The Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld is a sports facility in Jena, Germany. It was dedicated on August 24, 1924 and was named after entrepreneur Ernst Abbe 15 years later. The facility is in southern Jena, directly on the Saale River. The City of Jena purchased the stadium from the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung (The Ernst Abbe Foundation) in 1991.
The soccer and track stadium in the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld is the home field of FC Carl Zeiss Jena and TuS Jena. It has a capacity of over 12,000. There are 6,572 seats with 4,020 covered seats in the main stands. The spectator capacity will be increased to 14,000. 1997 saw the replacement of the original wooden bleachers from 1924 (which could seat only 420 people) with the new, modern stands to accommodate more spectators. The stadium's lights are mounted on four massive, hollow steel towers and are the result of the 1974 and 1994 renovations of the facility. The electronic scoreboard was installed in 1978 and was the first of its kind in East Germany.
The attendance record was set in 1962. Despite the then official capacity of 16,000 spectators, approximately 27,500 visitors found the way into the stadium for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final versus Atlético Madrid.
Next to the stadium are additional facilities for soccer, track, and various other sports.
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