|Former names||Städtisches Stadion (1928–1945, 1961–1991)|
Victory Stadium (1945–1961)
Stadion Nürnberg (2012–2013, 2016–2017)
Grundig Stadion (2013–2016)
|Owner||City of Nuremberg|
|Capacity||50,000 (League matches),|
44,308 (International matches)
|Field size||105 × 68 m|
|Construction cost||56.2 million Euros|
|1. FC Nürnberg (1963–present)|
Germany national football team (selected matches)
Since 1966, it has been home stadium to the German Bundesliga club 1. FC Nürnberg. During the 1972 Summer Olympics, it hosted six football matches. In 1967, it hosted the European Cup Winners' Cup final between Rangers and Bayern Munich. Bayern won 1–0.
Originally it was known as the Städtisches Stadion [ˈʃtɛtɪʃəs ˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn] (English: Municipal Stadium) until 1945, when it was renamed Victory Stadium. In 1961, it returned to its original name until 1991, when it received the name Frankenstadion [ˈfʁaŋkŋ̍ˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn].
On 14 March 2006, the stadium was renamed easyCredit-Stadion [iːziˈkʁɛdɪtˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn] for a period of five years, after a sponsorship deal with the German bank DZ Bank. Many fans of the 1. FC Nuremberg, led by the "Ultras Nuremberg" introduced on 1 April 2006, held demonstration against the name and symbolically renamed the stadium with its current name, in honour of one of the best players in the club's history, Max Morlock. On 14 February 2013, the stadium was renamed Grundig Stadion (pronounced [ˈɡʁʊndɪç ˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn] or [ˈɡʁʊndɪk-]), after a sponsorship deal with Grundig.
In July 2016, the stadium's name changed back to Stadion Nürnberg after the city of Nuremberg could not find a new sponsor. From 1 July 2017, the stadium's name officially became Max-Morlock-Stadion.
The available facilities at the stadium include two changing rooms for players, changing rooms for coaches, referees. Also physician and treatment rooms are available. A 300 m² press area, an area for press conferences, and three TV studios make the stadium a truly modern one. 1200 m² makes up the VIP area with room for 800 guests. To compensate for the large number of seats there are 15,000 parking spaces with 205 for VIPs.
The stadium also has track and field facilities that follow international regulation. A full sprinkler system, that feeds the grass with rain water. The pitch is also heated, and lit with a floodlight system. There are two 60 m² video walls that provide video to the fans. There is also a full power back up system, powered by diesel generators.
Beginning in 1933, the National Socialists began to use the stadium as a marching area for the Hitler Youth. The fourth Deutsche Kampfspiele, one of the biggest events organized by the Nazi Sports Body, took place in this stadium from 23–29 July 1934.
Following 1963, the stadium was reconditioned multiple times, so that it could meet the requirements for football in the Bundesliga.
Max-Morlock-Stadion has been renovated twice, firstly from 1988 to 1991, and then again in 2002, to be ready in time for both the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 World Cup. The 2002 renovation cost €56.2 million which was split between the city of Nürnberg, the State of Bavaria and the building society, which managed the stadium. This modernisation (designed and realized by HPP Architects) increased the capacity to 48,548 by extending the southwest and northwest grandstand. The playing field was lowered by 1.30 metres in order to provide all seats with an unrestricted view of the field. The Max-Morlock-Platz was developed as a place for fans to meet and enjoy something to eat; the total area of this place is 1,000 metres. In the summer of 2012, the capacity was increased to 50,000.
The Monsters of Rock Tour 1984, originally planned on the Zeppelinfield, took place in the Städtisches Stadion.
Rock im Park takes place at this stadium.
- Bus stop Max-Morlock-Platz, right in front of the stadium. Serviced by Bus line 55
- Frankenstadion station, about 400 Meters (1300 ft) or a 5-minute walk from the stadium. Serviced by S-Bahn line S2
- Dutzendteich station and tramway stop, about 1300 m (4000 ft) or a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Services by Bus lines 55 and 65, Tramway line 6 and S-Bahn line S2
- Messe subway station, about 1800 m (5500 ft) or a 15-minute walk from the Stadium. Serviced by U-Bahn (Subway) lines U1 and U11
During mass sports and entertainment events, such as Bundesliga games or the annual Rock im Park festival, additional S-Bahn trains running between main station and Frankenstadion station are being put into service. Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Frankenstadion station had the length of its existing platform doubled and an additional platform built for that purpose.
2006 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The following games were played at the stadium during the tournament:
|Date||Time (CET)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Spectators|
|11 June 2006||18:00||Mexico||3–1||Iran||Group D||41,000|
|15 June 2006||18:00||England||2–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Group B||41,000|
|18 June 2006||15:00||Japan||0–0||Croatia||Group F||41,000|
|22 June 2006||16:00||Ghana||2–1||United States||Group E||41,000|
|25 June 2006||21:00||Portugal||1–0||Netherlands||Round of 16||41,000|
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