Stadium on Gellertstrasse
|Stadium on Gellertstrasse|
|Aerial view of the stadium 2018|
|Sponsor name (s)|
|place||Gellertstrasse 09130 Chemnitz , Germany
|owner||City of Chemnitz|
|operator||Real estate and building management company (GGG)|
|start of building||
July 31, 1933
January 23, 2014
May 13, 1934
August 2, 2016
May 13, 1934
PSV Chemnitz - SpVgg Fürth 5: 1
June 18, 2016
Chemnitzer FC - City selection Chemnitz 10: 1 (unofficial)
August 2, 2016
Chemnitzer FC - Borussia Mönchengladbach 0: 1 (official)
|Renovations||1989, 1998–1999, 2009, 2014–2016 (conversion)|
|costs||approx. 27 million euros (renovation 2016)|
|architect||BAM Sports GmbH (general contractor)
agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH (architect Dr. Stefan Nixdorf)
assmann architects GmbH (consulting and planning)
The stadium on Gellertstraße (spelling Stadion - An der Gellertstraße ) is a football stadium in the Saxon city of Chemnitz . It is the home ground of the Chemnitzer FC football club . The stadium was opened in 1934 as a stadium on Planitzstrasse and was named Dr. Kurt Fischer Stadium from 1950 after the politician Kurt Fischer (popularly known as "Fischerwiese") before it was given its current name in 1990 for the first time. The stadium was rebuilt between 2014 and 2016.
Until the demolition in 2014, the stadium officially held 18,700 spectators. The covered main grandstand had two seating blocks (blocks A, C) for 540 visitors and a standing block (B) for 1,630 spectators. The remaining seven standing blocks were numbered from 1 to 7 clockwise, with block 2 being for the guests. It had a lawn, lawn heating , a sprinkler system and a floodlight system .
Located in the north-east of Chemnitz, in the Sonnenberg district, the stadium grounds can be easily reached with the 51 city bus (stop at Stadion Gellertstraße). The walk from the main train station is around 15 minutes. From the motorway A 4 , the stadium is five kilometers away.
History until 2011
On July 31, 1933, construction of the stadium began on a former riding arena. The completed stadium on Planitzstrasse (today's Heinrich-Schütz-Strasse) was inaugurated on May 13, 1934 with the friendly game PSV Chemnitz against SpVgg Fürth (5: 1) in front of 25,000 spectators. Until the end of the Second World War it served as the home stadium for PSV. After the war, SG Chemnitz Nord, the forerunner of the later FC Karl-Marx-Stadt , took over the use. By resolution of the city council, the stadium was renamed the Dr. Kurt Fischer Stadium on July 13, 1950 after the communist politician and Saxon Minister of the Interior, Fischer, who died shortly before . On November 5, 1966, in the league game between FC Karl-Marx-Stadt and ASK Vorwärts Frankfurt (3: 2), the post-war record number of spectators was set up with 28,000 visitors.
From the mid-1960s, FC Karl-Marx-Stadt occasionally played its home games in the larger Ernst-Thälmann-Stadion (today the Sportforum ). In 1989 the grandstand of the Dr. Kurt Fischer Stadium was given a roof, which was used for the first time on October 22nd in the Bundesliga match between FCK and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig . When Chemnitzer FC played in the 2nd Bundesliga in the early 1990s , they too left the venue, which has since been renamed the stadium on Gellertstrasse, in the direction of the Sportforum. Since the extensive renovation that took place in 1998/99, CFC has been using the stadium on Gellertstrasse again and again. The modernized stadium was inaugurated on August 13, 1999 with the second division game CFC against Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-0) fully occupied with 12,500 spectators. On November 22, 1999, the new floodlight system was put into operation in the game against 1. FC Köln . In 2009, the stadium was equipped with underfloor heating and a sprinkler system as part of the renovation .
On October 5, 2011, the Chemnitz city council voted 35:19 to rebuild the stadium. After the protest of some members of the pirate party , due to the bias of three city councilors and the subsequent examination by the state management, the new building was confirmed again in a second vote on November 7, 2011 with 33:21 votes. The costs are expected to amount to around 23 to 25 million euros.
The last batch on Gellertstrasse before the new building took place on January 15, 2014. Chemnitzer FC met second division club 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a friendly . Despite chances on both sides, the farewell performance in front of 4,805 spectators ended in a 0-0 draw. After the end of the game there was a countdown and the spectators shouted "Lights out", after which the stadium was wrapped in darkness at 20:20. Then fireworks lit up Gellertstrasse . The construction work for the new stadium with 15,000 seats (9,000 seats and 6,000 standing places) began on January 23, 2014 with the groundbreaking ceremony . The stadium was gradually renovated so that the CFC could continue playing and 10,000 seats remained available.
At the end of May 2016, the opening of the new stadium was announced on August 2, 2016. On June 18, 2016 was a day of open house open to the public. Around 50,000 interested visitors came to see the football stadium, which was built for around 27 million euros. In a final soccer game over 2 × 30 minutes, the CFC beat a Chemnitz city selection with 10: 1. On August 2, 2016, the stadium was officially opened with a game against Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of 14,486 spectators, which the guests won 0-1.
From August 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, the Chemnitz-based software company community4you AG was the stadium's name sponsor . The contract to be named community4you ARENA , which was concluded until 2021, expired due to relegation to the regional league. After the sponsorship expired, the stadium was officially called the Chemnitz Stadium . At the beginning of December 2018, it was given the name Stadion an der Gellertstrasse in the proper spelling Stadion - An der Gellertstrasse zurück. The new spelling is intended to ensure that the addition “An der Gellertstrasse” can be retained in the event that the stadium name is re-marketed in the future.
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