Hertha outline new stadium plans

Berlin-based soccer club unveil plans for move to state of the art new venue.

Hertha outline new stadium plans

German soccer side Hertha Berlin have unveiled plans to leave the Olympiastadion and move to a new privately funded state of the art stadium.

Having analysed over 50 locations across the German capital, Bundesliga side Hertha have now offically confirmed their intentions to build a "pure football arena" next to their existing home venue in Wilmersdorf, Berlin.

Though it has been renovated several times over its history, the Olympiastadion was originally constructed for the city's Olympic Games in 1936.

Its capacity of 74,649 makes it the second largest stadium in Germany's top division, after Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, but Hertha have rarely filled the arena. During the 1980s, when the club fell into the second tier of German soccer, they played at the smaller Poststadion. In recent seasons they have had an average attendance of 50,000.

The intention is to have the new stadium ready for 2025, when the current lease on the Olympiastadion expires.

"For the Bundesliga day, which accounts for 95 percent of our game business, the Olympiastadion is no longer suitable and future-oriented," Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer told the club's official website. "As a club and medium-sized company, we cannot bear the disadvantage of a much too great and ageing Olympiastadion, which does not belong to us. Hertha BSC is firmly convinced that the Berlin Senate recognises the necessity of a new building."

Hertha have undergone a resurgence in recent years. After spending two seasons in the 2. Bundesliga in the past decade, they finished in seventh place in last season's top tier and currently sit in sixth, which would be enough to see them qualify for the Europa League.