Uhlenkrug Stadium

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Uhlenkrug Stadium
The main stand in the Uhlenkrugstadion (2010)
The main stand in the Uhlenkrugstadion (2010)
place Am Uhlenkrug 40 45133 Essen , Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 25 '37.1 "  N , 7 ° 1' 8.6"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 25 '37.1 "  N , 7 ° 1' 8.6"  E
owner City of Essen
opening 1922
Renovations 2009
Extensions 1939
surface Natural grass
capacity 9950 seats

The Uhlenkrugstadion (also Uhlenkrug Stadium or Stadion am Uhlenkrug ) is a football stadium with a cinder track in the Stadtwald district of Essen . It is used by the sports club ETB Schwarz-Weiß Essen for home games, currently in the Niederrhein football league . It offers 9,950 seats, of which around 1,400 are covered on the main stand.


The ETB Schwarz-Weiß Essen had the Uhlenkrug stadium built in 1922 after the lease for the previously used sports field at the Meisenburg had not been extended. At that time, 35,000 spectators could be accommodated in the stadium, of which 2000 were seated on a grandstand made of an iron structure. In 1939 the stadium was expanded due to the club's successes. The capacity was then 45,000 spectators, of which 2,400 in the stands. After the Second World War , the local rival Rot-Weiss Essen began to overtake Schwarz-Weiß Essen and took the lead in Essen. As a result, the stadium lost its importance. It was sold to the city of Essen in 1973 for 1.4 million  DM .

Nevertheless, the stadium continued to fall into disrepair, so that in 1975 the DFB closed it for second division games. As a result, Schwarz-Weiß Essen, at that time in the second Bundesliga, had to play its home games in what was then Essen's Grugastadion . Today the Uhlenkrug Stadium has been prepared again so that the games in the NRW League can take place there. Through various renovations such as reducing the standing area, fencing and own entrance to the guest area, etc., the requirements of the association for membership of the NRW League were met.

The record number of spectators in the Uhlenkrugstadion stands at 45,000 visitors. It was achieved in the international match between Germany and Luxembourg on December 23, 1951. Germany won 4-1.

The city of Essen is currently planning to expand and modernize the facility. It is to be supplemented by an artificial turf pitch . The Aschenplatz will also receive artificial turf. The stadium's stands and grass pitch would be renewed. In addition, the Rüttenscheider SC is to receive an artificial turf field, on which the ETB teams and Sportfreunde 07 Essen can train. In return, the sports facility of Sportfreunde 07 in Rüttenscheid would be free for development with apartments. Then the three clubs ETB Schwarz-Weiß Essen, VfL Sportfreunde 07 Essen and Rüttenscheider SC would use the facility. This plan threatens to fail due to the requirements of the Immission Control Act . The game on several courts, especially on Sunday mornings, when everyone is playing at the same time, it would be too loud and unreasonable for the residents. One fears lawsuits against the expansion of the plant. For the expansion, the city would have to submit a new building application , the existing sports facility would no longer be protected in the event of structural changes. The requirements for obtaining the building permit are high. A few years earlier, this had to be found out during the years of legal dispute over the renovation of the Kray Arena, the home of FC Kray . In November 2019, the administration is due to present the final result of the examination to the city council's sports and swimming pool committee. Alternative locations are also to be examined. The administration favors a conversion of the Jedermann sports facility on the Schillerwiese near the Uhlenkrug.


Web links

Commons : Uhlenkrugstadion  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Data on the history and the stadium. In: sw-essen-fussball.de. Black and white food , accessed October 9, 2019 .
  2. Marcus Schymiczek: Uhlenkrug: Stadium expansion threatens to fail due to noise protection. In: nrz.de. Neue Ruhr Zeitung , October 2, 2019, accessed on October 9, 2019 .
  3. Uhlenkrug Stadium: Does the expansion fail due to noise protection? In: stadionwelt.de. October 4, 2019, accessed October 9, 2019 .