Stadion am Hermann-Löns-Weg

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Stadion am Hermann-Löns-Weg
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Full name Stadion am Hermann-Löns-Weg
Location Naturpark 20
42697 Solingen
Germany
Owner Municipality of Solingen
Capacity 18.000
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard None
Construction
Broke ground 1929
Built 1929
Opened 1929
Renovated 1949-1950, 1974, 1976, 1982
Expanded 1974, 1976
Closed 2010
Demolished 2017 (planned)
Tenants
1933-1949: VfR Ohligs
1949-1974: Union Ohligs
1974: OSC Solingen
1974-1990: SG Union Solingen
1990-2010: 1. FC Union Solingen

The Stadion am Hermann-Löns-Weg is a football stadium in Solingen, Germany. The stadium is named after the street Hermann-Löns-Weg en is the former ground of 1. FC Union Solingen. 1. FC Union Solingen dissolved in 2010 after bankruptcy. The stadium was built in 1929 and had a capacity of 18,000 spectators. Since 2010 no football matches are played at the stadium and the municipality of Solingen sold the stadium and its ground to a private contractor. The stadium will likely be demolished in 2017 and residential houses will be built upon the grounds.[1]

Stadium’s history[edit]

The stadium was built in 1929, after the municipality of Solingen assigned unemployed men to built the stadium.[2] In 1933 VfR Ohligs moved to the stadium. During the 2nd World War the stadium was badly damaged and reconstruction took place in 1949 and 1950. In 1949 VfR Ohligs merged with other clubs to SC Union 06. The renovated stadium was opened in 1950, in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators.[2] In 1973 SC Union 06 merged with another club into SG Union Solingen.

The new club promoted in 1975 to the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier in German football. During the years the stadium’s capacity was expanded to 16,000 and floodlights were installed. In 1985 an estimated crowd of 18,000 to 20,000 people visited the DFB Pokal match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[3] It appeared however, that the club couldn’t survive financially in the 2. Bundesliga and it had to sell her best players. In 1989 and in 1990 the club relegated twice and went bankrupt. The club managed to pull in investors and renamed to 1. FC Union Solingen. Due to safety reasons, the stadium’s capacity was reduced in 2005 to 5,000. In 2010 1. FC Union Solingen went bankrupt and since 2010 no tenant plays at the stadium anymore.

Stadium’s future[edit]

The municipality of Solingen sold the grounds and the stadium to a private contractor. The stadium is likely to be demolished in 2017 and the grounds will be made available for residential development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Tage des Stadions sind gezählt". rp-online.de (in German). rp-online.de. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Martijn Mureau. "Vergane Glorie: Stadion am Hermann-Löns-Weg". martijnmureau.nl (in Dutch). martijnmureau.nl. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Das Hermann-Löns-Stadion Solingen verfällt". express.de (in German). express.de. Retrieved 9 August 2016.