|Aerial photo from the north side from August 8, 2012|
|Sponsor name (s)|
|place||Franz-Böhmert-Strasse 1 28205 Bremen
|owner||Bremen Weser Stadium GmbH|
|operator||Bremen Weser Stadium GmbH|
|First game||SV Werder Bremen - VfL Osnabrück|
|Renovations||1963-1965, 1989, 2005, 2008-2011|
|costs||€ 76.5 million (renovation 2008-2011)|
|Capacity (internat.)||37,441 seats|
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The Weserstadion (also Weser Stadium ; officially since July 2019 through a sponsorship of Wohninvest Weserstadion ) is the soccer stadium of the German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen . It is located in Bremen on the right bank of the Weser in the Pauliner Marsch , a floodplain in front of the Osterdeich in the Ostliche Vorstadt district, Peterswerder district . The fans of the home team mainly gather in the east curve.
After various earlier renovations, the Weser Stadium was last expanded, rebuilt and modernized between 2008 and 2011. Since it was completed at the beginning of the 2011/12 season, it has a capacity of just over 42,000 seats. The stadium is owned by Bremer Weser-Stadion GmbH, half of which is owned by SV Werder Bremen and the city of Bremen.
The first forerunner of the Weser Stadium, a sports field with a wooden stand, was built in 1909 by the General Bremen Gymnastics and Sports Club. With its new building in 1926, it received its first large grandstand, changing rooms and restaurant. The stadium was now called the ABTS-Kampfbahn and from then on was used not only for football games but also for political mass events. The stadium was given its current name for the first time in 1930. Since then, SV Werder Bremen has played its games there. The Bremen sports club from 1906 also played its league games here until 1963. Between 1934 and 1945 the stadium was called Bremer Kampfbahn and mainly served the NSDAP . During the Second World War there were three anti-aircraft batteries. From 1945 it was referred to as the IKE Stadium and used for American team sports. Since its reopening in 1947, it has consistently been called the Weserstadion.
In its long history, the Weserstadion has undergone numerous extensions, conversions and renovations. Although new grandstands increased its capacity, other measures, above all the conversion from standing to seating, counteracted this. Therefore, the capacity of the Weser Stadium from the 1970s to 2002 tended to decrease. Only the most important construction measures are mentioned below:
For the first season of the Bundesliga in 1963, the north straight was roofed over and a new floodlight system was installed.
In 1965 the curved stands with an upper tier were completed as a reward for the first German soccer championship by SV Werder Bremen.
In 1978 the north stand was rebuilt and the floodlight masts erected - at that time the strongest lighting on a European football field.
On May 6, 1980, the German Armed Forces had 1200 recruits made their solemn pledge in the Weser Stadium. The event, which was intended as a festive event on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of NATO accession, provoked counter-demonstrations from left and pacifist groups, which escalated into street battles with the police. A total of around 8,000 demonstrators turned up, around 250 police officers were injured, and the damage to property was also considerable.
In 1992 the Weserstadion became the first stadium in Germany with boxes.
In 1997, the Ostkurve was rebuilt with a five-story shell building including changing rooms, fan shop, office, youth boarding school and Germany's first open-plan box with 700 seats and an attached restaurant. In 1998, underfloor heating was installed in the stadium.
In 2002 the interior of the stadium was lowered by two meters, the 400-meter running track was removed and mobile stands were built over. The capacity of the stadium increased by approx. 8,000 seats to approx. 43,500.
In the opening game of the 2004/05 Bundesliga season , a defective sleeve - an element for connecting power cables - ensured that the power supply to the floodlight masts was restricted. The game Werder Bremen against Schalke 04 could only kick off with a 65-minute delay, Bremen won 1-0.
In 2006 the red seats were replaced by green ones. Since then, the words “Werder Bremen” can be read in white on both straights on the lower tier.
Renovation in 2008
The Pauliner Marsch, in which the Weser Stadium is located, is a local recreation area and has been designated as a floodplain for flood protection. An important main road is located north of the stadium on the Osterdeich . Next to the stadium are the stadium pool , two tennis clubs and a sailing club . The tennis clubs resisted the construction of a third upper tier, as the higher height of the stadium would shade their training grounds. The lease agreement was terminated for the Rot-Gelb tennis club, whose facility is located directly next to the stadium, and a replacement area was offered. The tense traffic situation was also mentioned, as there were too few parking spaces available. There are dense residential developments along the Osterdeich and in the streets adjacent to the north, the residents of which have also reported concerns. During the game days there are always nuisances in the area. Therefore, a traffic concept was also developed for this area.
