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Alte Forsterei, Berlin

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Stadion An der Alten Försterei is the largest single-purpose football stadium in the German capital Berlin. It has been home to football club 1. FC Union Berlin and its forerunners since it was opened in 1920.The stadium's capacity was last redeveloped in 2009 and expanded in 2013. Some of the redevelopment work was carried out by over 2,300 Union Berlin supporters volunteering their services. During league matches the arena features a total capacity of 22,012 including 3,617 seats whilst the rest of the ground remains terracing.The stadium became also known for events like the annual "Weihnachtssingen" and the "WM-Wohnzimmer" in 2014.History1920-1966In 1920 SC Union Oberschöneweide had to find a new home ground as its former pitch had been built over by developers with residential buildings. The club moved a little further away from the city to the north-western part of the borough of Köpenick. The new stadium was officially opened in August 1920 with a match between Oberschöneweide and the then German champions 1. FC Nuremberg . The inaugural match in at the Alte Försterei had already been played on 17 March, when Union challenged Viktoria 89 Berlin- an illustrious club who had won the German Championship three times around the turn of the century - to a friendly.1966-todayWhen Union won promotion to the DDR-Oberliga (the top flight in East Germany) in 1966, the stadium soon needed to be expanded. The ground was first expanded in 1970 when the Gegengerade terrace was raised, whilst further extensions to the terracing at both ends in the late 1970s and early 1980s increased the capacity furthermore to 22,500.
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  • Football experience at its best. Genuine atmosphere and football culture in the old East Germany. Fantastic experience. Eisern Union!
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  • In a now legendary floodlit match "iron Union" last night with a hard his standings in the prominent 2. played 1-0 against powerful fighting Nürnberger "Yecenia" adopted football Federal League. Thus the iron are passed now Braunschweig and Dynamo Dresden 96, Eintracht tradition clubs such as VFB Stuttgart, Hannover. Other well known clubs such as Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1860 Munich, 1.FC St. Pauli or the yesterday's guest 1 FC Nuremberg are already far behind in the table. In this respect a downright magical atmosphere anyway always atmospheric Stadium now matches at the Union. The Tip: the chance to get one of the hopefully last second home League game in the Alte Försterei uses. It is worth!
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  • Great night out in Berlin - something a little different. Union Berlin fans don't disappoint. Accessible by public transport. Highlight of my trip to Berlin!  more »