Stadion Rote Erde

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Stadion Rote Erde
Stadion Rote Erde.
Full name Stadion Rote Erde
Former names Kampfbahn Rote Erde
Location Dortmund, Germany
Owner Municipality of Dortmund
Operator Municipality of Dortmund
Capacity 25,000 (athletic matches)
9,999 (football matches)[1]
42,000 (1962-1974)
Record attendance 42,000
Surface Grass
Scoreboard None
Broke ground 1924
Built 1924-1926
Opened 6 June 1926
Renovated 1976, 2008
Expanded 1963
Construction cost 1,8 milion German Mark
Architect Hans Strobel
1937-1974: Borussia Dortmund
1937-present: 2nd Squad Borussia Dortmund

Stadion Rote Erde (Red Earth Stadium) is a 25,000 capacity (3,000 seated) football and athletics stadium in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. It serves as home to Borussia Dortmund II and is used by several athletic sportclubs. The stadium was built in 1924-1926 at a cost of 1,8 milion German Mark. The stadium was inaugurated in 1926, with a match between the City of Dortmund and FC Wacker München (1-11).[2]


The first plans for the stadium date back to 1921, when the Municipality of Dortmund decided to build a Volkspark in the southern area of Dortmund. Architect Hans Strobel designed the park, in which a swimming pool, a multi-functional stadium and the Westfalenhallen would be built. The stadium was built between 1924 and 1926 and was inaugurated in 1926. In the first decade of the stadium's history, it was mostly used for athletic matches and occasionally for football matches. The first official football match in the stadium was between Borussia Dortmund's rivals Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC (1-4).

Due to the German war machine, the steel and mining company Hoesch AG had to extend her factories in Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund was forced to leave their ground Weisse Wiese and moved to the Stadion Rote Erde in 1937.[2] During the 2nd World War the stadium was heavily damaged and after the war the stadium was renovated. From 1947 to 1967 Borussia Dortmund was one of West-Germany's most successful clubs and the stadium couldn't bear the number of visitors anymore. In 1961 plans were made to extend the stadium, or to build a new stadium on the same location of Stadion Rote Erde.[3] Due to the economic crisis, this didn't happen. In 1962 the stadium was extended by temporarily wooden stands, increasing the stadium's capacity to 42,000.[2] In 1971 the Municipality of Dortmund agreed to build a new stadium, directly west of the stadium Stadion Rote Erde. In 1974 this new Westfalenstadion was completed and Borussia Dortmund moved towards this stadium. Stadion Rote Erde is nowadays used as home ground for the 2nd squad of Borussia Dortmund and by several athletic clubs.

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  2. ^ a b c Extensive history and pictures of the stadium Rote Erde
  3. ^ Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (2005). Der Ruhm, der Traum und das Geld, Die Geschichte von Borussia Dortmund. Göttingen: Verlag Die Werkstatt. p. 480. ISBN 978-3-89533-480-1. 

Coordinates: 51°29′33″N 7°27′16″E / 51.49250°N 7.45444°E / 51.49250; 7.45444