A jewel in the heart of Wetzlar: in the run-up to the football World Cup in 2006, all of Germany’s biggest and most important stadiums had already been built and were in excellent condition. Stadium builders consequently transferred their attention to the country’s regional and mid-sized centres. Towns like the tranquil Wetzlar, some 40 miles north of Frankfurt, which is home to HSG Wetzlar, a leading German handball team. And since there also happened to be a demand in Wetzlar for a first-class event and concert location, the BAM Group was chosen to set to work on a multifunctional facility directly in the city centre in autumn 2003.
Upon its completion in February 2005, Wetzlar acquired a brand-new venue equipped with nearly 2,700 seats for HSG’s handball fixtures and enough room to accommodate 6,000 concertgoers or, if desired, 1,600 people seated at tables. The complex also includes eight VIP boxes, five seminar and conference rooms, a press area and a business club for up to 320 persons. The arena interior and its equipment are also very convincing: the stands are retractable while the building services encompass giant screens, lighting and audio systems and all the essential technology for television broadcasts – absolutely fit for the future, in other words.