Ruhrstadion (also known as rewirpowerSTADION due to a sponsorship deal) is a football stadium in Bochum, Germany. It is the home ground for the VfL Bochum and has a capacity of 29.448.


In 1911 the Spiel und Sport Bochum leased a meadow from a local farmer as their new home ground. The club played the first match at the new venue against the VfB Hamm in front of 500 spectators. The TuS Bochum did not build a statium until after World War I as late as 1921.

The stadium has a capacity of 29.448 people. The original capacity was over 50,000 but was decreased by numerous modifications.

The statium was expanded between March 1976 and July 1979 and the first game was between the VfL Bochum and SG Wattenscheid 09 on July 21, 1979. This expansion could technically count as a complete rebuild, it's officially a expansion due to legal reasons.

David Bowie performed at the stadium during his Serious Moonlight Tour on June 15, 1983.

In 2006, a 5 year naming rights deal was struck with Stadtwerke Bochum to rename the stadium "rewirpowerSTADION".

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