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2006 World Cup event venues

The following venues will play host to 2006 World Cup competition. Capacities listed represent the estimated number of seats available for each venue for World Cup games. The actual seating capacity of each stadium is 10 to 12 percent higher than the total listed, but is reduced for the World Cup because of obstructed views and security/contingency reserves.

Population: 3.39 million
Stadium (opened/renovated): Olympiastadion (1936/2004)
Investment: $294.2 million
Capacity: 66,021
Financing: $238.3 million from the federal government, $55.9 million loan to the Olympiastadion Asset Holding Company mbH, guaranteed by the state of Berlin
Notes: American track star Jesse Owens won four gold medals here at the Olympic Games in 1936. Today, one of the avenues leading to the ground bears the athlete’s name. The stadium now boasts around 74,500 covered seats, including 5,000 in executive suites and as other premium seats. Previously, only 27,000 seats were covered.

Population: 1 million
Stadium (opened/renovated): RheinEnergie Stadion (1975/2004)
Investment: $133.8 million
Capacity: 40,590
Financing: $31 million public funding, $102.8 million from private investors
Notes: The predecessor to today’s modern World Cup stadium was the Müngersdorfer Stadion, the only completely covered stadium in Germany when it was built in 1975. Today’s ground is home to FC Köln. The owner and builder is Sportstätten GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the city.

Population: 590,000
Stadium (opened/renovated): Westfalenstadion (1974/2003)
Investment: $43.8 million
Capacity: 60,285
Financing: 100 percent by Westfalenstadion Dortmund GmbH
Notes: Known nationwide as the Bundesliga’s “opera house,” the Westfalenstadion was built for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Population: 650,000
Stadium (opened): Commerzbank Arena (June 15, 2005)
Investment: $143.9 million
Capacity: 43,324
Financing: $77.8 million from the city of Frankfurt, $15.6 million from the state of Hessen, $50.5 million capital loan
Notes: The stadium, which has a retractable roof, opened last month on the same site as its previous incarnation, which was built in the 1920s. The city council approved the project in May 2000. Frankfurt-based Commerzbank signed a 10-year naming-rights deal this year.

Population: 278,000
Stadium (opened): Arena AufSchalke (2001)
Investment: $233.4 million
Capacity: 48,426
Financing: $139.8 million credit from a bank consortium, $15.6 million loan from a developer, $41.1 million equity capital from the stadium owner, $10.9 million from Ruhrkohle/HBM promotional campaigns, $15.7 million from company capital, $10.3 million post-financing
Notes: Located next to the old Parkstadion, the new stadium features a Philips scoreboard with four video screens. Both the roof and the field are retractable.

Population: 1.7 million
Stadium (opened): AOL Arena (2000)
Investment: $118.7 million
Capacity: 45,442
Financing: $13.8 million from the city, $85.1 million outside financing, $19.8 million from the stadium owner
Notes: Work started in March 1998 with the old Volksparkstadion being demolished in four stages. The field was rotated and the stands were rebuilt. All spectator areas are now covered. Four hundred extra seats were added to the VIP area during summer 2001.

Population: 525,000
Stadium (opened/renovated): AWD Arena (1954/2005)
Investment: $78.4 million
Capacity: 39,297
Financing: $29.8 million from the city of Hannover, state of Niedersachsen and region of Hannover, $24.3 million from a bank consortium, $24.3 million from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, a publicly funded redevelopment agency, secured by a guarantee from the city of Hannover
Notes: The stadium has been home to Hannover 96 since 1959.

Population: 100,000
Stadium (opened/renovated): Fritz-Walter-Stadion (1920/2005)
Investment: $58.8 million
Capacity: 41,513
Financing: $26.4 million from the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, $9.4 million from the city of Kaiserslautern, $23 million from FC Kaiserslautern, the stadium’s home club
Notes: Improvements scheduled to be completed this fall include sound and lighting upgrades and reconstruction of the East and West stands.

Population: 494,000
Stadium (opened): Zentralstadion (2004)
Investment: $110.1 million
Capacity: 38,898
Financing: $76.8 million from the city (with aid from the federal government), $33.3 million from stadium owner EMKA GmbH
Notes: The stadium replaced the original 100,000-seat Zentralstadion, which opened in 1956 and was once the largest stadium in Germany. In 1997 the city council of Leipzig decided to build a new purpose-built football stadium within the old stadium walls.

Population: 1.3 million
Stadium (opened): Allianz Arena (June 2, 2005)
Investment: $340.5 million
Capacity: 59,416
Financing: Costs are to be divided equally between Bundesliga clubs FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich, the stadium’s home clubs.
Notes: The originally planned reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium was rejected after a 2001 local referendum favored a new, purpose-built football stadium in Munich. All seats are covered. Munich will play host to the opening ceremony, the 2006 FIFA Congress and the International Media Center. Munich-based Allianz AG, an international insurance and financial services company, signed naming rights through 2021.

Population: 490,000
Stadium (opened/renovated): Franken-Stadion (1991/2005)
Investment: $68.1 million
Capacity: 36,898
Financing: $34 million from the state of Bavaria, the remainder from the city and its partners
Notes: The reconstruction work increased seating capacity by 5,500 to 45,500, including extra seats for media and 162 executive box seats.

Population: 590,000
Stadium (opened/renovated): Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion (1933/2001/2005)
Investment: $62.6 million
Capacity: 47,757
Financing: The state of Baden-Württemberg will contribute one-third to the financing, but with a maximum of $18.6 million. The remaining costs are to be met by the city. VfB Stuttgart, the stadium’s home club, paid a portion of the construction costs of the second deck on the opposite stands.
Notes: An extensive upgrade in 2001 included the addition of 44 executive boxes, 1,500 business seats and a multistory car park with direct access. Renovations scheduled to be completed this fall focus primarily on technology, such as installation of a new scoreboard and sound system, as well as infrastructure, including redevelopment of the area around the stadium with an upgraded sanitation system, new catering facilities and recreation areas.

Note: Facility naming rights are not recognized by the FIFA World Cup. World Cup venues with corporate names are referred to by FIFA as “FIFA World Cup Stadium, (City name).”

Sources: FIFA World Cup, SportsBusiness Journal research

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