Wildparkstadion

Capacity29 699
13,402 (Covered places)
14,462 (Terracing)
24 (Skyboxes)
80 (Disabled seats)
Country Germany
CityKarlsruhe
ClubsKarlsruher Sport-Club
Inauguration 17/07/1955
Opening game 07/08/1955 (FC Karlsruhe - Rot-Weiss Essen, 2-0)
Renovations 1957, 1968, 1978, 1986, 1993
Design Thomas GroĂźmann, Lucy Hillebrand (1993)
Address Adenauerring 17, 76131 Karlsruhe

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Description: Wildparkstadion

Decision to build a new stadium in the vast downtown park was made in 1952, when two local clubs merged to create Karlsruher SC. A new landfill giant covered 7.5 hectares of what used to be a multi-discipline sports complex. With all stands uncovered, the stadium could hold roughly 50,000 people.

Opening came in a great moment for KSC, who had just won their first domestic cup and took on Rot-Weiss Essen, reigning champions, in their first match in August 1955. That day some 45,000 spectators came, but it wasn’t the first mass event of the stadium.

Several days earlier an athletic festival was held and no wonder – Wildparkstadion was considered a very modern stadium and was also built in the common multi-use layout. However, as future showed, it saw its last major athletic event in 1968 and became football-specific in terms of use.

First floodlighting system came in 1957 and was replaced by final 54-meter masts in 1978. Modern giant screen came in 1986, just after the north-eastern side received its upper deck. Completely new main grandstand was the last upgrade in 1993, providing 24 skyboxes.

The improvements didn’t change the overall structure’s aging and in 2006 decision was made to build three new stands adjoining the one from 1993, this time with no athletic track. The pitch was relocated closer to the main stand, but further operations were halted as the city searched for an alternative new-stadium location. Eventually, in 2014 it was decided to build new structure at Wildparkstadion, but no works commenced so far.

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