Functional, sustainable, creative and economical
The new stadium should be a venue full of Freiburg’s footballing culture – the spirit of the old stadium should be present in the new one.
What ensures that a football stadium has character? “The supporters, who pack the stands, and create atmosphere,” according to SC head coach Christian Streich, whose opinion couldn’t be altered when other options were put to him. Despite his resoluteness, it is remarkable how quickly some people overlook the importance of the supporters. Designers often forget to include spectators in the stands, players on the pitches and coaches on the touchline in their work. It is rare that their pieces show everything coming together as one.
From looking at the design, which was chosen after numerous discussions and a vote cast by representatives from the regional and city councils as well as the club, we believe that the stadium will create many opportunities for SC Freiburg and the wider community. On the one hand, it will be a venue that carries out its primary purpose impeccably at the highest level of German football, yet on the other it will be full of spaces that can be used in other contexts. The design brief was to ensure that numerous activities could take place within the stadium.
Football brings joy to the region
We’re of the belief that the stadium should typify Freiburg’s footballing culture. In Freiburg, football is special. Wins aren’t overestimated and defeats aren’t the end of the world. In Freiburg, football isn’t a way to release your frustrations – here it brings about a sense of joy. In this way, it is something for everyone in the region to enjoy, just like the wonderful landscape, delicious food and good wine also is.
This idea of uniqueness can be clearly felt within the design put forward by HPP. The stadium, which is going to be built in the Wolfswinkel region, has a distinct design, one that is unlike any other. For example, the architect has designed a roof support system that is like no other.
The new stadium will consists of four stands of varying heights and aesthetic qualities, whilst retaining an elegant and orderly feel, in a similar style to the Schwarzwald-Stadion, meaning old and new are combined in a stylish manner. One of the most pleasing aspects of the design is how it has managed to ensure that the special features of the Schwarzwald-Stadion, such as its spirit, will also be present at the new stadium in Wolfswinkel. The fine details make the difference.
Visitors should get a sense of déjà-vu
As a result of the way that the dominant roof structure has been constructed, the stadium will retain similarities to the Schwarzwald-Stadion. It is going to be compact and equipped with tight, steep stands that enable all supporters to be as close to the action as possible. Even though the majority of the stands are going to feature two tiers, the new stadium should instil a sense of déjà vu into spectators. Terraces for home supporters will be positioned behind both goals, with the single-tiered main one for the most passionate home supporters being position behind the south goal.
Additionally, much like in the Schwarzwald-Stadion, away fans will be positioned opposite the main SC terrace. There will be terracing for them in the lower tier and seats will be also be made available in the top tier. However, in the new stadium their visibility levels will be significantly higher. The comfort for visiting supporters isn’t the only way in which typical Freiburg hospitality will be felt more strongly in the new stadium than in the club’s present home.
First and foremost, the introduction of a barrier-free entry system via ramps at all four corners of the stadium will enable all visitors to access the esplanade, which circumnavigates the stadium, in a simple yet effective manner. Positions set aside for wheelchair users and their companions will be covered, unlike the current stadium, doubled in number and positioned throughout the venue. Supporters will be able to watch the game however they see fit, due to the fact that the proportion of terracing positions within the stadium will be 36% – a league high. Sport-Club aims to be a good neighbour. SC and the Freiburg City Council have worked hard to create a system that will disrupt local residents as little as possible. Consequently, it will set up a local residents’ committee in Mooswald, much like the ones currently in operation in Littenweiler, Ebnet and Waldsee, in order to create open dialogue.
The new stadium, which will enable SC to bring the first team and U23s together, will be environmentally friendly. One of the main ways that this will happen is through the use of a pioneering heating system in co-ordination with Solvay/Rhodia. The excess thermal energy provided by the company will be used by the club to heat the entire stadium. This concept should act as an example for all as it is economical, functional, sustainable and creative – traits that the club has traditionally held and will continue to do so as it moves to its new stadium in Wolfswinkel.
In short, the venue, in which Freiburg’s footballing culture will be rehoused, will be open to all. And, , to quote Christian Streich, “the players, coaches and fans will breathe life into it.”