Volksparkstadion is home to Hamburger SV. The stadium is a UEFA category four stadium, making it eligible to host UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals. It hosted the 2006 World Cup and the 2010 UEFA Champions League.
In 2001, Time Warner Inc., a major American media company, bought the five-year naming rights of the stadium for 30 million marks and changed its name to AOL Arena. The naming rights for "AOL Arena" expired in 2006 without exercising priority renewal rights. On March 29, 2007, HSH Nordbank acquired the naming rights for six years for 25 million euros and changed its name to HSH Nordbank Arena.
In 1963, Hamburg SV moved from the old stadium Rothenbaum to the larger and better-equipped Volksparkstadion after being elected to join the Bundesliga. Hamburg achieved brilliant results in the Bundesliga, winning three championships in 1979, 1982, and 1983, respectively. In 1998, Hamburg decided to demolish the entire aging stadium and rebuild it into a modern new stadium to welcome the World Cup. Costing about 100 million euros, the Volksparkstadion opened in 2000 after being renovated.
Volksparkstadion Size And Constructure
The new Volksparkstadion has a 90-degree turn to give the audience a better viewing angle and more sunlight. The track and field are eliminated to shorten the distance between the auditorium and the competition lawn. The stadium has a larger capacity of 55,000 for club games on weekdays and can accommodate fewer spectators when the standing seats of the North Stand are changed to all seats during international games. A heater is provided under the pitch grass for football matches in winter. There are more than 22 cameras in the stadium, providing TV audiences with multiple positions to watch the game. It is one of the most modern football stadiums in the world. In addition to football games, the stadium can also hold concerts.
The capacity of Volksparkstadion is 57,000 for league matches, but it is reduced to 51,500 for international matches as supporters are not allowed to stand. For that reason, the standing area is converted into seating. The pitch size is standard 105 x 68 meters.
|Pitch Size||105 x 68 m|
Volksparkstadion is considered the most beautiful stadium in Germany due to its modern design and good game atmosphere. If you have the opportunity to travel to Hamburg, the Volksparkstadion tour is a must-have route on the trip. Under the guidance for more than an hour, you can visit the interior of this five-star football stadium in detail, including the football field, VIP rooms, boxes, press conference venue, etc. In the HSV museum next to the stadium, you can also learn about Hamburg FC and the interesting history of the stadium.