- Address: Olympischer Platz 3, Berlin
- Country: Germany
- Capacity: 74,000
- Opened: 1 August 1936
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Hertha (football)
Extra stadium info – Olympiastadion Berlin
The stadium is known as a venue for several events, like American football, athletics, baseball, concerts, handball and football. It was built for the Games of the Olympiad in 1936. The stadium also possessed a special stand for Adolf Hitler and his political associates. The venue broke the record attendance for a baseball game, when 110,000 spectators showed up.
The FIFA World Cup
The stadium hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup match in 1974. The 2006 FIFA World Cup final, which was won by the national football team of the Italian Republic after defeating the French Republic, was played at the stadium in front of 69,000 spectators. It was the most watched sports match in 2006. The French football star Zinédine Zidane was sent off in his last-ever match for the national football team of the French Republic after headbutting Marco Materazzi’s chest in retaliation to Materazzi’s verbal provocation.
The Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt set the 100 metres world record of 9.58 seconds at the stadium in 2009. He won his first gold medal in athletics at the Games of the Olympiad in 2008 and he became the first sprinter with 10 million followers on his main social media page. Bolt scored twice for the Central Coast Mariners, a professional football club from Australia, in a friendly in 2018.
Hertha BSC, nicknamed Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady), was founded in 1892 under a different name. They were crowned German football champions in 1930 for the first time in their history after winning the fifth consecutive final of the German top division the club played in. One year later, Hertha BSC were crowned German football champions for the second time in their history. Hertha is among the first German sports clubs with 100,000 followers on its main social media page.