The initial plans were to increase the capacity to 50,000 places. The floodlight masts would have given way to an installation under the new roof with a third upper tier. This should be equipped with a solar system that generates part of the energy required from solar energy . The solar area was originally planned for a size of up to 20,000 m². The costs were estimated at 40 to 50 million euros. The Pro Weserstadion fan initiative was formed in order to achieve a conversion suitable for fishing .
On April 12, 2007, the building deputation approved the expansion of the stadium, which was then approved by the Bremen Senate on April 17, 2007. The renovation work should begin at the end of December 2007 and be completed by August 2008.
In 2008, SV Werder Bremen decided not to stick to the planned expansion due to increased costs. Since May 2009 the Weser Stadium has been converted into a pure football stadium. The west and east curves moved closer to the playing field. Around 42,500 people can be seated in the stadium.
The location of the stadium in a retention area made additional flood protection measures necessary in connection with the interim expansions.
The expansion with photovoltaic elements on the roof of the north straight took place at the end of 2008. At the beginning of 2009 the last pairs of trusses were installed on the south straight, and the assembly of the new facade on the south straight, which was completed at the end of March 2009, began. The south facade contains photovoltaic cells, which should also be installed in the west and east curve. However, this facade caused complaints because it reflected too much and the lawns in the stadium pool would be burned. The glare effect could also have a disruptive effect on bathers. Shortly before the end of the 2008/09 Bundesliga season, work began on dismantling the roof of the west curve. The roof of the new grandstand was installed by the end of 2009.
The conversion of the east curve began in the summer break 2010. The total area of the photovoltaic cells is 16,000 m².
Weser-Stadion GmbH sold the naming rights in 2007 in order to generate money for the renovation, among other things. The North German utility company EWE paid three million euros annually to the stadium company from 2007 to 2018, but decided not to rename the stadium. In 2019, the company decided to sell the naming rights to the Fellbach real estate group Wohninvest for three million euros annually for ten years . The real estate company had the stadium renamed Wohninvest Weserstadion (original spelling :wohninvest WESERSTADION) on June 1, 2019 . The contract runs until June 30, 2029. The name change triggered major protests in the Bremen fan scene. 600 people demonstrated against the name change with a protest march under the motto “Weserstadion untouchable”. Fan groups suggested, among other things, friendlies as a source of income. A protest leaflet said that identification was not "just a nice side effect of the professional football business, but the reason for its economic success".
Since then, there have been repeated protests against the name change at home games.
Since December 2004, the Werder Bremen Museum , or Wuseum for short, has also been located in the Weser Stadium . This was created in the course of the renovation work on the north stand. In WUSEUM the successes and achieved title issued by Werder. The championship trophy , the DFB Cup and many rare posters, photos and other cups can be seen there. In addition, various exceptional players or other members are honored in special exhibitions.
The traffic situation around the Weser Stadium and the limited space on site were seen as a problem, especially in connection with the expansion in 2008. The only access option is via the Osterdeich, which repeatedly leads to massive traffic obstructions, especially when the fan traffic mixes with the usual rush hour traffic. The location in the Pauliner Marsch allows only very limited expansion measures, for example there is also a lack of adequate VIP parking spaces, which is cited as the main reason why Bremen is often overlooked when hosting international matches. The few parking spaces may only be used by authorized persons with a special ID. On match days, the streets around the stadium are largely closed, only residents are allowed to pass with their cars. For fans arriving there is an extensive shuttle bus system available next to the Weserstadion stop of the Bremen tram , which connects numerous free parking spaces with the stadium. In addition, since 2009 - unique in the Bundesliga - it has been possible to travel by ship. Immediately behind the stadium, a jetty was built, which is operated at regular intervals and enables a comfortable and cozy journey.
The ABTS arena , at the bottom left the stadium pool (photo from 1928)
On May 6, 1980, a public vow outside the barracks area was carried out at the Weser Stadium for the first time after the end of the war . 260 people were injured in violent riots and many company vehicles went up in flames. The property damage was estimated at one million DM .
