The Sports complex covers an area between 45 and 50 hectares, and comprises 35 sports facilities, including three ice rinks, two gymnasiums, a football stadium, as well as eight halls and open spaces for athletics, swimming, handball, volleyball, judo, fencing, archery, beach volleyball and football. The entire building ensemble (including the Dynamo-Sporthalle, built from 1956 to 1958), which was built from 1956 to designs by an architectural collective led by Walter Schmidt, is a protected building of cultural heritage. The Sportforum is the second largest sports complex in Berlin as of 2019.
One of the main users of the Sportforum is the Olympiastützpunkt Berlin (OSB). More than 300 national team athletes regularly train on the grounds. The Sportforum is the largest Olympic training center in Germany. In addition, there are eleven recognized regional service centers with around 800 national team athletes, a location for the Berlin School and Competitive Sports Center (formerly known as the sports school "Werner Seelenbinder"), the "House of Athletes" with around 200 boarding school places, and the Institute for Sports Science of the Humboldt University of Berlin, with approximately 500 students, and about 20 other sports clubs. More than 3,000 athletes use the Sportforum every day.
Among other main users are BFC Dynamo, Eisbären Berlin junior teams, SC Berlin and SSG Humboldt zu Berlin, but also other clubs use the Sportforum as a training ground, such as Berlin TSC, Füchse Berlin, ALBA Berlin junior teams, SC Charlottenburg, SV Preußen Berlin or SG Weißensee. In total, players from around 30 clubs use the Sportforum.
Ice sports arenas
The Wellblechpalast opened on the sports complex in 1963. It was the home arena of the ice hockey department of SC Dynamo Berlin, and served as the home arena of its continuation, the Eisbären Berlin, until 2008. The arena has a seating capacity for 4,695 people. A 400 m speed skating indoor arena opened on 17 November 1986, and was the first covered speed skating oval in the world, one day prior to Thialf in Heerenveen which hosted the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men later that season.
Speed skating track records
- 500 m (m): 34.85; Jeremy Wotherspoon, 14 March 2003
- 500 m (w): 37.52; Jenny Wolf, 6 November 2009
- 1000 m (m): 1:08.53; Shani Davis, 6 November 2009
- 1000 m (w): 1:15.04; Christine Nesbitt, 11 March 2012
- 1500 m (m): 1:44.47; Shani Davis, 8 November 2009
- 1500 m (w): 1:54:88; Jorien ter Mors, 8 December 2013
- 3000 m (m): 3:46.17; Håvard Bøkko, 25 October 2008
- 3000 m (w): 4:00.75; Martina Sáblíková, 6 November 2009
- 5000 m (m): 6:09.76; Sven Kramer, 17 November 2006
- 5000 m (w): 6:59.26; Martina Sáblíková, 10 February 2008
- 10000 m (m): 13:09.06; Sven Kramer, 10 February 2008
- team pursuit (m): 3:40.79; Netherlands, 19 November 2006
- team pursuit (w): 3:01.03; Canada, 11 March 2012
Stadion im Sportforum in 2006.
|Former names||Dynamo-Stadion im Sportforum|
|Address||Weißenseer Weg 53,|
13053 Berlin Weißensee
|Public transit||Sportforum (M13), Sandinostraße (M5)|
|Owner||State of Berlin|
|Record attendance||20,000 (BFC Dynamo-Liverpool FC, 29 November 1972)|
|Construction cost||1 million Mark|
The current stadium was completed in 1970 and initially held a capacity of 20,000 spectators. It replaced the Sportplatz Steffenstraße, which had previously occupied the site and had already been used by BFC Dynamo and its predecessor, the football department of SC Dynamo Berlin. The first matches of SC Dynamo Berlin took place at the site in 1954.
After the opening of the new stadium, BFC Dynamo played only one league season at the site, before the club moved its home matches to the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Prenzlauer Berg in 1971, which was vacant following the relocation of FC Vortwärts Berlin to Frankfurt an der Oder. From then, BFC Dynamo used the Sportforum primarily as a training facility.
As a result, the stadium was rarely used for larger matches. However, BFC Dynamo played its 1972-73 UEFA Cup matches against SCO Angers, Levski Sofia and FC Liverpool at the stadium. The attendance of 20,000 spectators during the match against Liverpool FC on 29 November 1972 is still the record attendance for the stadium as of 2019. First division football returned to the stadium in 1986, as the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark was under renovation during the 1986-87 season. BFC Dynamo also played its two 1986-87 European Cup matches against Örgryte IS and Brøndby IF at the stadium.
BFC Dynamo, now under the interim name FC Berlin, returned to the Sportforum in 1992. The club used the stadium for its Oberliga Nordost home matches, which now had a capacity of 11,000 standing places and 2,500 seated places, of which 400 were roofed. Subsequently, BFC Dynamo also made plans to buy the stadium, but which eventually failed due to lack of financial resources.
The stadium was renovated during the 2005-06 season, to include new fences and player tunnels required to meet security standards. Following its advance to the Regionalliga Nordost in 2014, and the subsequent higher media and spectator interest, BFC Dynamo returned permanently to the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark from the 2014-15 season. However, BFC Dynamo played matches at the Stadion im Sportforum in 2019 due to the deteriorating state of the floodlights at the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, which resulted in a temporary closure of the stadium, and are set to return to the Stadion im Sportforum for the 2020-21 season, as the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark is planned to be demolished in 2020 and completely redeveloped. The DFB has classified the Stadion im Sportforum with third division standard, if only a few small requirements are met, such as new press seats and a better separated press block.
The speed skating oval during 2008–09 ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Berlin in 2008.
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