No noise please, we’re German: Night matches banned at Freiburg’s new €80m stadium

The Guardian Sports 0 month ago

Freiburg have been delivered a huge blow after the Bundesliga club were told they cannot stage night games or matches between 1pm and 3pm on Sundays at their new €80m stadium, which is due to open next season, because of fears over noise.

The administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that Freiburg will be prevented from holding matches at key times in German football’s schedule – deemed “daily rest periods” by the state authority and anxious local residents.

The court specified that “games are allowed on weekdays from 8am to 8pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm”. Key kick-off times in the Bundesliga affected are currently Fridays at 8.30pm, Saturdays at 6.30pm, Sundays at 1.30pm and Mondays at 8.30pm, leaving the Freiburg with just Saturday afternoon kick-off times to stage fixtures.

The ruling follows protests from nearby residents of Mooswald about anticipated levels of noise at the new 34,700-capacity stadium, which is slated for completion for next summer and at a cost of around €80m, according to StadiumDB.com.

In May, the club, currently sixth in the Bundesliga after eight games, beat a legal challenge to halt construction after local residents had filed a lawsuit against the building permit, citing concerns over noise and increased traffic. Freiburg’s home since 1954 has been 24,000-capacity Schwarzwald-Stadion.

On announcing the club’s plans had been granted a planning green light two years ago, Freiberg stated: “It should become a home, support identity and do justice to the high demands of design and functionality. There are already so many great ideas and so much passion, love and effort in this stadium – imagine what it will be like when it is brought to life by Freiburg fans?”


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