Hoheluft Stadium

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Hoheluft Stadium
place GermanyGermany Eppendorf , Hamburg-Nord , Hamburg
Coordinates 53 ° 35 '14 "  N , 9 ° 58' 11"  E Coordinates: 53 ° 35 '14 "  N , 9 ° 58' 11"  E
owner SC Victoria Hamburg
operator SC Victoria Hamburg
opening September 1907
First game SC Victoria Hamburg - VfB Leipzig 5-2
Renovations 2008
surface artificial grass
capacity 11,000; approved 8000, of
which 999 seats

The Hoheluft Stadium is a stadium built in Hamburg in 1907 . Despite its name, the stadium is located within the Hamburg-Nord district in the Eppendorf district . The Hamburg league club SC Victoria Hamburg plays its home games here. The stadium is one of the oldest and most traditional venues in German football. Between 1911 and 1940, five international matches were played in the Hoheluft Stadium.


Before the construction of this stadium, SC Victoria played on the Heiligengeistfeld from 1895 to 1904 and on the Radrennbahn on Grindelberg from 1904 to 1907, where the Hoheluftbrücke underground station is now. Since the club grew rapidly and was able to achieve great sporting successes, B. the first North German championship in 1906, it was decided to build their own property in order to be able to host the home games there. The stadium was inaugurated in September 1907 with a game against the then German champions VfB Leipzig . Victoria won 5-2.

The Holstein Kiel championship team in the Hoheluft Stadium in Hamburg

In 1909 the grandstand was completed. This also made the stadium attractive for international matches and finals for the German championship. In 1911 the German national team lost 3-1 to Sweden in their first international match on the Hoheluft. The final of the German championship in 1912 between Holstein Kiel and Karlsruher FV (1-0) was attended by 10,000 spectators in the Hoheluft stadium.

The main stand burned down in 1921; the cause was probably arson. The grandstand was rebuilt, this time the base was made of concrete. This hallmark of the stadium was renovated in the late 1970s and 1985. There is now a strict ban on smoking in this grandstand. In the 1920s and 1930s Victoria made a lot of money renting the space. There were z. B. Boxing matches or the ATSB club FTSV Lorbeer Rothenburgsort played here. In 1929 and 1931 the final of the workers' championship was played here. SC Lorbeer won both times, in 1929 15,000 and in 1931 even 20,000 spectators attended the game. But that did not mean that the club was politically left-wing: in 1932 the space was rented to the NSDAP for one evening , and 50,000 people came to listen to a speech by Hitler .

After the Second World War , the great times of Victoria came to an end, and first-class football was played for the last time in the 1953/54 season. The attendance record also dates from the post-war period: on June 13, 1948, 37,000 people watched the final of the championship of the British Zone between Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli (6: 1).

Entrance with ticket booth in the club colors of SC Victoria

Due to the sporting decline of SC Victoria, the capacity of the stadium was reduced several times, also because the adjacent UKE Eppendorf was enlarged. The Martini sports field, the next to the stadium, also fell victim to this.

Today, compared to earlier times, only comparatively few spectators come to the home games of the SC, which - as three championship titles in a row show, however, quite successfully - plays in the fifth-rate football league Hamburg . Once a year, the stadium is still extremely well frequented, namely when the final of the Hamburg Cup is played here, the winner of which moves into the DFB Cup . In 2005 and 2006, the participation of FC St. Pauli in the final attracted 6,000 spectators.

For the 2008/09 season, the stadium was renovated with financial support from the Hanseatic City Sports Office and adapted to the requirements of the DFB for the regional soccer league . The Hamburg club Altonaer FC from 1893 played its home games here during this season .

The Hamburg Eagles played their home games in the Hoheluft Stadium until 2007 and from 2011 to 2014 the second team of FC St. Pauli also played their home games here in the Regionalliga-Nord . In addition, the Hamburg amateur representatives often play their home games in the DFB Cup at the Hoheluft.

Since 2008, kicking with a heart has been taking place regularly in the Hoheluft Stadium. In a charity game in favor of the UKE's Children's Heart Medicine , the Hamburg Allstars team will meet musicians, artists, TV stars and athletes against the UKE's medical team, the Placebo Kickers Hamburg .

In 2017, the pitch was converted from natural turf to artificial turf suitable for regional leagues. During this time, SC Victoria played 17 away games in a row.

Hoheluft Stadium (2013)


Standing ranks in the west curve.
Main grandstand of the Hoheluft Stadium.

The main stand is considered a showpiece. Today it is approved for exactly 999 spectators and is a symbol for SC Victoria. The roof of the grandstand is still made of wood, reinforced with corrugated iron, the base is made of concrete. The grandstand is one of the last to be built in the style of the 1920s and is still in use. Below the grandstand is the clubhouse with a small restaurant, the "Victoria-Klause". For a number of years, this was led by former Bundesliga player Walter Frosch .

The area to the right of the grandstand (Block A) is reserved for the medical and security forces during regional league games. In block B, to the left of the grandstand, there are standing cross beams, as well as in the guest block D on the back straight and in the west curve (block C). In the east, a fence has been forming the border to the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center since 1968 . The former main entrance at Martinistraße / corner of Lokstedter Steindamm serves as the entrance for guest fans during regional league games, while the grandstand entrance at Lokstedter Steindamm is reserved for local spectators. Only the grandstand entrance is open at the home games of the Hamburg Oberliga. The entire stadium is designed in the style of the club's blue and yellow colors.

International matches in the stadium

In 1911 the first of five international matches was played in the stadium. The guest was Sweden. In the goal stood Adolf Werner , goalkeeper of SC Victoria. Sweden won 3-1. The German team played mostly unhappy when they were a guest at the Hoheluft stadium. There were only two narrow wins, one of them in the last international match against Denmark in 1940. The day before, Hamburg had experienced the first British air raid. Despite the danger of being hit by bombs, 28,000 spectators came and additional stands had to be built. The propaganda sounded: The Danish guests saw what sources of strength the German people have when they can hold a large event in a dignified setting in the middle of the decisive phase of the war. The victory was achieved through a goal by the later national coach Helmut Schön . From now on, all of Hamburg's other international matches were played in the Volksparkstadion .

International matches in the Hoheluft stadium
Sunday October 29, 1911
German EmpireThe German Imperium German Empire - SwedenSwedenSweden  1: 3 Spectators: 9,000
Sunday October 26, 1913
German EmpireThe German Imperium German Empire - DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  1: 4 Spectators: 15,000
Thursday May 10, 1923
German EmpireGerman Empire German Empire - NetherlandsNetherlandsNetherlands  0-0 Spectators: 25,000
Sunday 4th November 1923
German EmpireGerman Empire German Empire - NorwayNorwayNorway  1-0 Spectators: 20,000
Sunday November 17, 1940
German Reich NSGerman Reich (Nazi era) German Empire - DenmarkDenmarkDenmark  1-0 Spectators: 28,000


  • Andreas Meyer, Volker Stahl, Uwe Wetzner: Football Lexicon Hamburg . Die Werkstatt , Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-477-1 (396 pages).
  • Werner Skrentny: Northern Germany's first grandstand In: The big book of German football stadiums. Göttingen 2001 (The workshop) ISBN 3-89533-306-9

Web links

Commons : Stadion Hoheluft  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. fussifreunde.de: Premiere: Vicky for the first time on new ground at the Hoheluft (December 1, 2017) , accessed on December 24, 2017.