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rewirpowerSTADION

Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia

Home of the VfL Bochum 1848

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rewirpowerSTADION (map it)
Castroper Straße 145
Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia 44791
Germany


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Year Opened: 1979

Capacity: 29,299

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Home of VfL Bochum 1848

The rewirpowerStadion (or Ruhrstadion) is home to German 2-Bundesliga club VfL Bochum 1848. They were originally formed in 1848 as a gymnastics club and they are one of the oldest teams in Germany, a traditionsverein. A football section was added to their current home in 1906, but the first ever game they played was in 1911, at the site of the current rewirpowerSTADION at the Castroper Strasse in Bochum. The first stadium they built, right after WWI had a capacity of almost 50,000 spectators, making it one of the most modern spots in the city. It had been financed by issuing shares to the fans, who helped in building the stadium in this way.

In 1938, the football club, together with the gymnastics section and the other ballclub were merged into VfL Bochum. It was part of a series of mergers into a multi-sports club with over 5,000 members. Other sports under the VfL banner include athletics, handball and volleyball.

The current stadium itself was built in the 1970’s, as the then Board of Directors saw that the stadium had to undergo several renovations in order to keep up with the standards. At that time (1974) the World Cup was held in West Germany and somehow the local rivals of Schalke (Gelsenkirchen) and Borussia Dortmund managed to get financing for a big new stadium. Dortmund at that time wasn’t even playing in the Bundesliga, while Bochum was. In the end the Bochumer decided to build their own ground.

The first game in rival Dortmund’s Westfalen Stadium wasn’t a game of Dortmund itself, but a match between Bochum and Schalke 04, because Bochum had to play in Dortmund due to the new building of their own stadium. After finishing it, the stadium was opened in 1979, then called the Ruhrstadion, with a capacity of 49,000 spectators.

Only recently (2006) the stadium been renamed rewirpowerSTADION, after the electric company that sponsors the venue’s name. It has featured a Female World Cup game in 2011, also forcing some renovations to the stadium, which took place from 2009-2011.

The current stadium has a maximum capacity of 29,299 with all covered spots, of which 13,125 are terraces.

VfL Bochum are German football's yo-yo team having been either promoted or relegated between the top two divisions eleven times since the early 1990's. Major honours have been few and far between with the only successes being three 2-Bundesliga titles in 1993/94, 1995/96 and 2005/06.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

As is the case for many of the German football stadiums, the food on offer is limited at rewirpowerSTADION to say the least. Don't expect to be treated to a feast, but what's on offer is indeed decent. The bratwurst (a nice € 2,50) is grilled over coals and wood, giving it that extra nice flavor! Bretzel can be had for a little less, and your beer and soda options are somewhat the same for all stadiums in Germany. The beer on offer wil cost you around € 3,90 for 0,5l of the liquid gold.

If you arrive at the stadium, just before going into the stands, take a walk around and you will find several food stalls and also a café inside the stadium (café 1848), where you can have a nice pre match drink.

Atmosphere    2

As German football stadiums go, the atmosphere at rewirpowerSTADION is rather lackluster. The usual singing is there, but only supported by a small group of fans. Don't expect it to be cracking in here. The team has been playing in the 2. Bundesliga for a while, and the fans have not been treated to the best of football recently. The stadium is mostly filled to 50% capacity, making it even harder to create that buzzing atmosphere you see in most other German stadiums (e.g. Dortmund).

Before the game, they play the club anthem, which basically narrates the story of the club and their connection with the Rewir. At that moment, expect the atmosphere to be great, because all will be singing, holding scarfs above their heads, and knowing the song word for word.

As for the away fans, they in particular never stop singing or chanting for the whole of the game with one or two of them orchestrating it while paying little attention to action on the field.

There is also a small section on the longer end of the field which will create some atmosphere, popping fireworks and confetti stuff, waving flags and adding some additional singing to the hardcore fans on the short end of the rewirpowerSTADION.

Neighborhood    3

The stadium is located in suburban Bochum, the heart of the Ruhrgebied. As it is a former mining town, the area in which the stadium is located can be described as rather gray. But in the neighborhood you can find at least one nice biergarten. Ritterburg is located only a stone's throw from the stadium. The biergarten is huge, has several distribution points and you can indulge in some local grub as well. Especially in the summer, this place is great for having a pre match drink, while chatting with some local fans.

The locals are friendly enough and the area around the stadium would not give you cause for concern, as is true for most of the German football teams.

If you are around the stadium, you'll find a group of people constantly asking for extra tickets. If you happen to have a spare one, prepare for some tough negotiations. You will be jumped by several and have to be very careful displaying it and handling money.

If you're travelling on a shoestring and haven't got loads of money to spare, go to the nearby Aldi supermarket and get some beers there. You'll be fine for the rest of the day.

If you are in the area before the game, stay the night and enjoy some nice drinking in the Bochum Bermuda DreiEck. It's a lively nightlife center and you will be able to enjoy yourself. There's a huge sports bar, televising all kinds of sports throughout the night. They serve food as well.

If you don't like being lit up by screens, go try Burgerado burger bar. They serve nice burgers, good beers and friendly service.

Fans    3

As for the club, they have been relegated for quite some time, creating a setback in fan support. The average attendance barely tips the 10,000 mark and you will see the fans following the game rather distanced from it. Bochum is not one of Germany's biggest clubs and they are in the shadow of nearby Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. Fans know their players, but aren't very inspired by their (lack of) enthusiasm or fighting spirit during the game.

Access    5

The ground is very easy to find, being on a main road and close to both the city centre and the peripheral road. You can park your car in the neighborhood for free. If you happen to stay the night and are in a city centre hotel, grab a tram from the Bermuda dreieck, which gets you to the ground in about 10 minutes. Tickets are very cheap. The tram service is frequent and goes past the stadium. At the end of the game there will be trams waiting to take fans away (in both directions) as quickly as possible. As for wheelchair access, the ground has some options for disabled seating.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for adults start at €11 for the terracing behind the goal while a ticket for the sideline seats are around € 25- € 30. Due to the fact the stadium is rather small and is somewhat an 'English style stadium,' you will have the opportunity to be right in the action, with players moving only a couple of meters in front of you. There are no supporting columns in stands so every seat gets an excellent view of proceedings. It is an average return on investment, but if you want to see good 2. Bundesliga football, the suggestion would be to go somewhere else. Even Rot-Weiss-Essen (lower league) creates better atmosphere and the tickets are cheaper.

Extras    2

A 60 page A4 programme for the game is issued for, which in England would have cost €4 or €5. There is a fan shop on the opposite side to Castroper Strabe in the stadioncenter selling the usual merchandise, while two mobile fan shops are located around the stadium perimeter.

I was not overly impressed with the exterior of the stadium, but once inside there was plenty of leg room, a lot more than you will get at grounds in England, especially the older English stadium.

Final Thoughts

One thing to note is that they will confiscate cameras with large lenses, as it is against their policy. The security is happy to let people through with compact cameras and they have no issue with photography during the game, so it is a rather odd decision not to let slightly larger cameras in.

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German Yo-Yo

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

The rewirpowerStadion (or Ruhrstadion) is home to German 2-Bundesliga club VfL Bochum 1848. They were originally formed in 1848 as a gymnastics club. A football section was added in 1911 and now, following a series of mergers are a multi-sports club with over 5,000 members. Other sports under the VfL banner include athletics, handball and volleyball.

VfL Bochum are German football's yo-yo team having been either promoted or relegated between the top two divisions eleven times since the early 1990's. Major honours have been few and far between with the only successes being three 2-Bundesliga titles in 1993/94, 1995/96 and 2005/06.

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