• Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt (former Waldstadion)
    © Heiner Leiska
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Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt (former Waldstadion)

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2005

The World Cup 2006 brought with it the opportunity to convert the legendary Wald Stadium into a large-scale arena for sports, concerts, business and other major events. Therefore a closed roof over the playing field was required, ideally a retractable roof construction. The world-wide biggest retractable roof was created, unfolding radially towards the center and disappearing inside the video-cube. The advanced development of the spoke-wheel principle made it possible to realize the design: above the grandstand a fixed roof was installed. It consists of an outer compression ring and two splayed inner tension rings, connected by 44 radial cables. The permanent roof structure concentrates the deviation forces at the corners, thereby adapting to the grandstand. The fixed roof is covered by a translucent membrane, which is replaced by a transparent polycarbonate skin in the front portion to ensure sufficient influx of daylight for the lawn.


  • Location

    Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Architect

    gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Awards

    Outstanding Structure Award 2007

  • Client

    Stadion Frankfurt Management GmbH

  • Contractor

    Max Bögl GmbH & Co.KG, Neumarkt

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision, erection engineering

  • Fixed roof 29,000 m²
  • Seats 48,000
  • Retractable roof 8,200 m²
  • Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt (former Waldstadion) © Heiner Leiska
  • Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt (former Waldstadion) © Heiner Leiska
  • Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt (former Waldstadion) © Heiner Leiska

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