|SCHUERMANN ARCHITECTS * Schuerbusch 26 * 48163 Muenster * Germany|
|Technical Track Data:|
|Type:||outdoor track, half covered|
|Banking:||~ 13 to ~ 43 degrees|
|Max. Speed||85 km/h = 53 mph|
|Year of building||1990|
|Category:||high performance track, international standard|
|Track:||1'500'000 DEM = 850'000 US$|
|Stadium:||12'300'000 DEM = 6'850'000 US$|
|In 1985 there were the first ideas to build a new track cycling location
in Cologne. Starting point was a Cycling Stadium with a track of international
standard and 2'500 spectator seats. Taking in account the weather situation
in Germany and assuring a permanent use of the installation, a cover of
the track and the spectators were forseen. A complete cover = hall did
not come into question because of the much higher investment.
The stadium is located in the immediate neighborhood of the Cologne-football stadium and the German Sports University Cologne on the ground of a former concrete track.
Herbert + Ralph Schuermann as specialists for sports installations of this type were trusted with the design and construction of the stadium and the track.
In 1985 the total costs were estimated by the architects with 10'100'00
DEM = 5'600'000 US$.
One of the design priciples was the sunken infield, which is situated 1,20 m (~4 feet) lower then the track itself. This principle guarantees a completey free view onto the track for all surrounding spectators, even with people in the infield. This priciple also helps to organize and control the access to the cycling track.
The 1st building step was finished after only 6 months with an investment sum of 3'200'000 DEM = 1'780'000 US$.
After the Federal State of North-Rhine-Westfalia added 5'000'000 DEM
= 2'780'000 US$ to the financing package, the design process could proceed
The principle of this design step and its traffic streams is the consequent separation of spectators, athlets and administration. The choice of materials was determined by endurability, little maintenance and pratical usability.
The costs for the 2nd step were estimated by the architects in 1993 with 10'600'000 DEM = 5'900'000 US$.
This design was finally tendered among general contractors and completed in the beginning of 1996 after 13 months of building and within the frames of the cost estimation.
Underneath the grandstand of the backstraight there is still room for another 1'500 sqm = 16'150 sq ft of usable floor space, which was not possible to build within the frames of financing.
The track is opened :
Mid October - Mid April Mon, Tue 9:00 - 15:30 h
Wed 9:00 - 21:00 h
Thu 10:00 - 14:30 h
Fri 9:00 - 12:00 h
Mid April - Mid October Mon-Fri 9:00 - 21:00 h
Sat, Sun only for events
How to get there?
May, 19th Die Freitag Nacht (the friday night) with "Beergarden" and live music
(Professional team race)
June, 16th Die Freitag Nacht (the friday night) with "Beergarden" and live music
August, 25th ; Die Freitag Nacht (the friday night) with "Beergarden" and live music
More about the events and the track (in German)