Holstein-Stadion is a football stadium located in the port city of Kiel, in northern Germany. It plays host to the home games of the Holstein Kiel football club, a team currently in the second tier of German football.
First built in 1919, the Holstein-Stadion has undergone a number of extensive renovations following requests from German football officials. The most recent work was finished in 2019 and the stadium now has a capacity of over 15,000.
Extensive stadium renovations at Holstein-Stadion
In 2005 the DFB declared that the old Holstein-Stadion was no longer up to the minimum standards for football and said that it needed significant renovations. Without the requested changes Holstein Kiel would not be able to play in the second tier of German football and the club would have its license removed. Therefore, a plan was created in 2006 by team officials and the local city government to provide an improved stadium and find funds for the project.
The biggest change was the removal of dilapidated concrete terraces that were circling the pitch. There was the possibility that these could collapse and so were not safe for large crowds. Two covered grandstands were built in their place, adding both standing and seating room.
There were also improvements made to improve the viewing experience for fans, with the grandstands built just 8 meters away from the playing field. New entrances for players were built, as well as new concession stands, better bathroom facilities and a trailer for police.
After this refurbishment, the Holstein-Stadion had room for 10,200 fans. There was a provision that if the team made it up to the top tier, this would be extended to 15,000 fans. After the team was promoted to the second tier in 2017, the officials decided to go ahead and expand capacity to 15,000. The final phase of construction finishing in the spring of 2019.
Home team – Holstein Kiel
Holstein Kiel has been playing their home games at the Holstein-Stadion for many years. The club itself was established in 1900 and up until the 1960s, was one of the dominant sides in northern Germany. It won its only German Championship title in 1912 but has captured six regional titles, as well as being runner-up on nine occasions.
For most of the period since the Second World War, Holstein Kiel has been a second or third tier team. It was not a founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963 or a part of the first Bundesliga 2 league in 1974. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, Holstein Kiel was a part of the new third tier competition.
The team was relegated to the fourth tier at one stage, but have been improving since the turn of the millennium. After not being in the second tier of football for 36 years, Holstein Kiel finally got promoted once again in 2017.
The following season, they managed to finish in 3rd place, playing VfL Wolfsburg in a play-off to get to the Bundesliga for the first time. However, the club lost out to Wolfsburg on a 4-1 aggregate score line.
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