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Karlsruher SC opens new-look stadium against Liverpool

Featured image credit: Karlsruher SC

Featured image credit: Karlsruher SC

German 2.Bundesliga football club Karlsruher SC officially opened its revamped BBBank Wildpark yesterday (Wednesday) with a 4-2 friendly defeat against Premier League club Liverpool.

BBBank Wildpark, which has served as the club’s home since 1955, has undergone a major redevelopment project that commenced at the end of 2018. Karlsruher SC announced last month that the stadium would reopen with a friendly against Liverpool.

A near-capacity crowd of 34,000 was in attendance for the game. Liverpool opened the scoring after just three minutes with a goal from Darwin Núñez, before the home side turned the game around with goals either side of half-time to lead 2-1.

Liverpool equalised through Cody Gakpo on 69 minutes, before two injury-time goals from Diogo Jota secured the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The project to transform BBBank Wildpark was given a budget of €123m (£107m/$137m), with the new-look stadium having a capacity of 35,000. Work was originally due to be completed in the summer of 2022, but the delivery date was postponed by a year.