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Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup Venues

FIFA World Cup Host Cities - LEIPZIG

Leipzig city profile

Population: 495,000
Federal State: Sachsen
Airports: Leipzig/Halle Airport
Origins: The first Slavic village settlement emerged between the 7th and 9th Century near the confluence of the Elster and Parthe rivers. In 1165, Margrave Otto the Rich conferred city status and market rights upon Leipzig.
Football Clubs: No team from Leipzig is currently playing in the first or second division.

Leipzig Germany 2006Leipzig is currently experiencing a time of social upheaval. Tradition and progress can be felt everywhere, the former being reflected in the historic old town with its splendid architecture showing evidence of a great past as a Fair city. Book printing and book trading made Leipzig a centre of European culture in the late Middle Ages. Education, culture and science have always played an important role: Leibniz, Goethe, Schiller and Bach were all drawn to the city, whose university was founded as early as 1409.

Leipzig is a bourgeois city and its citizens have always felt obligated to the arts. The "Gewandhaus Orchestra", founded in 1743 by Leipzig citizens, the opera house and the famous "Thomaner Choir" have their roots in this tradition. Although numerous wars and the separation of Germany have left deep marks, Leipzig's citizens have always retained their pioneering spirit and their courage to tackle problems. This attitude became particularly evident in the events in autumn 1989.

At the height of the "Monday Demonstrations" on 9 October, 70,000 people marched around the Leipzig Ring. With their slogan of "We Are The People" they triggered the end of the German Democratic Republic in a peaceful revolution and cleared the way for the re-unification of Germany.

Leipzig can look back on a proud tradition as a sports city and has been considered "Germany's City of Gymnastics" since the 19th Century. In the German Democratic Republic, Leipzig was the absolute sports centre with the Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur (DHfK) - the German College for Physical Education. Football has played a major role, too. The German Football Association, DFB, was founded in Leipzig in 1900; and VfB Leipzig achieved the first national German football title in 1903.

The great tradition in football is documented in major international matches hosted by Leipzig's largest and most famous sports venue, the Zentralstadion. About 60,000 keep-fit enthusiasts in Leipzig exercise sports in 300 clubs which are the soul of the sports city of Leipzig. The top athletes prepare for international events at the Olympic Training Centre Leipzig.

Whether professional sport or sports for all - many venues offer excellent training conditions. The International Equestrian and Show Jumping event, the DFB Indoor Cup series, the Grand Prix of Germany in freestyle wrestling, the International Women's Grand Prix event in tennis, the World Cup event in women's foil fencing or the International Leipzig Six Days in cycling have made Leipzig famous beyond Germany's borders.

Major events at the Leipzig Zentralstadion
  • International matches of the GDR national team
  • UEFA Cup matches of Lokomotive Leipzig
  • Major national and international track and field events with numerous world records
  • Gymnastics and sports festivals with more than 100,000 participants each
  • Protestant Church Congress Closing event (1997)
  • German Gymnastics Festival in 2002

Leipzig stadium profile

Population: 494,000
Stadium: Zentralstadion
Project: New stadium
Investment: 90.6 million Euro

Gross Capacity: 44,199
Total Seating Capacity: 38,898 (*)
Purchasable Ticket Capacity (**)

  • Group stage: 34,384
  • Round of sixteen: 34,038

Leipzig StadiumAfter the completion of the Leipzig Zentralstadion in December 2003, the trading metropolis of Leipzig gained an architecturally distinctive and technically advanced football stadium.

The 45,000-seat arena was commissioned specifically for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Following the peaceful revolution and reunification, Leipzig serves as the beating heart of a forward-.looking, dynamic region in the east of the German Federal Republic. As one of a total of 12 FIFA World Cup Host Cities, Leipzig will stage four group stage matches and a match in the round of sixteen at the showcase event in summer 2006.

The new heart of the tradition-rich Leipzig Sportforum offers a unique blend of past and future. The “old” Zentralstadion, which opened in 1956 after a 15-month construction phase, was once the largest stadium in Germany with a capacity of 100,000.

In October 1997, Leipzig city council resolved to construct a new purpose-built football stadium within the old stadium walls. Bridges connect the new stadium complex with the old walls, guiding spectators to their covered seats in the complete oval of the lower tier or the upper tiers along the sides of the playing area.

The spectacular roof with integrated floodlighting provides the visual highlight at the new stadium. Outstanding acoustics are guaranteed by a finely balanced, tailored PA system.

The Leipzig Zentralstadion fulfils the detailed specification laid down by football's world governing body FIFA, including the requirement for all-seater stadiums. Spectator safety is reinforced by an innovative emergency evacuation system.

€63.2m from the city (with aid from the federal government), €27.4m from EMKA GmbH.

(*) "Total Seating Capacity" means the Gross Capacity less the seats unavailable for use due to restricted views and security/contingency reserves for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This capacity is estimated and may change once these deductions are finally determined.
(**) "Purchasable Ticket Capacity" means the Total Seating Capacity less tickets reserved for the media and press, VIP requirements and complimentary tickets. This capacity is based on maximum media requirements and may change once these requirements are finally determined.

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