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Alte Försterei, Berlin

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Stadion An der Alten Försterei is a 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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  • This is a magical place... A must for every Berlin visitor who is interested in football! There is a stadium that was built by volunteers, what better. The atmosphere is breathtaking...
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  • Visited the stadium to the away match by Eintracht Braunschweig. Great atmosphere, civilian staff. The atmosphere was really great. The music before the game and during the break, I was really love surprised. Which Stadium you hear already Rio Reiser. Thank you for the beautiful evening.
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  • The best football stadium of the club FC Union Berlin. Great Super atmosphere, the Woods located. Annual Christmas Carol concert with 25,000 visitors.
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  • I had such a blast here, what a fun time. FC Union has such hardcore fans, there's tons of energy everywhere. It's definitely worth the trip to see their games.
  • Hiddin the forests close to Berlin. Great trip with the S/U-Bahn from the center. Loved the genuine Eastern-German vibe there. Welcoming fans as well!
  • Great atmosphare during FC Union's matches. Best football experience in Berlin! Good view from all angles. Note that 3 stands (out of 4) are standing-only.
  • Union Berlin is a great team with an tremendous atmosphere during matches
  • A great stadium located in the heart of a forest. The stadium was built by the fans, for the fans. An absolute gem of a ground.