Sunday, July 12, 2009

Since we have been on the topic of football stadiums and redevelopment work on them in the blog this week, we thought it would be a good time to mention Union Berlin and their Alte Forsterei ground.

We were alerted to what has happened to them, and their stadium, by 'The Dude' on the AFTN forum, so thanks for bringing it to everyone's attention.

Union won Liga 3 last season and earned promotion to Bundesliga 2 for next season. In order to take their place in the second tier, the Club have to bring their ground up to certain regulations. Costs which they would struggle to meet.

The solution? Get the fans to do the work and save 90% of the costs. Genius!

The three sides of the ground that are currently terraced are being redeveloped in a project which sees fans performing the majority of the construction work involved, with specialist contractors being brought in for the more complex building work.

The finished result will be a cracking little stadium. One which I'd love to see for East Fife in their current site and Vancouver Whitecaps if they can ever get permission to built one somewhere in the city.

There's a great film about it all that can be viewed HERE and a site all about the stadium. It's in German, obviously, but well worth a look and can be easily translated.

So is this the future for all smaller, cash strapped clubs to give them the chance for promotion whilst still keeping what money they have to invest in the team? it's certainly worth considering.

A stadium to fans orders. What more could you ask for?!

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