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Parkstadion was a multi-purpose stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is no longer used to host any major events. The stadium was built in 1973 and hosted five matches of the 1974 FIFA World Cup. It had a capacity of 62,109 with seats for 45,067.
|Capacity||62,004 (league matches)|
55,877 (international matches)
|Broke ground||August 29, 1969|
|Opened||August 4, 1973|
|FC Schalke 04 (1973–2001)|
Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour on September 4, 1988 and during his HIStory World Tour on June 15, 1997. He also scheduled to perform at the stadium on September 6, 1992 on his Dangerous World Tour, but was cancelled due to ill health.
The stadium also played host to two Euro 88 fixtures (Germany v Denmark, and The Netherlands v the Republic of Ireland), as well as the first leg of the 1997 UEFA Cup final between Schalke and Internazionale.
The last competitive football match played in the stadium was a Bundesliga fixture between Schalke and SpVgg Unterhaching on May 19, 2001. The match was attended by approximately 65,000 people. At the end of the match, after a difficult win against SpVgg Unterhaching (5–3), and thanks to a last minute goal scored by Hamburg SV against Bayern Munich (1–0), the crowd celebrated Schalke 04's first Bundesliga title. But Patrik Andersson equalized in the additional time for Bayern (90+4), who retained the title and instantly killed the joy of the fans celebrating in Parkstadion.
The stadium is now partly demolished and the Jumbotron that was placed atop of the northern stand was donated to Erzgebirgsstadion in Aue, where it was installed during the renovations of the stadium in 2004.