Hertha Berlin has unveiled plans to build a 55,000 capacity football stadium in the Olympiapark by 2025.
After being commissioned by the club, architects 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.
Many of the sites which seemed suitable at first were eliminated and the remaining options were reduced down following a detailed analysis process.
The Olympiapark fills all the requirements presented by the club. The park, a large area overlooked by the Olympiastadion itself, is unanimously the best of the areas chosen by the club.
Hertha Berlin is the last remaining club in the Bundesliga without their own football stadium.
The capacity utilisation of the club’s current home at the Olympiastadion is 64%, whereas the rest of the Bundesliga averages 92%.
Club president Werner Gegenbauer said:
In the Bundesliga world, which represents 95% of our matchday operations, the stadium is no longer sustainable and suitable in the long run.
As a team and a medium-sized company, we do not want to carry the drawbacks of an ageing stadium that is too big.
The current rental agreement with the Olympiastadion runs out in 2025, and it will remain Hertha’s home ground until then.
An alternative to the proposed plans would see the club build a new arena in Brandenburg Park in Ludwigsfelde, nine kilometers south of the city border and 18 minutes on the train from Potsdamer Platz.
The club has, however, decided that the Berlin State Federal Government will support the plans in the Olympiapark.
Sporting director Michael Preetz said:
Hertha BSC is going to offer an incredibly intensive stadium experience from 2025, just like every other Bundesliga club – 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.
The next step will see everyone work with Albert Speer to create a manageable estimate, which will be calculated based on the site itself.
Hertha BSC will then discuss the plans with the appropriate authorities and politicians.