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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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  • During our visit, the game was rather mediocre. But the support of the Union fans was impressive. A sleek, small football stadium in which it is really loud. A visit is worthwhile in any case.
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  • The stadium is located in the Kopenick area of Berlin a roughly 30 minute train ride from central Berlin. The walk from the train station to the stadium is roughly about 10 minutes long but on the jou...  more »
  • What can we say... again an experience itself as a guest fan, this is still real football. Super deal with each other regardless of whether guest fan or home fan
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