Where horse racing once took place, the DFB Campus in Niederrad has been ceremoniously opened after almost 3 years of construction. Around 300 guests from the worlds of sport, politics and business celebrated the symbolic handover of the keys on June 30 together with Groß und Partner, who implemented the project. The design was by kadawittfeldarchitektur and was selected from over 200 submissions. The decision to build the academy on the racecourse site was based on the many advantages of the location: the central location with only a few kilometers to the main train station or airport, the streetcar connection for the employees, the proximity to the city center and Frankfurt’s general high internationality played a decisive role here.
After 120 years without a training ground of its own, the world’s largest sports association now has 15 hectares of land plus a 5-hectare expansion option on which to promote the future of German soccer at the highest level. The German Football Association has invested a total of 150 million euros in this flagship project. In addition, 20 hectares are currently being converted into a new citizens’ park, making a large part of the former racetrack accessible to the public.