Frankfurt – the financial centre, the European city, the traffic hub, the smallest metropolis in the world. When you think of the city on the Main, you think of the Frankfurt Airport, the Paulskirche and Goethe, the Stock Exchange, the Book Fair and the skyline. No doubt about it: Frankfurt brings opposites together. A global city where international flair meets homey cosiness. Part of the unmistakable style of the city are the museums along the banks of the River Main, the bold high-rise architecture, the thinkers of the Frankfurt School as well as the Grüne Soße, Ebbelwei (apple wine) and Frankfurter sausages. And last but not least, and indeed difficult to believe, the financial metropolis is not a concrete jungle, but rather a very green city!
About 100 years ago, the Frankfurt magistrate came up with the idea of building a “sports park” on the site of a former military shooting range near the Oberforsthaus. Initially, a stadium with 37,000 spectator seats, a gymnastics and fairground, a cycling stadium and a swimming pool were planned on the 42-hectare site. Today, in addition to the stadium, which has been rebuilt several times and currently has a capacity for 51,500 spectators, and the „Wintersporthalle“ has been preserved, as many areas have now become training grounds for local football club Eintracht Frankfurt. Meanwhile, the stadium has always been used for other events beside football, as athletic events, boxing matches, concerts, gymnastic festivals, american football and monster trucks have taken place and some still do. Since the fist days oft he German Bundesliga, the main user of the stadium has been Eintracht Frankfurt since 1963, the first day of the Bundesliga.