Berlin- Hertha President Werner Gegenbauer and Chief Executive Ingo Schiller met with Minister for Sport and Home Affairs Andreas Geisel and Secretary of Sport Aleksander Dzembritski. The talks were friendly, loyal and constructive. Both parties have spent the last few months laying out plans for a reconstruction of the Olympiastadion, or more more specifically, the building of a new stadium in the Olympiapark.
The department of Sport and Hertha BSC lay heavy emphasis on the special responsibility for the area and the Olympiastadion.
The department for Home Affairs and Sport has looked over the reconstruction of the Olympiastadion in conjunction with the architectural firm gmp.
The preferred route would be to sink the playing surface and provide a re-design of the lower tiers. The running track would also be removed, but could be re-installed on a temporary basis for athletics events.
Hertha BSC presented an updated proposal by the Albert Speer + Partner(AS+P) architectural firm to the Minister for Sport and Home Affairs and the Secretary of Sport on Tuesday, aiming to tackle any potential setbacks that were highlighted in the original designs and answer any questions.
Hertha have adjusted their plans for the new-build with the size of the plot and monument protection in mind.
The Ministry for Sport and Hertha view both sets of plans as technically feasible. Secretary of Sport Geisel said. “We now have detailed and clear drafts available to us. The options must now be discussed from a financial and sporting political perspective.
In accordance with the Bundesland of Berlin the economy of the Olympiastadion must be guaranteed in the future. Therefore a potential new build with a just an exclusion clause for the Olympiastadion is also possible. The sole financial risk must lie by Hertha BSC. The Bundesland of Berlin needs a guarantee of completion,” said Geisel.
"A good day for Hertha BSC"
Werner Gegenbauer, Hertha BSC president: “This is a good day for Hertha. We respect the stance of the department, who thinks both proposals are doable. For Hertha, the new-build would clearly be the better solution.”
Ingo Schiller, chief executive, of Hertha: “We’re very happy that our reconfigured plans have been rated as technically feasible and we are looking forward to further discussions. Both sides are agreed, that there should be no replacement of the current clubs. Irrespective of a reconstruction or a complete renovation it must be ensured that the Olympiapark remains accessible and be more available for the team and mass sports."
Secretary of sport Geisel confirmed that the plans will be presented to the sporting committee of the house of representatives on May 18, 2018.
Please Note: The newly-built stadium in the picture is only an artist’s impression, and NOT an official architectural suggestion.