Due to the renovation of Union Berlin's Stadion An der Alten Försterei, the Bundesliga soccer team will move for one season in two years' time.
"In the 2025/2026 season we plan to play in the Olympic Stadium," said club president Dirk Zingler in a club interview on the Köpenicker website. "We do it deliberately because we want to keep this time when we wouldn't be playing here as short as possible."
Therefore, all accompanying construction measures should be completed beforehand. "Not that something is delayed and then we suddenly have to stay over there for a year and a half or two," said the 58-year-old. Union city rivals Hertha BSC also play in the Olympic Stadium.
After the renovation, the An der Alten Försterei stadium will have a capacity of around 37,700 (previously 22,012). The original plans for this were presented in 2017. The Corona crisis and problems with the traffic concept caused the delay. In November, Zingler said that the expansion of the Alte Försterei would not begin until 2024 at the earliest.
Extensive construction work around the stadium will begin as early as the end of June. Among other things, a new professional training center, a multi-storey car park and a clubhouse will be built. All work is scheduled to be completed by June 2026.