On June 29, 1985, the international athletics match between Germany and the USA took place in the Weser Stadium. The sports facility has hosted the German athletics championships twice (1983 and 1995) . In 2001 the European Athletics Cup made a stop in the Bremen stadium.
National team in the Weser Stadium
So far ten international matches of the German national soccer team have taken place in the Weser Stadium. The first on May 23, 1939 against Ireland (1: 1); the last so far on February 29, 2012 against France (1: 2). A special incident occurred on April 28, 1999 at the game against Scotland. Due to the failure of the floodlights , the half-time break had to be extended by 15 minutes.
On November 14, 2014, the qualifying game for the European Football Championship 2016 against Gibraltar should take place. On July 25, 2014, the DFB withdrew the game from the city of Bremen and named Nuremberg with the Grundig Stadium as the new venue. The reason for the withdrawal is the dispute over participation in the costs of police operations at soccer games, which the red-green government of the Hanseatic city decided on July 22, 2014.
|May 23, 1939||Ireland||1: 1 (1: 0)||Friendly match||35,000|
|Feb. 27, 1980||Malta||8: 0 (3: 0)||Qualification for the European Championship 1980||38,000|
|4th June 1988||Yugoslavia||1: 1 (0: 1)||Friendly match||13,000|
|2nd June 1992||Northern Ireland||1: 1 (1: 1)||Friendly match||30,000|
|Apr 30, 1997||Ukraine||2: 0 (0: 0)||Qualification for the 1998 World Cup||33,242|
|Apr 28, 1999||Scotland||0: 1 (0: 0)||Friendly match||27,000|
|May 29, 2001||Slovakia||2: 0 (0: 0)||Friendly match||18,000|
|Apr 30, 2003||Serbia and Montenegro||1: 0 (0: 0)||Friendly match||26,000|
|Sep 7 2005||South Africa||4: 2 (1: 1)||Friendly match||28,100|
|Feb. 29, 2012||France||1: 2 (0: 1)||Friendly match||37,800|
On October 12, 1982, the German U-21 national team won the 2nd final of the U-21 European Championship 3-2 in the Weser Stadium against England . Since the first leg was lost 3-1, the title went to England.
Concerts in the Weser Stadium
Numerous international and national artists appeared in the Weserstadion.
|July 30, 1988||Bruce Springsteen|
|June 9, 1990||Tina Turner|
|June 7, 1992||Elton John||Crowded House|
|July 25, 1992||Dire Straits||What (not what)|
|Aug 8, 1992||Michael Jackson|
|June 9, 1993||U2||Die Toten Hosen , Stereo MCs|
|June 18, 1993||Guns N 'Roses||Blind Melon , The Quireboys|
|July 1, 1994||Bryan Adams||Texas , Heroes del Silencio , Jimmy Barnes|
|May 26, 1995||Bon Jovi||Van Halen , Ugly Kid Joe , Die Doofen|
|May 31, 1997||Michael Jackson||Sabrina Setlur|
|June 3, 1997||Michael Jackson||Sabrina Setlur|
|23 Aug 1997||The Kelly Family|
|Sep 2 1998||The Rolling Stones||Big Country|
|May 29, 1999||Marius Müller-Westernhagen|
|June 17, 1999||Bruce Springsteen|
|July 20, 1999||Lionel Richie|
|Sep 2 2000||Bon Jovi||Top loader|
May 11, 2003 |
May 12, 2003
|June 6, 2003||Bon Jovi||live|
|June 16, 2004||Metallica||Slipknot , In Flames|
|June 5, 2006||Depeche Mode||Goldfrapp , The Raveonettes|
|June 25, 2007||Herbert Grönemeyer||Clueso|
In 2012, Radio Bremen reported that concert organizers would refrain from booking the Weser Stadium because it had lost 10,000 audience capacity for such events since the last renovation. In 2016, the operating company submitted plans to the Bremen building authorities, according to which the lost capacity should be regained through a modified escape route concept in order to enable concerts in the stadium again from 2017. The Bremen building authorities approved the plans in March 2017, but set the audience capacity to a maximum of 38,000 visitors. Only three months later, however, the plans had to be put aside: the laying of a hybrid turf on the stadium's playing area made it virtually impossible to use it as a venue for concerts.
