• Games of FC Carl Zeiss Jena
  • Games of FF USV Jena

The Ernst -Abbe- sports field is a sports facility in Jena. It was inaugurated on August 24, 1924 after two years of construction, and in 1939, named the 15th anniversary of the inauguration, after the physicist Ernst Abbe and social reformer. The football and athletics stadium in the Ernst -Abbe- Sport Field is home of FC Carl Zeiss Jena and FF USV Jena. Owner of the stadium is the city of Jena. She had acquired the site in 1991 from the collection of Carl- Zeiss -Stiftung Jena.


The stadium is located together with other football, fist ball and hockey courts and a throwing area south of the center of Jena, directly on the river Saale.

It had a built in 1974 and refurbished in 1995 floodlights with four hollow steel masts. The masts had to be removed due to decay in July 2013. The scoreboard was installed in 1978, the first electronic scoreboard in the GDR. It was in the spring of 2005, irreparably damaged by a lightning strike and during the summer break in 2006 replaced by a new video board that at the Fan Fest in Nuremberg was previously during the World Cup 2006. Due to requirements for the DFL stages of the second division a soil heating and a video surveillance system was installed in the summer of 2007 and the pitch slightly enlarged to the specified dimension of 105 m length and 68 m width.

Spectator capacity

The stadium had a seating capacity of over 15,000 seats, of which 9572 seats. In 1997, the 420 spectators bidding old wooden grandstand was demolished in 1924 and replaced by a modern grandstand provides 4020 covered seats. The spectator capacity should be increased by the construction of a new main stand permanently at over 15,000 locations; this was initially built as a temporary solution at the beginning of the 2007/08 season, a mobile tubular steel stand behind the existing backstretch. This was end of May 2009 dismantled, and the capacity was reduced to 12,630 spectators.

The attendance record dates from 1962. Spite of the then official capacity of 20,000 spectators, found in the European Cup semi-final against Atlético Madrid 27,500 visitors the way to the stadium. The reunification record was set on 27 January 2009 in the second round of the DFB Cup against FC Schalke 04. The creation of additional grandstand in front of 17,600 spectators visited Nordkurve the game.


The Czech Jan Zelezny threw here on 25 May 1996 still valid world record in the javelin throw ( 98.48 m).


On November 9, 1976 after a match of FC Carl Zeiss front of 16,000 spectators in the crowded stadium against 1 FC Kaiserslautern, died a 19 -year-old, as a pillar umknickte. The bulk of the fans after the final whistle had tried to force open a door to the outside and stomped on the victim who did not survive the incident.

During the floods in Central Europe in 2013, the sports field was completely flooded. On April 14, 1994, the stadium was already completely under water. After the flood resulted in a corrosion and structural analysis of the four floodlight towers that their stability is no longer guaranteed due to rust damage. After an appropriate report on July 10, 2013 was filed with the Municipal Property owner Jena, the stadium was including his closest blocked until the dismantling of masts with immediate effect. The "Giraffe " ( floodlights ) were torn down from 19 July, 2013, one of the poles is, however, re-erected at a new location in the stadium. These were auctioned September 5 to October 12, 2013, where some of the young talent of FC Carl Zeiss Jena, the FF USV Jena, Jena of the LC and the flood- stricken sports field of the SV Jena Zwätzen comes to good.

Due to the risk of flooding is next to a ( by the summer floods in 2013 favored ) expansion at its current location, a new stadium for Jena elsewhere, for example in Lobeda in the discussion.