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Augsburg Arena

WWK Arena
Impuls Arena Augsburg 2011.jpg
Former namesAugsburg Arena (2006–2009)
Impuls Arena (2009–2011)
SGL Arena (2011–2015)
LocationAugsburg, Germany
Coordinates48°19′23.3″N 10°53′9.6″E / 48.323139°N 10.886000°E / 48.323139; 10.886000
OwnerFC Augsburg
Capacity30,660[1] (league matches),
28,367 (international matches)
Surfacegrass
Construction
Opened26 July 2009
Construction cost€45 million
ArchitectBernhard & Kögl
Tenants
FC Augsburg (2009–present)
Germany national football team (selected matches)

Augsburg Arena, currently known commercially as the WWK Arena (German pronunciation: [ˌveːveːˈkaː ʔaˌʁeːnaː], officially stylised as WWK ARENA) is a football stadium in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of FC Augsburg.

The stadium has a capacity of 30,660 with 19,060 seats and standing room for 11,034. A second phase of construction could expand capacity to 49,000 in the future.[2] It replaced the club's previous home stadium, Rosenaustadion.

During the time of designing and constructing the stadium, it was called "Augsburg Arena" [ˈʔaʊksbʊʁk ʔaˌʁeːnaː]. It was opened as "Impuls Arena" ([ʔɪmˈpʊls ʔaˌʁeːnaː], officially stylised as impuls arena), and was renamed "SGL Arena" ([ˌʔɛsɡeːˈʔɛl ʔaˌʁeːnaː], officially stylised as SGL arena) after SGL Carbon acquired the naming rights for the structure in May 2011. The contract had a term of seven years and began on 1 July 2011.[3] On 1 July 2015 the stadium naming rights were acquired by WWK, an insurance company, changing the official name of the stadium to "WWK ARENA".[4]

Augsburg was one of the official host cities of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the subsequent 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Impuls arena was the location of several matches during the group stage and the quarterfinals. During the FIFA-competitions it was renamed "FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium Augsburg".

WWK Arena is the first climate-neutral football stadium in the world. The carbon neutrality was achieved by six ecological heat pumps (40 m deep), which produce the desired temperature via heat exchangers. A bio natural gas boiler also supplies the necessary energy during peak load times at a game.[5][6] In 2017, a new stadium facade will be made for the WWK Arena.[7]

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References

  1. ^ "World Stadiums - Stadiums in Germany". Worldstadiums.com. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ "BAM to build football stadium in Augsburg". PropertyEU. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  3. ^ "impuls arena wird zur SGL Arena". Official website (in German). FC Augsburg. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  4. ^ "FCA spielt künftig in der WWK ARENA". Official website (in German). FC Augsburg. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  5. ^ Lechwerke AG: Präsentation zur Klimaneutralität der impuls arena Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine (PDF) Gemeindezeitung.de
  6. ^ Agentur für Erneuerbare Energie: Bundesliga-Winterpause: Die Erneuerbaren Energien bleiben am Ball. Pressemitteilung vom 29. Dezember 2014
  7. ^ "Germany: WWK Arena finally getting its facades – StadiumDB.com". Stadiumdb.com. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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