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Commerzbank-Arena
Waldstadion
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Former names Waldstadion (1925–2005)
FIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt (2006 FIFA World Cup)
FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt (2011 FIFA Women's World Cup)
Location Frankfurt, Hessen
Germany Germany
Coordinates 50°4′7″N 8°38′43″E / 50.06861°N 8.64528°E / 50.06861; 8.64528Coordinates: 50°4′7″N 8°38′43″E / 50.06861°N 8.64528°E / 50.06861; 8.64528
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Owner Waldstadion Frankfurt Gesellschaft für Projektentwicklung
Operator Stadion Frankfurt Management GmbH
Executive suites 81
Capacity Football: 51,500 (9,300 standing for league matches)
48,500 (International matches)
American football: 48,000
Concert: 44,000
Field size 105 × 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1925
Opened May 21, 1925[4]
Renovated 1937, 1953, 1974, 2005
Construction cost 150 million[1]
Architect Gerkan, Marg & Partner[2]
Max Bögl[3]
Tenants
Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga) (1925–present)
Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe) (1991–2007)
SV Wehen Wiesbaden (2nd Bundesliga) (2007)
FSV Frankfurt (2nd Bundesliga) (2008–2009)

The Commerzbank-Arena (German pronunciation: [koˈmɛʁtsbaŋkʔaˌʁeːnaː], sometimes [kɔˈmɛʁts-]) is a sports stadium in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. Commonly known by its original name, Waldstadion [ˈvaltˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn] (English: Forest Stadium), the stadium opened in 1925. The stadium has been upgraded several times since then; the most recent remodelling was its redevelopment as a football-only stadium in preparation for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup. With a capacity of 51,500 spectators for league matches and 48,500 for American Football and International Football matches, it is among the ten largest football stadiums in Germany. The stadium was one of the nine venues of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and hosted four matches including the final.

The sports complex, which is owned by the city of Frankfurt, includes the actual stadium and other sports facilities, including a swimming pool, a tennis complex, a beach volleyball court and a winter sports hall. The arena has its own railway station, Frankfurt Stadion, on the national rail network.

The Commerzbank-Arena is home stadium of football club Eintracht Frankfurt whose offices are also located on the premises.

History[edit]

First stadium[edit]

The original stadium opened in 1925.[citation needed]

In 1937, the spectator capacity through expansion of the back straight was increased to 55,000.

The first modification and the introduction of the Bundesliga[edit]

The first major changes to the stadium were made following a game between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Nuremberg in May 1953. Almost 70,000 tickets were sold for a stadium envisioned for only 55,000 spectators, and 200 fans were injured as thousands tried to force entry.[citation needed]

The renovated and enlarged Waldstadion was reopened on 14 May 1955 after 19 months of construction work. The stadium once more hosted national team matches as well as some important games for Eintracht Frankfurt, who reached the final round of the German National Championships in 1959. During the run to the final, 81,000 watched Eintracht beat FK Pirmasens - an attendance record that still stands.[citation needed]

In December 1960, an ice rink was opened within the oval of the velodrome. Here, the ice hockey team of Eintracht Frankfurt played their home games until 1981. In 1960 the stadium was given floodlights.[citation needed]

The first Bundesliga game in the Waldstadion took place on 24 August 1963 - a 1–1 draw with 1. FC Kaiserslautern on the first day of the new German national league.[citation needed]

The stadium hosted the World Championships in track cycling in 1966 and the heavyweight boxing championship between Muhammad Ali and Karl Mildenberger on 10 September 1966, won by Ali with a knockout in the 12th round in front of 22,000 spectators.[citation needed]

Second reconstruction[edit]

The second major renovation of the Waldstadion was needed for the 1974 FIFA World Cup. From May 1972 to January 1974, the stadium was rebuilt virtually from scratch to meet the requirements of the World Cup venues. The opening ceremony of the 1974 World Cup was held at the Waldstadion.[citation needed]

In 1978, improved drainage and undersoil heating were installed.[citation needed]

The first final of the newly introduced Women's European Cup was held at the stadium in May 2002, and the home team of 1. FFC Frankfurt beat Swedish side Umeå IK 2–0 to lift the trophy.[citation needed]

Today's arena[edit]

Current usage[edit]

The new Waldstadion is primarily designed as a football arena, but can be used for other turf sports like American football and major events. The grandstand offers rooms that are for meetings, conventions and other events in external markets.

