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Entrance to Ostseestadion
Full name Ostseestadion
Former names Ostseestadion (1954-2007)
DKB-Arena (2007-2015)
Location Rostock, MV, Germany
Owner Ostseestadion GmbH & Co. KG
Operator Ostseestadion GmbH & Co. KG
Capacity 17,000 (1954)
25,500 (1991 expansion)
29,000 (2001 expansion)
25,000 (seating)
Field size 105m x 68m
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1953
Opened 4 August 2001[1][2]
Renovated 1991
April 2000-August 2001
Construction cost 55 million DM (2000-2001)
Architect Beyer + Partner, Rostock
F.C. Hansa Rostock

The Ostseestadion, previously known as DKB-Arena, is the home stadium of F.C. Hansa Rostock, a German football club, located in the city of Rostock.

"Ostseestadion" translates in English to "Baltic Sea Stadium", and is named after the Baltic Sea, whose coast Rostock lies upon. Ostseestadion is the original name of the stadium, but on 2 July 2007, Hansa Rostock sold the naming rights for the following 10 years to Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB), hence the new official name became "DKB Arena". In 2015, the club announced that the stadium was to regain its original name, and that the DKB had allowed an early renamning of the stadium and agreed to end the naming contract in advance.[3]


Aerial view of the Ostseestadion.

The Ostseestadion is located in the German city of Rostock in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Within Rostock, it is situated not far from the city centre in the Hansaviertel part of town near several hospitals of the University of Rostock and a small forest called Barnstorfer Wald'. Moreover, an ice hockey stadium as well as several training pitches of Hansa Rostock are just adjacent to the Ostseestadion.

The stadium can be reached easily from all parts of Rostock by public transport, using buses (stop Ostseestadion) or the S-Bahn (stop Holbeinplatz). Public transport is free with a valid ticket for a home match three hours before and two hours after the actual match.


The stadium was newly built in 2001 on the site of a former stadium built in 1954. At the end of the 1960s a new 700 lux lighting system was added, which is still in use today.


The total capacity of 29,000 places includes 1000 "business seats" as well as a standing capacity of 9,000. During international matches the 9,000 standing places can be turned into 5,000 seats thus allowing for an audience of 25,000. Moreover, there are 26 business lounges for premium partners and sponsors.


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26 September 1954
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Poland.svg Poland 0:1 (0:1)
29 June 1958
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Poland.svg Poland 1:1
30 October 1960
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Finland.svg Finland 5:1
09 July 1967
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 7:0
06 September 1970
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Poland.svg Poland 5:0
31 May 1972
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 0:0
23 May 1974
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of Norway.svg Norway 1:0
07 May 1980
Flag of East Germany.svg GDR Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union 2:2
27 March 2002
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Flag of the United States.svg United States 4:2 (1:1)
07 October 2006
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia 2:0 (1:0)


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Coordinates: 54°5′5.82″N 12°5′42.68″E / 54.0849500°N 12.0951889°E / 54.0849500; 12.0951889