Park stadium Gelsenkirchen
The Park stadium in Gelsenkirchen was a football and athletics stadium where the football club FC Schalke 04 1973-2001 fought out their home games. The stadium holds 70 600 spectators at first, after the reconstruction in 1998 62 004 spectators. Since the removal of FC Schalke 04 in the Veltins-Arena stadium, the park was largely unused and in parts also torn down. On the grounds of the former south curve created a rehabilitation center and a hotel.Following the partial demolition were still about 23 000 places available. 2008 was followed by the second phase of demolition.Instead of the Park stadium will include training courses and a small stadium be built for about 10,000 visitors
Pictures Taken October 29th 2011
History [ Edit ]
From its completion in 1973, played Schalke Stadium. She previously played in the Glückaufkampfbahn at Schalke. TheGerman national football team contributed a total of eight games at Stadium Park. With six wins and two draws, Germany remained undefeated in this stadium. Furthermore found here Bundesliga home games from Rot-Weiss Essen (1975) and Borussia Dortmund (1977), the margin of the Bundesliga relegation in 1991 between theStuttgarter Kickers and FC St. Pauli , three semi-finals (Schalke and Cologne in 1980, Schalke, Bayern 1984, Oberhausen -Bavaria 1999) and two finals (Düsseldorf-Cologne in 1978 and 1980) of theDFB Cup , three German Championships in Athletics (1975, 1981, 1987), several major concerts (including Marius Mueller-Westernhagen , Wolfgang Petry , Michael Jackson , Pink Floyd ,Genesis and the Rolling Stones ), and a Papal Mass (1987), because of this, the then Pope John Paul II an honorary member at FC Schalke 04, was held. International recognition also earned the stadium to host the 1974 World Cup qualifying game with a decision, five games of the tournament and the 1988 European Championship with two games.
First, should the Park Stadium Ruhrstadion hot. However, the former was at the stadium Castroper road later in the Bochum Ruhr Stadium . Originally, the main grandstand roof get a tent similar to that of the Munich Olympic Stadium. This was rejected for cost reasons, however. The stadium initially has a standing in the north end scoreboard. Later in the south stand a video screen was installed today in the Sparkassen-Erzgebirgsstadion offloodplain stands.
The supporters of Schalke 04 were in the northern curve, especially in the fifth block However, the block I was in the upper tier of the grandstand in the later years of good mood unknown.
Although the stadium has been often maligned because of its ample space, developed in the 1996/97 season, a cult Schalke home games in the UEFA Cup .All six games, including the final first leg against Inter Milan did not concede what was regarded as a basis for Schalke's European Cup success.
In his last years the stadium pointed aging in particular because of mining subsidence on. Schalke-PresidentGünter Eich Berg announced in 1989 with a new arena opening date 1992ndIt was not until 2001, was finally closed to the Park stadium. The last league game at the park stadium was known as a negative for FC Schalke 04 peak.On the final day of the Bundesliga season 2000/2001, the club failed there, despite his 5-3 victory against Kickers Offenbach still possible German Champion, with FC Bayern Munich with his equalizer at Hamburger SV won. Last in the stadium parking only friendly matches were played against opponents unterklassige. The last football game of the first team of FC Schalke 04 in the Park stadium was a friendly match against MSV Duisburg on 17 November 2008 (3-1). The players of FC Schalke 04 until further training in the old Stadium.  From Wikipedia