Hertha BSC would like to build a footballing arena with 55,000 capacity in the Olympiapark by 2025. “Privately financed, and without impacting a listed landmark,” explains club president Werner Gegenbauer
After being commissioned by the club, the architecture and planning office Albert Speer + Partner reviewed over 50 potential sites for a new stadium both inside and outside of the Berlin city boundary. The most important factors considered in this review were area, connections to public transport, local environment, public image, availability, development opportunities and risk of conflict. In the end they selected a site in the Olympiapark overlooked by their current Olympiastadion.
Hertha is the last remaining club in the Bundesliga without their own football stadium. Whilst their current Olympiastadion is certainly historic it is rarely full and is difficult to upgrade as it is a listed historic building. The current rental agreement with the Olympiastadion runs out in 2025, and will remain Hertha’s home ground until then.
Whilst the new stadium is still only at the planning stage, Sporting director Michael Preetz said: “Hertha BSC is going to offer an incredibly intensive stadium experience from 2025, just like every other Bundesliga clubs – Perhaps even more so. The fans will be very close to the pitch, high rising and loud. There will be atmospheric standing areas and all the attributes of a modern stadium.”