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Bielefelder Alm (German pronunciation: [ˈbiːləfɛldɐ ˈʔalm]) is a football stadium in Bielefeld, Germany. The stadium, which has a capacity of 26 515, is owned by the football club DSC Arminia Bielefeld and mostly used for the club's matches. Formerly named Stadion Alm [ˈʃtaːdi̯ɔn ˈʔalm], it is currently known as SchücoArena [ˈʃyːkoːʔaˈʁeːnaː] due to a sponsorship deal with the Bielefeld-based window and solar panel manufacturers.

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View of the Bielefelder Alm from the Southwest
Full nameBielefelder Alm
Former namesStadion Alm
LocationBielefeld, Germany
Coordinates52°01′55″N 8°31′00″E / 52.03194°N 8.51667°E / 52.03194; 8.51667Coordinates: 52°01′55″N 8°31′00″E / 52.03194°N 8.51667°E / 52.03194; 8.51667
OwnerArminia Bielefeld
Capacity26,515[1]
Field size105m x 68m
Construction
Built1926
Opened1 May 1926
Renovated1996–2008
Tenants
Arminia Bielefeld (1926–present)

HistoryEdit

The football ground was opened in 1926, with land acquired from a farmer named Lohmann. The stadium got its former name (Alm) because it did not look like a football stadium in the first years and so one of Arminia's members said that just a few cows were missing in order to look like an Alm (English: alpine grassland). In 1957, it got its grass cover and the first grandstands were constructed.

Until 1971 the stands were all terraced, but with Arminia Bielefeld winning promotion to the Bundesliga, the first stand with seating was constructed. By 1978 3 new stands had been built and the stadiums capacity was 34,222. By 1985 serious structural problems had reduced the capacity to 18,500, and later to 15,000.

RebuildingEdit

 
The northwest corner in Bielefelder Alm

In 1996 rebuilding work began, first the North Stand was rebuilt and then the West Stand, bringing capacity to 22,512. In 1999 the South Stand was rebuilt increasing capacity to 26,601, and in June 2007 the capacity reached 28,008 following completion of the East Stand. The East Stand features a state-of-the-art glass roof that contains photo voltaic elements built into the glass (as opposed to mounted on it) that generate electricity for the club.

SaleEdit

In November 2018, Arminia Bielefeld announced the sale of the stadium to "3BO GmbH" and "STBO GmbH" (each 50 percent) in order to further improve the club's financial situation. Shareholders include Dr. August Oetker KG and Gauselmann AG. However, the club will retain all rights such as rental incomes and naming rights.[2]

TransportEdit

The stadium is well serviced by public transport. The Bielefeld Hauptbahnhof is only a few minutes away using line 4 (The red line) of the Bielefeld Stadtbahn tramway. Stadium parking is provided at Bielefeld University.

Video gamesEdit

Schüco Arena is included in the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, due to lack of licensing rights appearing as "Blautraum Arena".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.arminia-bielefeld.de/startseite/stadion/
  2. ^ "Arminia schließt Sanierung mit Stadionverkauf erfolgreich ab und ist netto-finanzschuldenfrei" (in German). arminia-bielefeld.de. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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