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AOL Arena, Hamburg

AOL Arena is the main stadium of Hamburg, Germany. The arena was known as the Volksparkstadion until 2001 when AOL bought the naming rights.The arena is one of the 12 stadiums to be used in the 2006 World Cup. It will host four group games and a quarterfinal. The current arena is owned by HSV. It was inagurated on September 13th 1925 with a match between FC Altona 93 and HSV, HSV lost 2-3. At the time the stadium was also known as Altonaer Stadion however it was not the home ground of FC Altona 93(it was Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn).

After a long break the stadium was finally renovated and later rebuilt between 1951 and 1953 the stadium was rebuilt. On July 12th the stadium was opened under its new name Volksparkstadion(Peoples Park Stadium). It can now seat 75,000 people.

In May of 1998 HSV decided to replace the unpopular Volksparkstadion with a brand new stadium. Not only to help Germany get ready to host the World Cup but also because it was getting harder and harder to meet the saftey standards with such an old stadium. The old stadium was totally demolished and the new arena was rotated 90° to provide a equal viewing experiece for all the stands and to take advantage of sunlight. The new arena serves both as a football ground and a concert hall.

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