Skatbank arena

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Skatbank arena
The skatbank arena in 2010
The skatbank arena in 2010
Earlier names

Lenin Stadium
Waldstadion (until 2009)

place GermanyGermany04600 Altenburg , Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 58 '12 "  N , 12 ° 26' 6.9"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 58 '12 "  N , 12 ° 26' 6.9"  E
owner City of Altenburg
opening 1957
First game 1957
surface Natural grass
capacity 25,000 seats
playing area 105 m × 69 m

The Skatbank-Arena (former Lenin Stadium or Waldstadion ) is a football stadium in the Thuringian city ​​of Altenburg with a capacity of 25,000 spectators. It is used by the SV Motor Altenburg football club as the home game venue and is the largest stadium in the Free State of Thuringia.


In 1957 the stadium , which was then named after Lenin , was inaugurated on the occasion of the 3rd district sports and culture festival. In 1963, 25,000 spectators came to the FDGB Cup final between Zwickau and Zeitz. The stadium was also packed to the brim with 25,000 spectators at the international junior match between Germany and Spain (1969, as part of the UEFA youth tournament). The league games of Motor Altenburg (1970-1980) visited 7,000 to 10,000 fans. From 1969 to 1988 a total of nine international matches were played in the Lenin Stadium. Another highlight was the 1997 friendly match between Motor Altenburg and DFB Cup winner Werder Bremen (2: 8).

With the renaming to Waldstadion , the city administration carried out numerous renovation work at the end of the 1990s. The stadium building, the trusses and the sanitary facilities were renewed. In the summer of 2006, the city of Altenburg handed over a new social wing to the users. The entire area includes two football stadiums that are directly connected to each other. The old stadium with 10,000 seats also has a hard court. In the south there is another sports field, which, however, is not used by Motor Altenburg.

On July 21, 2007 the 50th anniversary of the Waldstadion was celebrated, almost 1,500 spectators came to the game Motor Altenburg against FC Sachsen Leipzig , which Leipzig won 6-1.

On January 29th, 2009 the mayor of Altenburg Michael Wolf and Raik Romisch, board member of the Skatbank, sealed the renaming of the well-known Altenburger Waldstadion in "Skatbank-Arena".

The German Skatbank that law as a branch of the local VR-Bank Altenburger Land eG is performed want to completely use up 2015, the sponsorship money paid for the renovation of the stadium, to meet the requirements of a modern sports facility.

On August 7th, 2009 the opening game of the Thuringian League took place in the Skatbank-Arena , the district derby against SV Schmölln was the most popular opening game in the history of the Thuringian League with 1,300 spectators.

In the round of 16 of the Thuringian State Cup, Motor Altenburg lost 4-0 against FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt from the 3rd division in front of 2,300 spectators on October 9, 2010 .

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