Frankenstadion

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Grundig-Stadion
Grundig-Stadion logo.png
Stadion Nürnberg
Former names Städtisches Stadion (1928–1945, 1961-1991)
Victory Stadium (1945–1961)
Frankenstadion (1991–2006)
easyCredit-Stadion (2006–2012)
Grundig-Stadion (2013-)
Location Nuremberg, Germany
Coordinates 49°25′34″N 11°7′33″E / 49.42611°N 11.12583°E / 49.42611; 11.12583Coordinates: 49°25′34″N 11°7′33″E / 49.42611°N 11.12583°E / 49.42611; 11.12583
Built 1928
Opened 1928
Owner City of Nuremberg
Surface Grass
Construction cost 56.2 million Euros
Capacity 50,000 (League matches),
44,308 (International matches)[1]
Field dimensions 105 × 68 m
Tenants
1. FC Nuremberg

The Frankenstadion, currently known as the Grundig-Stadion (pronounced [ˈɡʁʊndɪç ˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn] or [ˈɡʁʊndɪk-]) for sponsorship purposes, is a stadium in Nuremberg, Germany, which was opened in 1928. It is located next to the Zeppelinfeld. It also neighbors the new Nuremberg Arena.

Since 1966, it has been home stadium to the German Bundesliga club 1. FC Nuremberg. During the 1972 Summer Olympics, it hosted six football matches. In 1967 it hosted the Final of the European Cup Winners's Cup between Rangers FC and FC Bayern Munich. Bayern won 1–0.

Originally it was known as the Städtisches Stadion [ˈʃtɛtɪʃəs ˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn] (English: Municipal Stadium) until 1991, when it received the name Frankenstadion [ˈfʁaŋkənˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn]. On 14 March 2006, the stadium was renamed easyCredit-Stadion [ʔiːziˈkʁɛdɪt ˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn] for a period of five years, after a sponsorship deal with the German bank DZ Bank AG. Many fans of the 1. FC Nuremberg, led by the "Ultras Nuremberg" introduced on April 1st, 2006, a demonstration against the name as well as a symbolic renamed Max-Morlock-Stadion [maks ˈmɔʁlɔk ˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn], in honor of one of the best players in the club's history, Max Morlock. Since the 14th February 2013, the stadium is now called Grundig Stadium until 2017.[2]

The stadium hosted five games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including the famous match between Portugal and the Netherlands, consequently known as the battle of Nürnberg.

Facilities[edit]

The available facilities at the stadium include two changing rooms for players, changing rooms for coaches, referees. Also physician and treatment rooms are available. A 300 m² press area, an area for press conferences, and three TV studios make the Frankenstadion a truly modern stadium. 1200 m² makes up the VIP area with room for 800 guests. To compensate for the large amount of seats there are 15,000 parking spaces with 205 for VIPs.

The stadium also has track and field facilities that follow international regulation. A full sprinkler system, that feeds the grass with rain water. The pitch is also heated, and lit with a floodlight system. There are two 60 m² video walls that provide video to the fans. There is also a full power back up system, powered by diesel generators.

Frankenstadion
Football match in Frankenstadion

History[edit]

Beginning in 1933, the National Socialists began to use the stadium as a marching area for the Hitler Youth. The 4th Deutsche Kampfspiele, one of the biggest events organized by the Nazi Sports Body, took place in this stadium from 23–29 July 1934.

Following 1963, the stadium was reconditioned multiple times, so that it could meet the requirements for football in the Bundesliga.

Renovations[edit]

The Frankenstadion has been renovated two times, once in 1988 to 1991, and then again renovation began again in 2002, to be ready in time for the 2006 World Cup. The 2002 renovation cost €56.2 million; the cost is split between the city of Nürnberg, the State of Bavaria and the building society, which managed the stadium. The stadium has had its capacity increased to 48,548. this modernisation was designed and realized by HPP Architects. This was achieved by extending the southwest and northwest grandstand. The playing field was lowered by 1.30 metres in order to provide all seats an unrestricted view of the field. The Max Morlock place was developed as a place for fans to meet and enjoy something to eat; the total area of this place is 1,000 metres. In the summer of 2012, the capacity was increased to 50,000.

Concerts[edit]

P!nk performed at the stadium on July 15, 2010 during The Funhouse Summer Carnival.

Transportation[edit]

The Frankenstadion and the adjacent Nuremberg Arena are well serviced by public transportation to facilitate transport of Fans from and to the various sports and musical events taking place there:

  • Bus stop Max-Morlock-Platz, right in front of the stadium. Serviced by Bus line 55.
  • Frankenstadion station, about 400 Meters (1300 ft) or a 5-minute walk from the stadium. Serviced by S-Bahn line S2
  • Dutzendteich station and tramway stop, about 1300 m (4000 ft) or a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Services by Bus lines 55 and 65, Tramway line 6 and S-Bahn line S2
  • Messe subway station, about 1800 m (5500 ft) or a 15-minute walk from the Stadium. Serviced by U-Bahn (Subway) lines U1 and U11

During mass sports and entertainment events, such as Bundesliga games or the annual Rock im Park festival, additional S-Bahn trains running between main station and Frankenstadion station are being put into service. Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Frankenstadion station had the length of its existing platform doubled and an additional platform built for that purpose.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The following games were played at the stadium during the World Cup of 2006:

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Spectators
11 June 2006 18:00 Mexico Mexico 3–1 Iran Iran Group D 41,000
15 June 2006 18:00 England England 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Group B 41,000
18 June 2006 15:00 Japan Japan 0–0 Croatia Croatia Group F 41,000
22 June 2006 16:00 Ghana Ghana 2–1 United States United States Group E 41,000
25 June 2006 21:00 Portugal Portugal 1–0 Netherlands Netherlands Round of 16 41,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.grundig-stadion.de/main-ger/?sid=stadion-daten
  2. ^ stern.de: Nürnberger Arena heißt künftig Grundig-Stadion (Nuremberg Arena will be known as Grundig Stadium.) February 14th, 2013
Preceded by
Hampden Park
Glasgow
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1967
Succeeded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam