Volksparkstadion: Hamburg SV

Sylvesterallee 7, Hamburg, 22525, Germany
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It’s fair to say that talk about the history of Volksparkstadion is filled with complications. Bahrenfelder Stadion stood on the spot where the current stadium now stands, but that was knocked down in 1951 and completely rebuilt, opening as the original Volksparkstadion in 1953. The name came from the nearby Altona Volkspark and means 'The People’s Park Stadium'. The current stadium was knocked down in its entirety in 1998 and reopened in 2000, since when it has been given numerous different names.

When it comes to the football club that plays its games there, Hamburg SV is known in Germany as Hamburger Sport-Verein or simply HSV. It is actually a sports club, of which the footballing department is the most famous and successful. Much like the stadium, the club has a mixed history owing to the fact that it was formed as a merger of two different Hamburg-based football teams. We’ll tell you more about that elsewhere on the page, but for now we’ll simply say that the club’s history technically dates back to 1887 when SC Germania, one of the predecessors to Hamburg SV, was formed.


Volksparkstadion Stats
Year Opened2000
Average Attendance53,700
Record Attendance57,000 (Hamburg v Bayern Munich (2009))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameAOL Arena, FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg, HSH Nordbank Arena, Imtech Arena
OwnerHamburger SV
Clubs HostedHamburger SV, Hamburg Sea Devils
First FixtureGermany v Greece (02/09/2000)
Hamburg SV Stats
Year Founded1919
Nickname"Die Rothosen (The Red Shorts) Der Dino (The Dinosaur)"
Club MascotHermann (a dinosaur)
RivalsFC St. Pauli, Werder Bremen
Previous StadiumsVolksparkstadion, Sportplatz at Rothenbaum
KitWhite, Red & Blue (Home) / Blue & Black Stripes (Away) / Red (Third)
Training GroundHamburger SV Training Ground
Shirt SponsorOrthomol
Team OwnerClub Membership
Record GoalscorerUwe Seeler (111)
Record AppearancesManfred Kaltz (594)

Volksparkstadion Photos

Volksparkstadion Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The stadium is built in a bowl of continuous seating, meaning that the corners are filled in. There are two tiers throughout the ground separated by a row of executive boxes, but in the Ost Tribune part of the tiers are separated by a larger VIP area.

Hamburg SV Ticket Prices

If you’re going to see a football match in Germany then you’ll find that the prices of tickets vary on such things as your age, where you want to sit in the ground and the quality of opposition. For example, if you’d been keen to see Hamburg play Mainz 05 in the 2016-2017 season then you’d have paid somewhere between €26 and €64, with differently priced tickets in between those two price bands.

How To Get Hamburg SV Tickets

Tickets are available via the club’s official site, their telephone booking office and at the Volksparkstadion itself. You can also head to fan shops in the centre of Hamburg and through the club’s ticket exchange.

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Getting To Volksparkstadion

Train - It’s possible to get a train from London to Hamburg but it will take about sixteen hours and you’ll have to go via Brussels, Amsterdam and Osnabrück before you end up in Hamburg. Once you’re in the city the S train is excellent and there are three stops that are reasonably close to the stadium, namely Hamburg-Stellingen, Hamburg-Eidelstedt and Hamburg-Langenfelde.

Bus - Buses can get you much closer than the S train will, with the 180 and 380 both stopping at Arenen Station.

Car - For any of you hoping to drive, the main roads you’ll want to keep an eye out for are the 7, the 431 and the 4.

By Air - Hamburg Airport is the closest to the city centre. It’s also served by the excellent S train line and will take about thirty minutes to take you into central Hamburg.

Taxi - If you’d like to get a cab from the centre of Hamburg out to the stadium it will take about 25 minutes and will cost you in the region of €30.

Parking Near Volksparkstadion

There are plenty of parking spaces around the stadium and the other sports arenas close to it.

Useful Resources

Volksparkstadion Hotels

The stadium is on the North Western edge of the city, and some of the closest and most reasonably priced hotels are listed below.

Hotel Mona - £60+

Kieler Str. 392, Hamburg, HH, 22525
The Hotel Mona is one that you might euphemistically describe as being 'basic'. The most important things to know are that it’s clean, comfortable and the staff are perfectly friendly. It’s also only about a mile or so from the stadium, so it’s nice and convenient for heading to the match. It’s a family friendly hotel that has cable TV, presumably to keep the kids entertained so you don’t have to. More details.

Hotel SleepInn Volkspark - £70+

Försterweg 163, Hamburg, 22525
Hotel SleepInn is an adults only hotel that provides free Wi-Fi and free parking for those in the ten rooms that the hotel offers. There’s a terraced area that you can relax on, which may be somewhat superfluous as the rooms are pretty luxurious themselves. It’s less than a mile to the Volksparkstadion, so it should take you around twenty minutes to walk there depending on your walking pace. More details.

bedpark Stellingen - £80+

Volksparkstraße 62, Hamburg, HH, 22525
About a mile from the ground is this hotel with more than fifty rooms. There’s also free Wi-Fi for any of you that might need to get online whilst you’re there. There’s self-parking, so if you’re driving then this is one of the best places stay. It’s the nicest hotel on our list, so if you’re the sort of person who likes things that little bit more special then it may well be for you. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Volksparkstadion

There aren't many pubs close to the stadium, but there are plenty a short distance away.

Frau Moller

Lange Reihe 96, 20099 Hamburg (+49 40 2532 8817)
Frau Möller is a sports bar that offers some wonderful food options for those of you that want to grab a bite to eat whilst watching the match. You’ll find a mix of German food, such as currywurst, and more typical 'pub food' like burgers and chips. With it being a pub in a German city you’ll also be able to enjoy a stein of decent lager or two, should you wish to.

Pub in the City62

Luruper Hauptstraße 181, 22547 Hamburg, Germany (+494088184414)
The Germans have a reputation for being matter of fact, and this place is a good example of that, given that it is indeed a pub in the city. It's smallish inside - although it still has room for a few gaming machines - but there is outdoor space and the footy is shown in both areas. It's quite good for trendy spirits and twists on classic drinks, as well as your regular German lagers.

Herz Hamburg

Reeperbahn 46, 20359, Hamburg (+49 40 8470 4207)
If you’re heading to Hamburg in a group then there’s nowhere better to go than the Reeperbahn. It’s close to the city’s red light district and is popular with stag dos and the like thanks to it’s incredible atmosphere at virtually any time of the day or night. Herz is a fun mix of sports bar and cocktail bar, so you can watch a match with a vibrant drink in your hand if you want to. If you’re the sort who likes a party then this is definitely the place for you.


From HSV

There are a host of hospitality options available for those of you that like to watch football from a more privileged position, such as the business seats, executive boxes and the 1887 Club. Obviously each option has a different level of hospitality, with some just offering more comfortable seating and others promising access to food and lounges.

Private Hire

If you’re looking to host an event in Hamburg then the facilities on offer at the Volksparkstadion will impress. Get in touch with the club for more information on what sort of events you can host and where in the stadium is beat for what you’re hoping to do.

Stadium Tours & Museum

You can enjoy a tour of the Volksparkstadion starting at 10.30pm, 12pm or 1.30pm every day of the week apart from match days. The tours will take you into numerous different areas of the ground that you wouldn’t normally get to see, such as the VIP area, the press conference room and the entrance that the bus pulls into. It starts in the museum, too, so that’s an added bonus. Tours cost €12 for adult, reduced to €8 for concessions. For kids it’s €6. You can just see the museum if you would prefer, which is half of the stated prcies.

About Hamburg SV

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Hamburg SV traces its roots back to the 29th of September and the merger of Der Hohenfelder Sportclub and Wandsbek-Marienthaler Sportclub into a side that took the name Sport-Club Germania Hamburg. SC Germania itself merged with Hamburger FC and FC Falke Eppendorf on the 2nd of June in 1919 to form the team we now know as Hamburger Sport-Verein, or Hamburg SV. A decision to merge the three sides came about because all three of them had been left severely depleted for both manpower and finances by the First World War. It didn’t take long for the new side to become reasonably successful, competing in the 1922 German football championship final against Nürnberg.

Hamburg were one of the sixteen clubs invited to form the Bundesliga in 1963. Interestingly, they’re the only side to have been part of that original Bundesliga season that has not been relegated at all over the years. There is a clock on display in the corner of the ground that displays the time, to the second, since the Bundesliga was formed. They’ve won the German Championship title six times in all, with their first title win coming in 1923 and their most recent in 1983. They’ve also won three DFB-Pokal trophies, two DFB-Ligapokals and a European Cup.

Volksparkstadion History

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The initial Volksparkstadion opened in 1953, with most of the building materials used for its erection taken from a local district that was destroyed by Allied bombing in the Second World War. Up to 75,000 people could fit into the new stadium, but Hamburg SV didn’t actually start using it until 1963. It was never a hugely popular stadium with the fans, with many feeling that it was in desperate need of an upgrade by the mid-1980s. By the end of the 1990s the situation became almost untenable, so a decision was taken to knock it down and build an entirely new stadium.

The aim wasn’t only to give Hamburg SV somewhere new to play, but also to aid Germany in their attempts to host the World Cup in 2006. The new stadium was built on a 90 degree rotation to the original, to take advantage of the natural light that was then able to shine on all four stands in almost equal measure and provide similar views from all parts of the ground. When it was rebuilt it was also redesigned, with the running track removed to take the play closer to the supporters. The capacity is 57,000 for league matches but it’s reduced to 51,500 for international matches as supporters are not allowed to stand. For that reason the standing area is converted into seating.

Future Developments

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At the time of writing there are no specific plans to improve or develop the stadium. It is still seen as relatively new and therefore there’s no real need to do much to it.

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