|Ohlendorf Stadium in the Heidewald|
|Home game of FSV Gütersloh in the Heidewaldstadion|
|place||Heidewaldstrasse 27 33332 Gütersloh , NRW , Germany
|Coordinates||51 ° 53 '30.4 " N , 8 ° 23' 17" E|
|owner||City of Gütersloh|
(limited to 8,400 spectators)
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The Heidewaldstadion ( officially Ohlendorf Stadion im Heidewald through a sponsorship agreement ) is the largest football stadium in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Gütersloh . It serves primarily as a venue for FC Gütersloh and as an alternative venue for FSV Gütersloh 2009 , which has played its home games in the Tönnies Arena in Rheda-Wiedenbrück since 2012 . The stadium has 12,500 seats. It is currently approved for around 8,400 spectators.
Location and facilities
The Heidewaldstadion is located in the Sundern district on the southern outskirts of Gütersloh. It is named after the small forest area to the west of the stadium. Heidewaldstraße runs south of the stadium , where the VIP parking spaces are also located. There are additional parking spaces on Brunnenstrasse and Lütkeheide . The stadium can be reached from the Gütersloh main station by bus line 205.
Of the 12,500 seats in the Heidewaldstadion, 1,146 are on the covered grandstand and 11,354 on uncovered standing room. The system has four floodlight masts that can generate light in three stages. The floodlights provide 150 lux during training, 400 lux during matches and 950 lux during television broadcasts. The stadium also has three changing rooms, a massage room , a meeting room and a VIP area with a tent. Next to the stadium there is also a training field with natural grass .
Below the standing steps of the Heidewaldstadion, the Gütersloher Schützengesellschaft operates its shooting range with 20 air rifle lanes, ten sports pistol and small-caliber lanes and two small- caliber lanes with a length of 100 meters. Such a facility is unique in Germany.
The site of the Heidewald Stadium was acquired in September 1924 by the Gütersloher Schützengesellschaft for 38,000 Reichsmarks . The shooters built a shooting range and a club house there. Due to the global economic crisis , the shooting society got into financial difficulties and allowed the city of Gütersloh to build a stadium on their premises. Construction work began in April 1932 and was completed a year later. The stadium included a grass pitch surrounded by a 400-meter running track and a changing room. In 1933 the stadium was opened by the Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten and was named Adolf-Hitler- Kampfbahn .
In 1934, excessive curves were built to enable it to be used as a cycling arena. The installation was completely financed and carried out by the Gütersloh-Spexard cycling club . The cyclists were also the stadium's first tenants . In football , the Spiel und Sport Gütersloh club initially played in the stadium, which merged with the German SC Gütersloh to become SV Arminia Gütersloh in the same year the stadium opened . After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the name was changed to Heidewaldstadion . The cycling club did not extend the lease. As the interest in cycling events waned more and more, the raised bends were torn down again in 1950.
For this reason, the curved back-gate stands, which are unusual for pure football stadiums, were created. Also in 1950, after a merger of SV Arminia Gütersloh with the sports association Gütersloh , SVA Gütersloh became the new tenant of the stadium. The SVA set its first attendance record in 1959 when 11,000 spectators watched a friendly against Rot-Weiss Essen . The SVA also had a high number of viewers in friendly matches against Hamburger SV or FC Schalke 04 as well as in the West German Cup against Borussia Dortmund or Preußen Münster .
In 1969 the club DJK Gütersloh rose to the then second-rate Regionalliga West and faced a stadium problem. Their previous venue, Ludwig-Wolker-Platz on Schledebrückstraße, was not suitable for the regional league . SVA, as the leaseholder of the Heidewaldstadion, initially refused the DJK to move into their venue. After long negotiations, the city took over the lease for 50 years on August 1, 1969 and paid the SVA a severance payment . When the SVA also rose to the Regionalliga West two years later, the city of Gütersloh decided to expand the stadium. The conversion took five months and cost two million marks . In the meantime, the SVA moved to the TSG arena in Rheda , while the DJK played their home games in the Brackwede stadium.
