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Full name Vonovia-Ruhrstadion
Former names SuS-Sportplatz an der Castroper Straße (1911–1919)
TuS-Sportplatz an der Castroper Straße (1919–1921)
Stadion an der Castroper Straße (1921–1979)
Ruhrstadion (1979–2006)
rewirpowerSTADION (2006–2016)
Location Castroper Straße 145, 44791 Bochum, Germany
Owner VfL Bochum
Operator VfL Bochum
Capacity 29.299
Field size 105 × 68 m
Surface grass
Built 1921
Opened 8 October 1911[2]
Renovated 1997
Expanded March 1976 – July 1979
VfL Bochum (1938–)
TuS Bochum (1919–1938)
SuS Bochum (1911–1919)

Vonovia-Ruhrstadion, also formerly known as rewirpowerSTADION [ʁeˈviːɐ̯paʊ.ɐˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn] (or, rarely, [ʁəˈviːɐ̯-]) due to a sponsorship deal, is a football stadium in Bochum, Germany. It is the home ground for the VfL Bochum and has a capacity of 29,299.


In 1911 the Spiel und Sport Bochum leased a meadow from a local farmer as their new home ground.[3] The club played the first match at the new venue against the VfB Hamm in front of 500 spectators.[3] The TuS Bochum did not build a statium until after World War I as late as 1921.[3]

The stadium has a capacity of 29,299 people.[4] The original capacity was over 50,000 but was decreased by numerous modifications.[3]

The stadium was expanded between March 1976 and July 1979 and the first game was between the VfL Bochum and SG Wattenscheid 09 on 21 July 1979.[4] This expansion could technically count as a complete rebuild; it is officially an expansion due to legal reasons.[5]

David Bowie performed at the stadium during his Serious Moonlight Tour on 15 June 1983.

The stadium hosted a UEFA Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Rangers in December 1992 because the teams weren't able to play in Moscow for weather reasons.[6]

In 2006, a five-year naming rights deal was struck with Stadtwerke Bochum to rename the stadium "rewirpowerSTADION".[7]


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Coordinates: 51°29′23.57″N 7°14′11.56″E / 51.4898806°N 7.2365444°E / 51.4898806; 7.2365444