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76131 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
|Owner||Stadt Karlsruhe (City of Karlsruhe)|
|Capacity||29,699 (Seating and Terracing)|
14,724 (Seating only)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||7 August 1955|
|Renovated||1978, 1986, 1991–1993, 2018–2022|
|Karlsruher SC (1955–present)|
It is located northeast of the Karlsruhe Palace (Schloss) and is part of the former deer park (Wildpark) of the Grand Dukes of Baden in the Hardtwald, hence the name. There have been football pitches at the location since 1922, and the stadium was built in 1955, with several major renovations since.
A decision to rebuild the stadium was taken in 2006. The City of Karlsruhe and Karlsruher SC became engulfed in disputes about finances and finally abandoned the project in 2014. Two years later, the city again decided to renew the stadium, using the existing site and financed mostly by the city. In November 2018, demolition of parts of the old stadium and the concurrent construction of a new 34,000 seat arena began. Works are being carried out in stages so that matches can be played on the existing pitch in front of at least 15,000 spectators. The new Wildparkstadion is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022 at a projected cost of € 123 Million.
- "Das neue Fußballstadion". karlsruhe.de (in German).
- Stadium information (in German)
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