Local residents fight against Freiburg’s new stadium

German Bundesliga football club SC Freiburg has been hit by the news that an emergency application has been filed to stop construction of its new stadium.

The news comes a week after the regional council issued the building permit for the venue, which is set to be developed on a site near to the city of Freiburg’s municipal airport. Local newspaper Badische Zeitung said six local residents have filed the complaint, with applications possible within a month of the granting of the building permit on November 16.

The city administration had intended to establish the construction site this week. Court spokesman Klaus Döll told Badische Zeitung that the administrative court would rule on the application “as soon as possible”.

The new 34,700-capacity stadium is currently scheduled for completion in time for the 2020-21 season. Around 36 per cent of the stadium’s capacity will be dedicated to safe standing, which equates to approximately 12,400 supporters.

Freiburg has played at the Schwarzwald-Stadion since it opened in 1954. The stadium currently has a capacity of around 24,000 for Bundesliga matches.

Image: SC Freiburg