Weserstadion

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Weserstadion
Weserstadion logo.png
Weserstadion
Weserstadion in 2015
Full name Weserstadion
Location Bremen, Germany
Capacity 42,100 (League Matches),[1][2]
37,441 (International matches)[2][3]
Field size 105 × 68 m
Surface grass
Construction
Opened 1909
Renovated 1963–1965, 1989, 2002, 2004, 2008-2011
Tenants
Werder Bremen

The Weserstadion (German pronunciation: [ˈveːzɐˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn]) is a multi-purpose stadium in Bremen, Germany. The Weserstadion is scenically situated on the north bank of the Weser River and is surrounded by lush green parks (the name 'Werder' is a regional German word for “river peninsula”). The city center is only about a kilometer away. It is the home stadium of German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

It presented a bid to be a host city in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was ultimately turned down.

Legendary artists that have performed at the stadium include Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses, Tina Turner and Van Halen, among others.

The stadium originally included an athletics track, but that was partially removed in 2002 when the pitch was sunk by 2.1 metres and the stands at the straights were lengthened to the new pitch. With this the capacity rose with about 8.000 places. [4] In 2004 four office towers were built behind the north stand. These towers offer a restaurant and offices for the club and local companies.

Starting in 2008 the stadium was completely rebuilt. The facade was coated with photovoltaic panels and a new roof was built on top of the old roof supporting structure (the old roof itself was torn down). Both ends (east and west) were torn down and rebuilt parallel to the endline of the pitch, removing what was left of the old athletics track.

International football matches[edit]

Date Home Away Result Competition Attendance
May 23, 1939  Germany  Ireland 1:1 (1:0) Friendly 35.000
February 27, 1980  West Germany  Malta 8:0 (3:0) UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying 38.000
June 4, 1988  West Germany  Yugoslavia 1:1 (0:1) Friendly 13.000
June 2, 1992  Germany  Northern Ireland 1:1 (1:1) Friendly 30.000
April 30, 1997  Germany  Ukraine 2:0 (0:0) 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification 33.242
April 28, 1999  Germany  Scotland 0:1 (0:0) Friendly 27.000
May 29, 2001  Germany  Slovakia 2:0 (0:0) Friendly 18.000
April 30, 2003  Germany  Serbia and Montenegro 1:0 (0:0) Friendly 26.000
September 7, 2005  Germany  South Africa 4:2 (1:1) Friendly 28.100
February 29, 2012  Germany  France 1:2 (0:1) Friendly 37.800

A UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Gibraltar was scheduled to be played at the stadium on November 14, 2014, but it was later moved to Frankenstadion in Nuremberg after a clash between German Football Association and the State of Bremen over the cost of police. [5]

Gallery[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weser-Stadion". werder.de (in German). SV Werder Bremen GmbH & Co KGaA. n.d. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Die Kapazität der 18 Bundesliga-Stadien". RP Online (in German) (Düsseldorf: RP Digital GmbH). n.d. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stadionplan". weserstadion.de (in German). Bremer Weser-Stadion GmbH. n.d. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.weserstadion.de/weser-stadion/historie/
  5. ^ http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9394456/germany-to-play-gibraltar-in-nuremberg-and-not-bremen-in-november

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Coordinates: 53°3′59.02″N 8°50′15.46″E / 53.0663944°N 8.8376278°E / 53.0663944; 8.8376278