Volksparkstadion (also referred to as Hamburg Arena) is a football stadium located in Bahrenfeld, Hamburg, Germany. It is the home of Hamburger SV. The Volksparkstadion was one of the playing venues of the 2006 World Cup, during which it hosted four group matches and the quarter-final between Italy and Ukraine (3-0).
The stadium also hosted the heavyweight unification boxing match between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye on 2 July 2011. Klitschko won by unanimous decision. The stadium sold out.
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Volksparkstadion, also referred to as Hamburg Arena, got built on the site of the old stadium with the same name, but with the pitch turned 90 degrees. Building works started in July 1998, and as the old stadium was gradually demolished and replaced with the new one, HSV kept playing their home games at the stadium.
The new Volksparkstadion was completed in August 2000. It first received the sponsor name AOL Arena, which it kept until 2007, was renamed HSH Nordbank Arena between 2007 and 2010, and then received the sponsor name Imtech Arena until 2015. During the World Cup and other events where the sponsor name could not be used, the stadium went with the name Hamburg Arena.
The stadium is built in a bowl of continuous seating, meaning that the corners are filled in. There are two tiers throughout the ground separated by a row of executive boxes, but in the Ost Tribune part of the tiers are separated by a larger VIP area.
The roads around the Volksparkstadion are particularly full on matchday and there are limited parking spaces so therefore its better to use the public transport network. The Volksparkstadion is in the north-west of Hamburg, slightly more than 7 kilometres from Hamburg’s city centre.
The stadium lies just a kilometre away from the A7 motorway (which crosses Hamburg north-south) and is thus easily reached by car. Take the exit Hamburg-Volkspark and follow the signs to the stadium.
If using public transport, the stadium is best reached by overground metro (S-Bahn). Stops Stellingen and Eidelstedt both lie reasonably close to the arena, approximately 15 minutes walking. They can be reached with line S3 and S21. Both lines pass Hamburg’s central station and can be taken from several places in the city centre.
On matchdays there are shuttle buses that run from station Stellingen to the stadium from about 2 hours before the match. There is also a shuttle service from the farther away Othmarschen station, which is on S-Bahn line S11.
The Volksparkstadion lies tucked in between the Volkspark, a cemetery, and an office park. While the Volkspark is pleasant on a nice summer day, there is little around in terms of eating and drinking, which can therefore better be done in Hamburg’s city centre.
I have been to Volksparkstadion once and this was for a stadium tour.
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