ground hosted biggest tournaments in Europe (Euro 1988) and the World (1974 and 2006 World Cups).
Before the latter event it was revamped completely. Between 2002 and 2005 all stands were demolished and then replaced with new construction worth some €150 mln. Two-tiered stands hold over 50,000 fans in German games and slightly less when international rules (no standing room) apply. But the most characteristic feature is its retractable roof. Light membrane lies on steel ropes which are also the base of the retractable part done by GMP Architekten and SBP engineers. Prior to 2006 World Cup it was widely criticized as the roof didn’t work efficiently back then, letting some rainfall inside. This was later fixed, though.
Currently the arena also Has different uses. One of Germany’s most popular clubs, Eintracht Frankfurt, play their home games there. American football also comes to the stadium (like the final German Bowl 2010) and in 2011 Women’s World Cup was also played here, including the final game.
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