The new arena was officially opened at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, the test run for the 2006 World Cup. Both the opening match (Germany 4–3 Australia) and the final (Brazil 4–1 Argentina) were hosted at the stadium.[citation needed]

Football[edit]

The main users of the stadium is the football team Eintracht Frankfurt, which has used the stadium as its home base since 1963.[citation needed]

In addition, the stadium also serves occasionally as an alternative venue for home games of other teams: 1. FSV Mainz 05 played their qualifying matches for the 2005-06 UEFA Cup against the Armenian representatives Mika and against Keflavík ÍF from Iceland and for the 1st Round proper against Sevilla FC in the Commerzbank Arena.[citation needed]

The women of the local football team 1. FFC Frankfurt defeated Umeå IK 3-2 in the stadium on 24 May 2008 in the final second leg of UEFA Women's Cup, winning the European Cup for the third time and setting up a record for women's club football of 27,500 spectators[citation needed]

The Turkish Football Federation has also staged several games in the arena, as Turks form a significant ethnic minority in Germany. Beşiktaş won the Turkish Super Cup with a 1-0 win over Galatasaray. Due to the suspension by UEFA of the Turkish national stadium, the qualifying matches for UEFA Euro 2008 against Malta (final score 2–0 to Turkey), against Moldova (5–0 for the Turks) and against Norway (final score 2–2) were also played here.[citation needed]

American football[edit]

The Waldstadion from 1991 to 2007, with a few interruptions, was home stadium for the NFL Europa's Frankfurt Galaxy American Football team. The stadium hosted World Bowl '98, World Bowl 2000 and World Bowl XV in 2007.[citation needed]

Since 2008 the ground has hosted the final of the German Bowl, final match of the German Football League. An average of around 15,000 fans watched the 2008 and 2009 finals.[citation needed]

Naming rights[edit]

As part of a naming sponsorship by Commerzbank AG, the Waldstadion was renamed the Commerzbank-Arena on 1 May 2005 for ten years. Commerzbank will pay around €30 million to the city hosting company as part of the deal. During the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was officially referred to as the FIFA World Cup Stadium Frankfurt, as FIFA rules do not permit commercial naming of stadia.[citation needed]

International Football Tournaments[edit]

1974 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
13 June 1974
17:00
 Brazil
0–0
 Yugoslavia
Group 2
59,000
18 June 1974
19:30
 Scotland
0–0
 Brazil
Group 2
62,000
22 June 1974
19:30
 Scotland
1–1
 Yugoslavia
Group 2
56,000
30 June 1974
16:00
 Poland
2–1
 Yugoslavia
Second Round - Group B
88,000
3 July 1974
16:30
 Poland
0–1
 West Germany
Second Round - Group B
32,000


2005 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
15 June 2005
21:00
 Germany
4–3
 Australia
Group A
46,466
19 June 2005
18:00
 Greece
0–1
 Japan
Group B
34,314
22 June 2005
20:45
 Greece
0–0
 Mexico
Group B
31,285
29 June 2005
20:45
 Brazil
4–1
 Argentina
Final
45,591

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
10 June 2006
15:00
 England
1–0
 Paraguay
Group B
48,000
13 June 2006
15:00
 South Korea
2–1
 Togo
Group G
48,000
17 June 2006
15:00
 Portugal
2–0
 Iran
Group D
48,000
21 June 2006
21:00
 Netherlands
0–0
 Argentina
Group C
48,000
1 July 2006
21:00
 Brazil
0–1
 France
Quarter-finals
48,000

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
30 June 2011
20:45
 Germany
1–0
 Nigeria
Group A
48,817
6 July 2011
18:00
 Equatorial Guinea
0–3
 Brazil
Group D
35,859
13 July 2011
20:45
 Japan
2–0
 Sweden
Semifinal
45,434
17 July 2011
20:45
 Japan
0–0 (3-1 PEN.)
 United States
Final
48,817

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Stade de France
Saint-Denis
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final venue

2005
Succeeded by
Ellis Park Stadium
Johannesburg
Preceded by
Hongkou Stadium
Shanghai
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

2011
Succeeded by
BC Place
Vancouver