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Parkstadion 1998-09-12.jpg
Parkstadion at the match FC Schalke 04 - 1. FC Nuremberg on the 12th of September 1998.
Location Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Broke ground August 29, 1969
Opened August 4, 1973
Renovated 1998
Closed 2008
Surface Grass
Capacity 62,008 (league matches)
55,877 (international matches)
FC Schalke 04 (1973–2001)

Parkstadion was a multi-purpose stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is no longer used to host any major events. The stadium was built in 1973 and hosted five matches of the 1974 FIFA World Cup.[1] It had a capacity of 62,109 with seats for 45,067.

During 1974 FIFA World Cup Yugoslavia set biggest win ever at FIFA World Cup against Zaire with score 9:0 (6:0)

Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour on September 4, 1988 & during his HIStory World Tour on June 15, 1997.

The Rolling Stones performed at the stadium during their Urban Jungle Tour on August 16, 1990 & during their Bridges To Babylon Tour on July 27, 1998.

Pink Floyd performed at the stadium during The Division Bell Tour on August 23, 1994.

It was the home ground of football club FC Schalke 04 until May 2001, before the newly built and adjacent Veltins-Arena opened in July of the same year.

The stadium also played host to two Euro 88 fixtures (Germany v Denmark, and The Netherlands v the Republic of Ireland), as well as the first leg of the 1997 UEFA Cup final between Schalke and Internazionale.[2]

The last competitive football match played in the stadium was a Bundesliga fixture between Schalke and SpVgg Unterhaching on May 19, 2001. The match was attended by approximately 65,000 people and Schalke became the German vice-champion at the time.

The stadium is now partly demolished and the Jumbotron that was placed atop of the northern stand was donated to Erzgebirgsstadion in Aue, where it was installed during the renovations of the stadium in 2004.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Parkstadion (German)
  2. ^ Parkstadion. The Stadium Guide. Accessed March 5, 2012.

Coordinates: 51°33′33″N 7°04′00″E / 51.55917°N 7.06667°E / 51.55917; 7.06667