HSH Nordbank Arena

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HSH Nordbank Arena


Full name : HSH Nordbank Arena
Former names : Volksparkstadion (1953-2001), AOL Arena (2001-2007)
FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg (2006 FIFA World Cup)
Location : Hamburg, Germany
Coordinates : 53° 35′ 13.77″ N, 9° 53′ 55.02″
Built : 1951-1953 As Volksparkstadion
Opened : 12 July 1953; 1998 (new stadium)
Surface : grass
Capacity : 57,274
Field dimensions : 105 m x 68 m
Tenants : Hamburger SV(Bundesliga) (2000-present)
Hamburg Sea Devils (NFL Europa) (2005-2007)

HSH Nordbank Arena is the municipal stadium of Hamburg, Germany. It is the
home  ground  of  the  Hamburger   SV  football  team  and  was one of the  12
stadiums used in the 2006 Football World Cup, which hosted four group games
and a quarter final. The arena was known as the Volksparkstadion until 2001
when AOL Time Warner bought the naming rights until July 2007.



HSV actually have nothing to do with the origins of the stadium, even though
they own  the current arena.  Before the club  moved  to the current site they
played at Sportplatz at Rothenbaum. Bahrenfelder Stadion was the first stadium
to  built  on  the  site of the  Volksparkstadion and the  AOL  Arena.  It was
inaugurated on 13 September 1925 with a match between FC Altona 93 and
HSV. In front a crowd of 25,000, HSV lost 2-3. At the time the stadium was also
known as Altonaer Stadion, however it was not the home ground of FC Altona
93 (it was Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn).  Altona  was a large club of  Germany that
has long been surpassed by HSV.

After  a long break the stadium was  finally renovated. Between 1951  and 1953
the stadium was rebuilt. On 12 July the stadium was opened under its new name
Volksparkstadion  (The  People’s Park Stadium).  Most of the building materials
came  from  the  ruins of  Eimsbüttel, a district  of  Hamburg destroyed under
Allied bombing. The new stadium could hold up to 75,000 and continued to be
used for the various sporting events of the city.

In 1963, when HSV qualified for the newly created Bundesliga, they moved into
the  Volksparkstadion,  a stadium that was  both larger and more modern  then
Rothenbaum. At this time, FC Altona missed out on the opportunity and has
struggled ever since. HSV then began to see some success in the Bundesliga and
managed  to  maintain their  status for years to come.  HSV  won titles in  1979,
1982, and 1983.

In  May 1998  HSV  decided to  replace the unpopular  Volksparkstadion  with a
brand new  stadium, not only to  help  Germany get ready to host the  Football
World Cup, but also because it was getting harder and harder to meet the safety
standards with such an old facility. The old stadium was totally demolished and
the new arena was rotated 90° to provide an equal viewing experience for all
the  stands  and  to  take  advantage  of sunlight.  The  estimated cost of the  new
stadium was €90-100 million. The new arena serves both as a football ground
and a concert hall. The capacity of the stadium during club matches is 57,274,
which is reduced to 51.500 during international matches when the standing
sections in the north grandstand are converted into seated areas. The building
permit for the new arena was issued on 30 April 1998. The new stadium got rid
of the track and field facilities that increased the distance between the pitch and
the  stands.  The stadium  was  inaugurated  in  2000  when   Germany   played
Greece; the home  team  won 2-0.  With  the new stadium,  HSV has managed  to
attain  an average  attendance  of 50,000. In 2004  a museum dedicated to  the
history of HSV was opened.

In 2001 AOL bought the naming rights to the Volksparkstadion for 15.3 million
euro.  This contract,  with  HSV,  ran out in 2006  but had a  provision to  be re-
newed.  However,  as in many cases when  naming rights are sold to  corporate
giants, many locals still refer to the stadium by its former name.

On 29  March 2007  the  HSH  Nordbank  bought the naming  rights to the  AOL
Arena for 25 million  € because AOL didn’t renew  this contract.  For  the next 6
years the name will be “HSH Nordbank Arena”.

Thank You For DATA And Image : http://en.wikipedia.org


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