On September 15, 1972, the stadium was inaugurated by two-time Olympic champion Heide Rosendahl . With "almost 15,000 spectators", the regional league championship between SVA Gütersloh and Arminia Bielefeld set the record that is still valid today. From 1974 to 1976 the DJK Gütersloh played in the 2nd Bundesliga , before the soccer departments of the SVA and the DJK merged to form FC Gütersloh on May 12, 1978 . This played from 1978 to 1990 and from 1991 to 1995 in the third and fourth class Oberliga Westfalen , before the team reached the 2nd Bundesliga in 1996 after two consecutive promotions.
The Heidewald Stadium was then completely overhauled from autumn 1996 to spring 1997. It received a new sound system and a player tunnel. The standing bars were divided into blocks by fences and a separate entrance was created for the fans of the visiting team. New security regulations required a reduction in capacity to 12,500 spectators. The city bore the costs of 1.3 million marks. A floodlight system was installed the following year. The city and the club shared the cost of 1.7 million marks. In 2001 a manually operated display board was installed.
On January 28, 2014, the Gütersloh city council decided to invest 560,000 euros in the maintenance of the stadium over the next three years, as there have been serious security deficiencies. The capacity should drop to 10,500 places. In the meantime, the demolition of the Heidewaldstadion and a new building on Verler Strasse was also under discussion. In August 2017, the association sold the sponsor name to Energieversum, a Gütersloh-based company in the field of photovoltaics . The contract ran until July 31, 2019, after which it was renamed.
In May 2020, preparatory work began on building a new clubhouse in the Heidewaldstadion. The costs of 1.085 million euros are subsidized by the city of Gütersloh and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia , while FC Gütersloh contributes 200,000 euros.
At the end of July 2020, the venue was given a new sponsor name. The Ohlendorf Group as a long-term advertising partner from the steel wholesale business is the new namesake of the stadium.
As for the 2006 FIFA World Cup , the Portuguese national team in Marienfeld took district, the stadium served as a public training facility of the team. In preparation for the European Football Championship in 2008 , the Turkish national football team also made a guest appearance in Marienfeld and on May 22, 2008, played a training game in the Heidewald Stadium. The stadium was also one of the venues for the 4th World Cup for people with disabilities . The match between Russia and Northern Ireland ended 0-0.
On May 6, 2012, the stadium hosted two records in the women's second division . The 15-0 victory of FSV Gütersloh in 2009 against Mellendorfer TV was the highest victory in the history of the league. This encounter saw 1,502 spectators, which also meant a new visitor record for a second division game. A year later, however, this record was exceeded when 3,050 spectators saw the 3: 3 between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and 1. FC Köln .
In October 2014, the Heidewaldstadion was the venue for the German IPO 2014 championship , the national championship for boxer dogs . Around 3,000 spectators followed the tests of the dogs in the three categories tracking, obedience and protection service.
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- europlan-online.de: Energieversum Stadium in Heidewald - Gütersloh
- ^ Stadium. In: fcguetersloh.com. FC Gütersloh 2000, accessed on July 31, 2020 .
- ↑ a b c d e f g h i Werner Skrentny (Hrsg.): The big book of the German football stadiums . Verlag Die Werkstatt , Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-89533-668-3 , p. 156 .
- ↑ Thorsten Gödecker: Heidewaldstadion has a future. In: nw.de. Neue Westfälische , January 28, 2014, accessed on July 31, 2020 .
- ↑ Uwe Kramme: Heidewaldstadion is now called Energieversum Stadion. In: fupa.net. FuPa , August 2, 2017, accessed July 31, 2020 .
- ↑ The Energieversum Stadium will once again become the Heidewald Stadium. In: fcguetersloh.de. August 1, 2019, accessed July 31, 2020 .
- ↑ Preliminary work for the new FCG building in the Heidewaldstadion begins. In: fcguetersloh.de. May 25, 2020, accessed July 31, 2020 .
- ↑ The Heidewald Stadium becomes the Ohlendorf Stadium in Heidewald. In: fcguetersloh.de. July 30, 2020, accessed July 31, 2020 .
- ^ History of the Heidewaldstadion ( Memento from July 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- ^ Association ( Memento from October 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- ↑ Women: First class! TSG rise to crime against Cologne. In: Achtzehn99.de. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim , May 26, 2013, accessed on July 31, 2020 .