Stadion Essen

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The stadium food is a football stadium in the district of Essen Bergeborbeck. With the building work was started on April 1, 2011; the completion of the first construction phase and the operational opening it brought was on 12 August 2012.


Planning and construction period

Already long before it was clear that food needs a new stadium. Several reports have confirmed that the 60 -year-old grandstand of Georg Melches stadium is dilapidated. Subsequently, the City Council decided to eat at an extraordinary meeting on 28 October 2010, after 28 April 2010, the Mayor of Reinhard Pass had excluded the participation of the city in the new stadium, but to build a new stadium with a capacity of around 20,000 spectators.

Previously, a symbolic toast to the site of the new stadium was already 8 August 2009, just before the local elections in food, takes place. Shortly after the symbolic starting the first part of the north stand of the old stadium was torn down and started the first earthworks.

After completion of the preparatory work ( eg establishment of a construction road and underground workings ) The construction work began on April 1, 2011. The structural work of the warm building with main stand and the guest bleachers were completed in January 2012, the opposite stand in April 2012. Upon completion of the individual stands were mounted the tribune roofs. The grandstand roofs have a translucent surface and are free floating, so that the viewer adjust no disturbing pillar visibility.

On March 30, 2012, the topping-out ceremony was celebrated in the shell of the building warm.

In the course of construction until August 2012, the warm building with ao Cabins, Doping and referee rooms, VIP areas, office and shop fan of Rot-Weiss Essen and toilet facilities and kiosks the grandstand area and the other two stands completed.

Shortly before the opening of the stadium the stadium name was on August 7, 2012 by RWE AG Germany, which had taken over most of the funding, with the exception of the town with savings and thus received the naming rights to the stadium, announced. The stadium is to say as well as in the planning and construction phases stadium food.

After moving the club in the summer of 2012, the Georg- Melches Stadium is to be demolished and completed with the establishment of the home grandstand stadium. Then, on the old surface of Georg Melches stadium parking arise.


The opening of the new stadium was on 12 August 2012 on the day the team of Rot-Weiss Essen was originally supposed to play against an Essene Amateur Football Selection and the players in the SGS food against the 1st FFC Frankfurt. In the end, played the A- youth of Rot-Weiss Essen against youth teams from Borussia Dortmund. Then came the play of the ladies, in which ten minutes before the end of the team from the first FFC Frankfurt was replaced with eleven players from Rot-Weiss Essen. The A youth of Rot-Weiss Essen won 3-2, the ladies of the SGS food lost 0:3 against 1 FFC Frankfurt and the masters of the RWE beat the ladies of the SGS 1-0.

After the completion of the last grandstand shortly before the season 2013/14, an opening match between Rot-Weiss Essen and Werder Bremen was held (0:2). 11,513 spectators, the fully completed stadium was inaugurated on 6 August 2013.

First, with more than 20,000 spectators, the stadium was completely sold on April 8, 2014 at the semi-final of the Niederrhein Cup of RWE against MSV Duisburg.

Water Damage in Summer 2013

On the night of Friday, July 26, 2013, broke out in the basement of the main grandstand of the stadium eating a water pipe and put the entire first floor is about 1.15 meters under water. The amount recognized for the following Saturday championship game of Rot-Weiss Essen against Viktoria Köln had to be canceled because the entire stadium was not operational. On the affected floor are all changing rooms and referees rooms, as well as the mixed zone and the main distributor of the stadium 's electrical system. To make the stadium shortly operational again, a diesel generator were behind every grandstand erected to power the respective stands and behind the grandstand were containers in which referee and locker rooms were housed erected. The damage was estimated at around 1.5 million euros.

In the following months, including the entire flooring and screed has been removed, and replaced the electrical and water lines. A completion is scheduled for March 2014.

The stadium

In the first stage, the stadium is a classic tier stadium with 32 sitting or standing rows. It holds around 20,000 spectators and meet the requirements of the German soccer federation for the Regional League, the 3rd and the 2nd league. It can be used outside of the normal gaming operations for events.

In a second phase, the corners can be closed and the stadium are enlarged to a capacity of 25,000 spectators. A third extension phase, in which an upper level is set to the stadium to increase the capacity by a further 10,000 spectators to 35,000 spectators.

The warm building has four floors: the basement are the player, press areas and storage rooms of the catering and the mixed zone. The ground floor is the office of Rot-Weiss Essen, the fan shop of the club, the food court culture lovers 97A and other kitchen and WC areas. On the 1st floor is exclusively the business area Assindia. In the last and 2nd floor are the lodges and the area for the stadium announcer, stewards and police.

Under each of the four stands are four toilets, said to be somewhat smaller under the grandstand. Under the grandstand in addition there is also a kiosk. There are two kiosks, the police station and one of the two branches of the AWO fan project at the opposite stand. The host and the home grandstand each have three kiosks and the home bleachers on the second branch of the AWO fan project.

Altogether there are around the stadium ticket booth seven, two each on the counter, guest and home grandstand and a warm building before. For this, the stadium has yet, with the exception of the warm building, nine stadium entrances.

Facts and Figures

All figures relate to the first stage.