Glücksgas Stadium (German: Glücksgas-Stadion, German pronunciation: ) is a football stadium in Dresden, Saxony. It is the current home of Dynamo Dresden. The facility had previously been known as the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, but in December 2010, the naming rights were sold to Glücksgas, a Bavarian energy company. Sports facilities have existed on the physical site of the stadium since 1874, and the site noted an attendance of 270,000 people during the 1885 festival.


The former stadium was completed on June 16, 1923 at a cost of 500,000 German reichsmark allocated for the expansion of the existing Ilgen-Kampfbahn centrally located in the inner city. The football club Dresdensia was the first organization to use the new facility.

In 1953, the Sportvereinigung Dynamo took over the stadium and on September 23, 1953, the stadium was re-named for athlete Rudolf Harbig. In the summer of 1971, it was renamed Dynamo-Stadion for the football club Dynamo Dresden which used the stadium as its home ground. The capacity of the stadium was twice expanded: to 36,000 in 1976 and then to 38,500 in 1980. The current capacity is approximately 23,940 seats (220 roofed and 10,670 open). The usual capacity is often lowered where there are security concerns.

In 1990, the stadium was upgraded to meet German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball Bund or German Football Association) and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football) standards and the national building code. This included improved security measures to help protect players and referees. Benches have been replaced by individual seats and the pitch was re-sodded, the first time since 1956 that the playing surface has been renewed with the €375,000 cost being borne by the city of Dresden. That same year, the facility was again named for Rudolf Harbig. Currently it is used primarily for football matches and still serves as the home of Dynamo Dresden.

Since January 1, 1992, the stadium has been under the control of the City of Dresden in order to protect the site should Dynamo Dresden ever face financial problems. On May 9, 2007, German sports magazine kicker reported that an agreement has been reached with the City to finance the complete renovation of the stadium into a modern 32,400-seat arena by 2009.

The stadium in its new form was completely opened on 15 September 2009 with a sold out friendly match against Schalke 04, which Dynamo lost 1–2. Some building work is expected to continue until the end of the year, but this match opened the new stadium to full capacity.

The first and only concert staged at the venue, was a Wolfgang Petry freakshow, on July 17, 1999, with about 5,000 people in attendance.

New construction 2006–2009

In 2006, the capacity was minimized into 23,940 seats (13,270 roofed and 10,670 open).. On May 9, 2007, German sports magazine kicker reported that an agreement has been reached with the City to finance the complete renovation of the stadium into a modern 32,085-seats, 2009.

The construction site for the "replacement building Rudolf Harbig Stadium" was established on November 12, 2007, the official start of construction took place at November 19, 2007. Hence during 22 months period later, on September 15, 2009? Although not yet completed to the last detail, was the 46,000,000 Euro expensive Rudolf Harbig Stadium with a sold out friendly match against Bundesliga Schalke 04 officially reopened after construction. Schalke won the duel with 1:2 (0:1). The first "official" goal in the new venue sling Kevin Kuranyi as recently as later Maik Wagefeld (with extra given bonus penalty).

"Mit der Neugestaltung des Rudolf Harbig Stadions gelangt Dresden wieder auf die Weltkarte des Fußballs zurück." transl.: "With the inauguration of the stadium, Dresden returns to the world card of football." What was spoken out by Dresden Mayor Helma Orosz (CDU) in her opening speech. (This speech was booed by the crowd due to the mayor's alleged opposition to the stadium's redevelopment.) The program received high jumper and Beijing 2008 starter Raul Spank (former member of Dynamo) subsequently his 2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's high jump bronze medal by Ulrike Harbig (the daughter of the sports soldier and world record holder Rudolf Harbig) whose name the bowl carries. 184 lamps with altogether 2000 lux shines the new home of football in the city colors black and yellow. Pop star Roland Kaiser sang before the final fireworks displayed trough starry sky the enthusiastic visitors. Sportfive with the desire of fulfillment has come. The overall completion of the stadium, what concerns mainly the interior of the main building and grounds, as long as in December 2009.

Some building work is expected to continue until the end of the year 2011, but the opening match must filling the stadium. Today taking place games of the third and fifth German soccer league.(NOFV-Oberliga Süd and following 3rd Liga). Since the publish of the western stand "Dresden", occurs the leisure time Radeberger Cup, in every year ago. If it should came to a riot game, the capacity must decreasing into 10,000 seats. That is the new known riot capacity. The new name of the stadion is given under Glücksgas Stadium, since December 10, 2010.

Also, the stadium has a modern alarm system. It is also working with the city's siren system.

2011 Women's World Cup host

On 30 September 2008, it was announced that Dresden had been chosen to be a host city for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. As a result, the old stadium that had stood on the site for over 100 years was torn down and completely rebuilt. The ceremonial "first kickoff" in the newly-rebuilt stadium was taken by the director of the German organizing committee for the World Cup, Steffi Jones

The director of the local Dresden organizing committee for the World Cup is Klaus Reichenbach (who is also president of Saxon Football Federation (SFV))

State cup- and international matches
National FDGB-Cup finals
2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Other international football matches
  • Area: 72,000m²
  • Stadium: 190m x 150m x 32m (912,000m³)
  • Bar inside the north stand: 220 persons
  • Professional video camera stand positions: 7 with 1 space for aerial work platform
  • Distance from top seat: 89m
  • Trapezoidal tin: 14,000m²
  • Corrugated galvanised iron: 5200m² with a length of 624m
  • Emergency power system: 2x for 2000lux for floodlights (sport)
  • Underfloor field heating: 25,000 m small water tube made in elastic plastic -must start 6 days before with 180,000 Euro costs
  • Arched roof: 19,400m² (7,500,000 Euro) with 14,600m² Soprema slide
    • Transparent plastic roof: 4800m²
    • Steel: 1700 tons
    • Steel-beams: 67
    • Soundproofing: 1000m² The noise mitigation reduces noise to 100 decibel.
    • Circumference: 680m
  • Steel precasts: 7000 units
  • Concrete: 2500m³ = 333 in–transit mixers
    • Stair block: 250kg
    • Concrete beam: 78t
    • Grout: 17,000m polyurethane and acryl
  • Basements: 5
    • Ground floor: entrance, conference room, athletes, special tickets, referee, kitchen, merchandising, catering
    • First floor: VIP promenade
    • Second floor: Grandstand entrance, business panorama seats, 240 VIP seats
    • Third floor: 196 loges
    • Fourth floor: police department with Staatsschutz and Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, fire department, emergency management with 1. German Red Cross 2. Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe 3. Malteser Hilfsdienst 4. Technisches Hilfswerk, steward, engineering
    • Fifth heating, air conditioning, ventilation (95,000m³/h)
  • Playing field: 105m x 68m (7140m²)
  • Scoreboard: 2x 45,36m² (1x=3,5t )
  • Capacity: 32,085
    • 36,000 concert
    • 21,030 seats
    • 11,055 admissions
    • 2000 guests (variable seats), 71 (television, radio, press), 56 wheelchair, only 700 ("699") parking spaces
    • 27,190 (seating only), 18 suite, 1366 VIP, 1 club, 1 promenade
  • Postcard showing the stadium as it appeared in 1900.

  • Postcard showing a stadium map from 1922.

  • The stadium as it appeared in 2009

  • An exhibition game between the German and Canadian women's national teams.

Movies about
  • New Media Group Enterprises (Dresden): "Dynamo's Kultstätte": Documentation The New Stadium (Trailer) – Dresden: September 30, 2009 (German)
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