Reaction to the new stadium

“Moving stadium will be a huge moment in the history of the club. It’s going to be a once in a lifetime moment for everyone involved. I am certain that it’s going to feel like home for our supporters. The stadium is going to be extremely special, but first and foremost it is a proper football stadium. We’re delighted to be able to present a design for it after years of planning. We want to ensure that all of the good elements currently found in the Schwarzwald-Stadion follow us into our new home. We can’t wait to welcome everyone are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new stadium.”

Fritz Keller, SC Freiburg president

“I have been following the club since I was a student and fondly remember watching matches at what was then called the Dreisamstadion. For myself, and many others, moving is not going to be easy. However, the design shows that the new stadium will be full of the character that we have come to expect over time. True SC fans recognise that the club, which we have taken to heart over the years, has no future without moving into a new stadium.”

Dieter Salomon, Mayor of Freiburg

“Helping to secure and develop the future of football in Freiburg is our motivation for the project – we’re doing this for our fans, the club, the city, the wider region, our partners and our sponsors. The new stadium is a perquisite for making this happen. We have invested a lot of energy, passion, time and money into this project in recent months and years. I am delighted that we have chosen a design now, one which meets our requirements on functional and aesthetic levels. This is a key milestone for the project and enables us to continue with a clear focus and fixed targets in mind.”

Oliver Leki, SC Freiburg chairman

“Köster and HPP Architekten have come on board and we now have an experienced and highly professional team working on the project. The design is perfect for Freiburg and it is clear that the location chosen is the correct one. It is located near the Wolfsbuck hills, airport and university, meaning the venue has facilities around it making it worth revisiting, whilst also creating a point of identification for SC fans, but also for the people of Freiburg.”

Martin Haag, Head of Construction at the Freiburg City Council

“I am certain that the club will be able to identify itself with the stadium. A typical Freiburg atmosphere will certainly be possible within it. I really like the design and believe that the fans will to. Working conditions for the first team and our reserves have been fully considered and are a marked improvement on what they have currently. Being able to bring both teams together was a key aim for this project.”

Jochen Saier, SC Freiburg board member

“I see a lot of SC Freiburg in the design we have opted for, although it is worth saying that the other designs we were presented with during this process also managed this well. A lot of thought went into the process – we have considered functionality and economic conditions. We’ve had rational, but also controversial, discussions. The financial conditions that we have established will be followed for decades to come and ensures that the club will cover a large proportion of the costs incurred throughout the project. SC, its members and its fans should be proud of that.”

Dr. Heinrich Breit, SC Freiburg supervisory committee member

“We are delighted that the city council and the club are so pleased with the design and are honoured to have the opportunity to build a football stadium for a top-flight side again. As the main construction company on this project, we strongly believe in ensuring that the dialogue between the various other companies involved in the project. It’s extremely key that we do this in order to achieve our goals to the highest standard. If we manage that, we will have achieved a perfect build in a sustainable and harmonious manner.”

Claude-Patrick Jeutter, Köster GmbH chairman

“The design is based on the architectural creation of a project filled with identity, one which consists of an octagonal structure and an orthogonal roof. The diagonal supports work together with the covered entry points in each corner to create a dynamic and eye-catching image. The journey into the interior of the stadium, via the entrances but also the walkways, will help induce a feeling of excitement. It will make you feel like you are being invited to be part of something special. The design of the venue itself works together perfectly with the slowly rising hills within the region to form an archetypical creation which will be recognised from a distance as a football stadium, but also as somewhere that is open to all.”

Antonino Vultaggio, HPP Architekten GmbH’s representative on the project

“The new stadium looks great in the designs and has a special feel about it already. I’m looking forward to seeing it come to fruition because the stadium is a key facet in enabling the club to become more sociably responsible and increasing its involvement in the community. Of course, I would also love to have the opportunity to watch plenty of SC games in the new stadium.”

Hannelore Stocker, SC Freiburg supervisory board member

“Ultimately, it is the supporters that make a stadium complete – they are the ones that pack the stands and create a unique atmosphere wherever they go. The designs for the new SC stadium look great. It’s going to be tight, meaning everyone is near the pitch. The terrace behind the goal looks great. The new stadium has everything you could want from a venue. It definitely will meet the requirements of the team, the staff and the supporters.”

Christian Streich, SC Freiburg head coach

“In the 18th century, Italian architect and engineer Giovanni Battista Nolli created an ichnographic plan of Rome and many of the ideas displayed in his work are used today by planners. One of the key features of this plan was that it featured predominantly white surfaces, with individual buildings denoted by crosshatching. In this way, Nolli’s plan of the city as the city is similar to an apartment’s floorplan. The streets, open spaces and buildings are just like corridors and rooms. Freiburg has plenty of public space, but also many high-quality ‘corridors and rooms.’ As a result of this, companies who opt to undertake construction products within the city aren’t building in it as such, but rather they are building on it – on properties that belong to us residents.

As we all know, a football stadium is one of the most important buildings within a city. It is tasked with housing thousands on a regular basis, however, it cannot exist on its own. The venue has to feel like part of the city, both internally and externally. And this is a key part of this project – primarily, it has to be a functional sporting venue, yet on the other, it needs to feel just as part of the city as the churches, museums, theatre and university buildings. It needs to be somewhere generation of people from Freiburg will be proud of.

Now that the design process is complete, I can only congratulate those involved. In the future, Freiburg will have a modern football stadium, which will have its own identity. Additionally, I would like to emphasise the quality of the open spaces that have been incorporated into the design and the role that they will play on arrival to the venue. The design has made the stadium easy to access from all directions, as well as the city’s public transport network. Consequently, your visit to the stadium won’t start when you enter it – instead, it will begin when you get off the train or bus.

The architects have chosen to design the exterior of the stadium in a way that doesn’t mirror the seating bowl, but instead takes a more rectangular form. As a result of this strategy, a number of designated, covered entry points are created, which will offer welcome respite during bad weather. The work that the architects have done to ensure that the stadium suits the wider landscape is admirable. However, the architecture only really matters when conditions relating to functionality and finances are met. Looking at these plans, there should be no problems as far as this project is concerned. Added value comes from the fact that the stadium is unique and offers great opportunity to present SC Freiburg to the wider community. The stadium is going to be aesthletically pleasing, which cannot be underestimated, however, the key factor is that it is going to be perfect for football and ideal for the city.

We’re not yet talking about a final plan, one that can be handed over to the necessary companies tomorrow. We have a clear and sustainable concept in mind, but at the minute it is still just a concept. There are a few more steps in the planning stage that need completing. I hope that the city’s residents and football supporters get behind the project in the same way that the club has done. If that happens, a long-lasting, fruitful relationship between the club and the city will have been established.”

Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, member of the Freiburg City Council’s architectural advisory board