Frankfurt City Council ambitious arena plans



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Frankfurt arena update July 2022 Image: AS+P & HHVision

On July 22nd, the Frankfurt City Council arrived at a decision to conduct an in-depth survey of the P9 car park site at the Sportpark Stadion Frankfurt am Main Gesellschaft für Projektentwicklungen mbH (SSF) (sports complex in Frankfurt, Germany) as a possible location for the construction of a multifunctional hall.

‘City of Frankfurt’ quoted Mike Josef, Head of the Sports and Planning Department, Frankfurt City Council, as stating, “Following a feasibility study for the area presented by us in March, we have now been able to reach a consensus to conduct an in-depth survey of the site. We’ve had building rights here since 2006. In my perspective, the multifunctional arena will have to come up in the above site as planning permission has not been granted for other locations in the City.”

The hall could be built on the site of the former cycle track, which is now used as a parking lot. Based on the present feasibility study, planning a multifunctional arena for 13,500 spectators can move ahead. The reins lie in the hands of the said sports complex in Frankfurt which is fully owned by the City.

‘City of Frankfurt’ stated that funds to the tune of 750,000 euros are being made available for the development. A decision to this effect will be taken by the City Council shortly.

Noted Bastian Bergerhoff, Frankfurt City Council Treasurer, “Key factors like the sustainability aspect, urban planning and traffic issues will have to be taken into consideration in order to enable the building of the multifunctional arena at P9. At the same time, other factors like implementation models are being examined. Our objective is to ensure that the hall is completed on time for the various professional sports teams of Frankfurt as well as for national and international sporting and cultural events.”

Eileen O’Sullivan, Head of the Department for Digitization, Citizen Service, Participation and EU Affairs, emphasized that the professional associations, other stakeholders as well as the citizens should participate in the planning process – “Their participation is important because we want to use the arena to expand the City’s range of sporting and cultural offerings, especially for the people of Frankfurt. The hall will play a key role on the cultural and sporting fronts.”

Stated Stephanie Wüst, Head of Economic Affairs, “The planned multifunctional hall should serve as a landmark of the City and be able to hold national and international sporting and cultural events as well as give a shot in the arm as far as the economic development of the City is concerned. The planned development will generate jobs and value add to the region and will help the various sporting organizations of the City of Frankfurt to flourish.”

The P9 site is owned by the City and is leased to SSF, which has concluded a commercial lease agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt GmbH on the use of the space. It is within the scope of the development plan No. 846 – Sportpark Waldstadion, which stipulates ‘SO Sportpark’ for P9.

To ensure that the planned arena can hold various sporting events and bring in economic boom, the operation and maintenance of the arena should be financed primarily from the revenue which will be generated for holding the various events.

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