Through a sponsorship deal, the previous Niedersachsenstadion stadium is currently recognized as the HDI Arena. It was built between 1952 to 1954, and a huge amount of debris from the houses in Hannover destroyed during the World War II were used as the foundations of the stadium—so the budget for the total construction only cost 4 million German Mark. Through the years, the stadium has seen many changes, the most notable one being the redevelopment in 2003-04 by Schulitz & Partner Architects.
The Hannoverscher Sportverein 96 permanently moved to the HDI Arena from the Eilenriedestadion in 1959. Other local clubs in Germany also used it as a permanent home ground, including Arminia Hannover, OSV Hannover, TSV Havelse, and Sportfreunde Ricklingen. In addition to home team’s games, the stadium has hosted numerous international matches: 1974 FIFA World Cup, 1988 European Championship, and 2006 FIFA World Cup among others.
Home Team: Hannover 96
Field Size: 109.4 x 76.6 yards