Stadion am Zoo: Feasibility Study Gives Green Light for Wuppertal Stadium Refurbishment

An arena with a walk-on roof; this is what the new Stadion am Zoo could look like.

Since May 2018 Drees & Sommer has carried out a project analysis and supported the Küpper group of companies in its project for refurbishment of the multi-purpose stadium Stadion am Zoo in the German city of Wuppertal. The main focus was to check feasibility of the project and assess the time frame and the likely costs.

On December 18, 2018, the project developer Thilo Küpper and representatives of the city presented their plans for a renovation of the Stadion am Zoo. 380 interested guests, fans and local residents met in Wuppertal's convention center to catch a glimpse of the future of the stadium. At this meeting Frank Bornmann, an Associate Partner of Drees & Sommer SE, presented the results of the feasibility study.

The central conclusion is that the fundamental feasibility and overall profitability of the project are confirmed. This is especially because of the multi-functional character of the future stadium. The newly developed stadium will be used on 365 days of the year, so it will not only be attractive for soccer fans. In addition to the hotel, roof terrace, food and beverage facilities and daycare centers for children, the new building will also offer space for trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences. As an innovative highlight in the stadium design, a walkway and cycle path is planned above the roof and the stands. The transportation situation around the stadium has also been taken into account in the plans. This includes a traffic concept for the whole urban district, including a multistorey parking lot for visitors to the stadium and the zoo.

‘The Stadion am Zoo project shows a high level of innovation. It offers a chance to make Wuppertal into a center for communication and dynamic development and to provide the soccer club Wuppertaler SV with a modern arena in an urban context. And in several ways, the concept picks up elements from the history of the location and brings them to life with an exciting mix of uses and events’, says Frank Bornmann.

In the next step, a traffic and mobility concept will be designed, and we will concentrate on obtaining the planning permit for the multistorey parking lot, the buildings around the site and the stand on the far side of the pitch. At the same time, discussions will be held with the responsible monument conservation authority. Drees & Sommer will continue to provide consultation and support for the project.