FC Schalke 04 to celebrate the re-opening of the Parkstadion on 29th March

The future born out of tradition. FC Schalke 04 will face FC Zenit in a friendly match on Sunday, 29th March at 14:30 CET, marking the re-opening of the Parkstadion – the Royal Blues’ home ground between 1973 and 2001, where they enjoyed huge success.

The reigning Russian champions and current league leaders from St. Petersburg will travel to Gelsenkirchen for the friendly organised by S04 and the lead sponsor of both clubs GAZPROM. The day will begin with an opening ceremony at 13:00 CET.

“We will re-open the doors to our historic ground together with our main sponsor GAZPROM and our friends from FC Zenit. Our fans and supporters have been waiting a long time to see a game in the Parkstadion, so we’re delighted to give them the opportunity to do so,” said Alexander Jobst, Schalke’s marketing director.

Our fans and supporters have been waiting a long time to see a game in the Parkstadion.

Alexander Jobst

The Parkstadion, which at one stage held up to 72,000 people, was Schalke’s home ground between 1973 and 2001. It was built on the Berger Feld between the districts of Erle, Buer and Schalke in Gelsenkirchen. The stadium also hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the 1988 Euros and also various rock concerts. Pope John Paul II also gave a mass during his visit to Germany in 1987. The rebuilt Parkstadion will be used for Knappenschmiede home games, meaning the U17s, U19s and U23s will be based there.

All ticket proceeds will go towards the club’s charity Schalke hilft! There will be terraces and seats in the Parkstadion, although a seat cannot be guaranteed on the day due to the open seating plan.

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