Eilenriedestadion

The Eilenriedestadion is a football stadium in Hanover, Germany. It is the home ground of the amateur team of Bundesliga club Hannover 96 and is situated at the edge of the Eilenriede forest in the centre of the city.

History

The Eilenriedestadion was built in 1921, under the name "Stadion der Stadt Hannover" (Eng: Stadium of Hannover City). It could hold 25,000 at this time.

In 1934, it was renamed the Hindenburg-Kampfbahn (Eng: Hindenburg Arena). A pillar still standing in the entrance today is inscribed: "Hindenburg Kampfbahn der Stadt Hannover, erbaut 1921". After World War II, it briefly reverted back to being named "Stadion der Stadt Hannover", before changing to its current title.

Shortly after its construction, Hannover 96 moved to here from the Stadion Radrennbahn (a cycling track) as that was too small for tournaments against the likes of Eintracht Braunschweig or Arminia Hannover. They remained here until 1959, when the club eventually left to move to the brand new Niedersachsenstadion. However, the club's youth and amateur sides continue to play here today.

In 1931 and 1937, the German national team played (and won) two internationals here against Denmark (4-2) and Belgium (1-0).

In 2005, it was partly redeveloped to be used as a training base during that summer's Confederations Cup.

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Coordinates: 52°22′35.72″N 9°46′22.44″E / 52.3765889°N 9.7729°E / 52.3765889; 9.7729