|The Donnerschweer stadium was originally built by the Oldenburger cycle racing association of 1884 as cycle track. The place was suitable particularly for it since here sand for the Oldenburger main station was already cleared away and there were thus favorable conditions for the installation of the steep walls. |
From 1899 to 1903 football players of the FC Oldenburg in the interior of the cycle racing course played the first time. 1908 the bicycle sportsmen moved out, the FV Germania 03 leased property and transformed it to a football field. 1919 fused both associations to the VfB Oldenburg, and one year later acquired the association the area of the residents monastery brewery, in order to develop it to a stadium.
After the Second World War the stadium was seized by the British occupiers. 1947 developed in direct neighbourhood (' Unterm mountain ') a camp for Displaced People, the so-called Lettenlager. Which the war could not destroy, now one took apart and one fired. The expropriation was cancelled, and the VfB Oldenburg the re-opening of the stadium before 20.000 spectators with a 1:0 Hamburger SV over that celebrated 1949.
At the beginning still in the highest German play class the stadium experienced the second Bundesliga after introduction of the football Bundesliga of plays in the amateur Oberliga Nord and in the season 1980/81 even into the second Bundesliga.
1990 saw itself forced the association to sell the stadium in order to become the increasing debt mountain gentleman. In the last obligation play in Donnerschwee the VfB Oldenburg 2:2 played against the Sport Club Freiburg.
Since then the stadium lies fallow, and the VfB plays in the urban route stadium. The stadium was last certified for 12.000 spectators.
Over the years several use for new purposes plans of investors for the fallow failed. At the end of of 2005 interpreted itself for the first time a success on for a plan to cultivate the area with a shopping centre of 3000 square meter sales area together with associated parking lots. Since 16 January 2007 a sign refers to the new building. Already in the autumn 2007 the building should be including REWE and a left DL market established.
At present only a Discounter of the chain PENNY is at the Donnerschweer Strasse. The newest plans are in sew old stadium the Donnerschwee at the Maastrichter Strasse a new football arena to establish. The name giver and sponsor of the new play place is the IT company Ashampoo.
The "Ashampoo arena" has a capacity of approx. 15000.
The costs are with approx. 20 million Euro.
It had a nickname: "Hölle des Nordens" - Hell of the North.