Posted by: Lee H | 10/04/2010

Loved and Lost – Parkstadion

Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen (1973-2001)

Parkstadion - Former Home of Schalke 04

Capacity – 62,109

Home of – FC Schalke 04

Last Result At Stadium – Schalke 5-3 Unterhaching

Last Goalscorer At Stadium – Ebbe Sand (Schalke)

The North Stand Jumbatron in 1998

History

Built in 1973 as part of Germany’s hosting of the 1974 World Cup, the Parkstadion was to remain home of Schalke for the next 28 years. The stadium also hosted two fixtures during Euro 88 and the first leg of the Uefa Cup Final in 1997, where Schalke met Inter Milan. Schalke went onto win the trophy in the San Siro in the second leg. The famous jumbatron perched above the North Stand was one of the more recongisable features of the stadium before being donated to Erzgebirgsstadion in Aue.

In 2001, Schalke moved to the adjacent Arena AufSchalke or Veltins Arena as it is known now, but continued to use the Parkstadion for training and other purposes. Most of the Parkstadion itself, including the famous old grandstand still remained standing until early last year when Schalke announced it was to be demolished to pave the way for a new training arena.

Famous Match

Netherlands v Republic of Ireland (Euro 88)

The Old Grandstand at the Parkstadion

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