History

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The Olympiastadion in 1936

In May 1931, the IOC in Lausanne announced that the 1936 Olympic games would take place in Berlin. Construction began in 1934, based on the designs of Werner March, which were revised upon insistence by the Nazis in 1933, the new plans including the Maifeld parade square and the expanded Waldbühne amphitheatre.
26,000 seats in the upper tier were covered by a roof between 1972-73 for the 1974 World Cup. The roof was designed by architects Prof. Friedrich-Wilhelm Krahe and Kurt Dübbers.

In May 1931, the IOC in Lausanne announced that the 1936 Olympic Games would take place in Berlin. Construction began in 1934, based on the designs of Werner March, which were revised upon insistence by the National Sociailist party in 1933, the new plans including the Maifeld parade square and the expanded Waldbühne amphitheatre.

Construction between 1972 and 1973 meant that 26,000 seats in the upper tier were covered by a roof for the 1974 World Cup. The roof was designed by architects Prof. Friedrich-Wilhelm Krahe and Kurt Dübbers.

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The Olympiastadion with a roof and floodlights

Floodlights built in 1965

From 1965 to 1967, four 97.5m tall floodlights were built outside of the stadium, which had a significant impact on the silhouette of the Olympiastadion. The stands and playing field were separated by perspex in 1968.
With the withdrawal of the Allies and Berlin's application to host the 2000 Olympic games, thinking turned to the future of the dilapidated and outdated stadium in 1993.

From 1965 to 1967, four 97.5m-tall floodlights were built outside of the stadium, which had a significant impact on the silhouette of the Olympiastadion. The stands and playing field were separated by perspex glass in 1968.

With the withdrawal of the Allies and Berlin's application to host the 2000 Olympic games, thinking turned to the future of the dilapidated and outdated stadium in 1993.

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The finished Olympiastadion upon its reopening

Renovations commence

Supporting structures patched up the rot temporarily. In May 1998, the Berlin senate approved of the restoration. The planning consortium gmp'p, consisting of Hamburg-based architectural office Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), Berlin engineering firm Krebs und Kiefer, I'RW AG as well as the IbB engineering firm Professor Burkhardt won the contract in December 1998. Construction was started by Walter Bau AG on 3rd July 2000 in the presence of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, former city mayor Eberhard Diepgen and city development senator Peter Strieder.
On 31st July 2004, the 'new' Olympiastadion was officially opened.
More information on the Olympiastadion can be found on https://olympiastadion.berlin/en/home

Supporting structures patched up the desintegrating stadium temporarily. In May 1998, the Berlin senate approved of the restoration. The planning consortium gmp'p, consisting of Hamburg-based architectural office Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), Berlin engineering firm Krebs und Kiefer, I'RW AG as well as the IbB engineering firm Professor Burkhardt won the contract in December 1998. Construction was started by Walter Bau AG on 3rd July 2000 in the presence of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, former city mayor Eberhard Diepgen and city development senator Peter Strieder.

On 31st July 2004, the 'new' Olympiastadion was officially opened.

More information on the Olympiastadion can be found on the Olympiastadion website.

Olympiastadion, 10.05.2019