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Opposite stand and D-Block 2005
Opposite stand and D-Block (FCS fans) 2005
place Camphauser Strasse 26 66113 Saarbrücken , Germany
Coordinates 49 ° 14 '53.2 "  N , 6 ° 59' 2.2"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 14 '53.2 "  N , 6 ° 59' 2.2"  E
owner City of Saarbrücken
operator Building management of the city of Saarbrücken
start of building August 22, 2018 (new building)
opening August 2, 1953
March 2021 (planned)
Renovations 2016–2021 (planned)
surface Natural grass
costs 46.5 million euros (renovation, planned)
capacity 35,303 places (until 2016)
16,003 places (from 2020)

The Ludwigsparkstadion is a football stadium under renovation in the Malstatt district of the Saarland capital Saarbrücken , which was mainly used for games by the soccer club 1. FC Saarbrücken and the American football team of the Saarland Hurricanes . Since 2015, the extensive Ludwigspark has been converted into a pure football stadium (without an athletics facility ) with stands close to the edge of the field for 46.5 million  euros (originally 16 million euros) . During the renovation work, 1. FC Saarbrücken will play its home games in the Hermann Neuberger Stadium in Völklingen .


The old Ludwigspark

The stadium was opened on August 2, 1953 and with a capacity of 35,303 spectators (8,303 seats) was the largest football stadium in Saarland until the renovation. On March 28, 1954, the Ludwigsparkstadion was the venue for the international match ( World Cup qualification ) of the then independent Saarland against Germany  (1: 3) - in front of a record crowd of 53,000 spectators. On June 5, 1954, the Uruguayan national soccer team made a guest appearance in the stadium and brought the Saarland national soccer team the highest defeat in their international history with a score of 1: 7. It was the last venue on May 29, 1993 for a Bundesliga match between 1. FC Saarbrücken and VfB Stuttgart  (1: 4).

In the 2013/14 season , SV Elversberg played its first five home games in the Ludwigsparkstadion, as the Kaiserlinde Waldstadion was rebuilt.

The new Building

A new stadium is being built within the area of ​​the old Ludwigspark in Saarbrücken. The new building is to hold 16,003 spectators, although a later expansion of the capacity to 18,017 seats is possible. Originally, construction costs of 16 million euros were planned.

The demolition work on the old grandstands began on February 18, 2016 and was completed in autumn 2016. Due to unexpected cost increases, a construction freeze was imposed in spring 2017. The city of Saarbrücken is assuming additional costs of eight million euros. This would bring the total to 28 million euros.

The foundation stone for the new stadium was laid on August 22, 2018 . Completion, together with the new south and east stands, was planned for August 2019. Construction of the four grandstands began in October 2018.

After the Europe-wide invitation to tender for the precast concrete elements, only one offer was submitted which, even after renegotiations, was well above the estimated costs. On October 30, 2018, the Saarbrücken city council approved an award. The total construction cost to be expected rose to EUR 30.5 million, as early 2020 was named as the “completion date to be met” for the stadium. More recent cost estimates were based on a volume of 34 million euros in January 2019 and 38 million euros in February.

On February 19, 2019, the city council approved the financial concept. Two weeks earlier, a special loan of six million euros was rejected. The new Ludwigspark can continue to be built and the city will pay a further eight million euros. It still has to be clarified where the two million euros outstanding by summer 2019 will come from. Due to the cost explosion of the construction project, Peter Strobel ( CDU ), Saarland Minister of Finance, demanded from the city a marketing concept for the new building. Further developments are monitored and permanent reports to the ministry are required.

On June 3, 2019, work began on dismantling the 37 meter high masts of the floodlight system. After a review, the city rejected the plan to renovate the artificial lighting system on site as making little sense. The masts are each dismantled into four parts and repaired by a steel construction company and the corrosion protection renewed. After around a month, the system should be back at the stadium construction site.

Another increase in costs became known at the end of October 2019. The total increased by a further three million euros to 41 million euros. The assembly of the grandstand roofs planned for November has been delayed by a few months. A new date is planned for February 2020. Time-consuming static tests that have to be carried out before the production and installation of the steel components of the roof and the membrane, so the reason. Furthermore, stated the city of Saarbrücken, technical difficulties arose during previous construction work, as a result of which the steel components of the roof had to be adapted. According to Heiko Lukas, Head of Construction, it is currently being checked when Ludwigspark can be used again for the 1st FCS. The club must be able to plan for the coming season.

At the beginning of February 2020, the construction costs had to be revised upwards again. The last-mentioned 41 million euros increased by a further 5.5 million to 46.5 million euros. In addition, completion in summer 2020 is in question. If 1. FC Saarbrücken were promoted to the 3rd football league 2020/21 , the club would be without a suitable stadium. In Saarland, there is no venue that meets the requirements of the league. If the deadline cannot be met, large investments would have to be made in another stadium. It is not possible to move to a stadium in nearby France because the games have to be played in Germany. The license for the third division must be submitted and a stadium named by the beginning of March 2020. The city council approved the additional 5.5 million euros. There were a few mistakes in the planning, which almost tripled the initial costs. The Saarland Broadcasting Corporation has submitted the city council proposal on the basis of which the additional funds were approved. The so-called risk premiums were set significantly too low. A police station in Ludwigspark was apparently not planned at all and now costs 665,000 euros. Originally, the pitch was supposed to be preserved. After a review by an expert, it must be renewed. The cost including the underfloor heating is around 800,000 euros. In addition, 130,000 euros will flow into the cooling systems in the catering trade, 80,000 euros into the fire service radio and 50,000 euros into the fences. The public address system as well as the floodlights should be installed with aerial work platforms . However, this is not possible because the roof height of a grandstand was not taken into account. Overall, the ancillary construction costs rose by 750,000 euros.

Blocks in the old stadium

In the old stadium, the D1 block was the traditional fan block for FCS fans. However, from the 2005/06 season onwards, block E2, under the self-chosen name Virage Est , was declared a fan block by some fan groups . This gave rise to two moods. Blocks C1 and C2 served as guest blocks, whereby C2 was only opened when there was a large crowd. There were seats in the main stand and in the opposite stand. The grandstand there was partially used as a space for wheelchair users.


Panoramic view from Block E (April 2015)


  • Tobias Fuchs: Ludwigsparkstadion - Hermann Neuberger's stadium. In: Werner Skrentny (ed.): The big book of the German football stadiums . New edition. Göttingen 2009, pp. 319-320.

Web links

Commons : Ludwigsparkstadion  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. SV Elversberg invests in the stadium. In: June 11, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013 .
  3. Martin Wichmann: In February 2018 we want to play again - New Ludwigspark is growing and growing! In: Image , December 8, 2016, accessed February 20, 2019 .
  4. a b Renovation of Ludwigsparkstadion ( Memento from September 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Patric Cordier: Stadium renovation is now even more expensive. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung , October 30, 2018, accessed on February 20, 2019 .
  6. Patric Cordier, Stefan Regel: Saarbrücker Stadion is getting more expensive again. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung , January 24, 2019, accessed on February 20, 2019 .
  7. Patric Cordier: Politicians agree on restructuring of the financing. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung , February 14, 2019, accessed on February 20, 2019 .
  8. City council approves financial plan. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung , February 19, 2019, accessed on February 20, 2019 .
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