- Total: 42,100
- Standing space: approx. 4600
- Total: 37,441 seats
Capacity for concerts
- Total: 38,000
- Playing field: size 105x68 m, hybrid lawn , lawn heating, integrated sprinkling system, drainage system
- Sanitary areas: Men: 68 toilet cubicles, 288 urinals - Women: 132 toilet cubicles - Disabled people: 4 toilet cubicles, 2 toilet facilities outside
- Boxes: 70 (720 seats)
- Open-plan lounges: 1 (700 seats)
- Wheelchair spaces: 127
- Floodlight: 4 floodlight masts, each 61 m high (relative to the playing field), per mast 51 spotlights à 2,000 watts
- Illuminance (1 m above lawn): 1,900 lux
- Display board: Two LED video displays (EXPSport, size approx. 74 m², 6x9 format)
- Total length with facade: 253 m
- Roof height inside: 30.10 m outside: 28 m
- Length of the floodlight masts 39 m
- old roof height 20.50 m
- Harald Klingebiel: The Myth of the Weser Stadium . Verlag die Werkstatt, ISBN 3-89533-501-0 .
- Official website of the Weser Stadium
- Seating plan on the Werder website
- More information about the Weser Stadium
- Conversion of the Weser Stadium Bremen into a football arena on the website of the architecture office
- worldofstadiums.com: Weserstadion
- Jürgen Hinrichs: Banks no longer wanted to participate in the renovation costs. Bremen has to vouch for the Weser Stadium. In: weser-kurier.de. Weser Kurier , July 16, 2011, accessed April 26, 2015 .
- City supports the Weser Stadium . weser-kurier.de, June 10, 2013.
- The history of the Bremen Weser Stadium. In: weserstadion.de. Bremer Weser-Stadion GmbH, accessed on February 27, 2012 .
- Weserstadion Bremen: Arena and property with an eventful history. In: immo-partner.de. Immonet , May 25, 2009; archived from the original on December 11, 2013 ; Retrieved December 6, 2013 .
- Zoff at the "Great Zapfenstreich". In: einestages.spiegel.de. Spiegel Online , accessed December 6, 2013 .
- fussballdaten.de: The 1st matchday of the Bundesliga 2004/2005
- Report in the Weser-Kurier on April 15, 2015, page 7
- Report in Münchner Merkur on June 22, 2009
- Interview with Manfred Müller in: Werder magazine . No. 204, February 14, 2007.
- Welt am Sonntag : Werder goes from David to Goliath , October 29, 2006.
- Radio Bremen: Approval for the stadium expansion ( memento of December 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), April 12, 2007.
- Radio Bremen: Expansion of the Weser Stadium one step further ( Memento from December 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), April 17, 2007.
- West stand plan: against Bavaria covered and fully occupied. In: werder.de. Werder Bremen, November 18, 2009, archived from the original on January 7, 2014 ; accessed on January 9, 2014 .
- weserstadion.de: PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - EWE and swb catch the sun for Werder
- Süddeutsche de GmbH, Munich Germany: 30 million euros: Werder before the stadium name is sold - Sport-News. Süddeutsche Zeitung , May 31, 2019, accessed on August 25, 2020 .
- Pay off the stadium with charity matches - is this fan idea realistic? - buten and inside. Retrieved June 11, 2019 .
- 600 Werder fans demonstrate peacefully against new stadium names - buten un inside. Retrieved June 11, 2019 .
- Dfb.de: All games of the German national team
- weser-kurier.de: DFB withdraws Bremen Gibraltar international game article from July 25, 2014.
- Concert overview on Last.fm , accessed on January 24, 2013.
- Radio Bremen: Bremen Weser Stadium too small for large concerts , message from May 30, 2012 ( Memento from August 5, 2012 in the Internet Archive ); Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- New concept should make concerts possible again, radiobremen.de ( memento from 23 August 2016 in the Internet Archive ), 21 June 2016, accessed on 21 August 2016.
- Green light from the department ( memento from March 23, 2017 in the Internet Archive ), radiobremen.de, March 1, 2017, accessed on March 22, 2017.
- Off for concerts in the Weserstadion, Weser Kurier, June 7, 2017, p. 7.
- weserstadion.de: The equipment of the Weser Stadium in bullet points