Lost Ground: Bökelbergstadion

The Bökelbergstadion was the old stadium in which Borussia Mönchengladbach played their games, until they moved to Borussia-Park in 2004, which is built for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The Bökelbergstadion was build in 1919 under the name Westdeutsches Stadion and became very famous in the 70’s, which was the best period in history from “Die Fohlen”. Starting from 1969/70 they won their 5 only titles in just 7 years (1969/70, 1970/71, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77), 1 DFB-Pokal (1973) and 2 UEFA Cups (1975, 1979).

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1975 – Borussia Mönchengladbach won the DFB-Pokal and the Uefa Cup.

The fact that Borussia Mönchengladbach won so many prizes was because of their famous atmosphere during the home games. The Bökelbergstadion could hold 34.000 spectators which stood very close to the field.

During the 70’s “Die Nordkurve” was born but it was not the only place in the stadium where fans sang out loud, because the fans on the Eastside made a lot of noise as well, so this became one of the first stadiums in Europe where 2 stands “talked with chants”.

After the glorious 70’s, it’s 20 years very silent at the Bökelberg. Borussia Monchengladbach mostly finishes at a top-10 spot until they relegate in 1999. “Die Fohlen” relegated to the second division where they only played for 2 seasons before being champions in 2002.

They year 2002 also stands for the build of a new stadium. “Borussia-Park” is being constructed and will be able to hold about 54.000 fans. This also means that the Bökelbergstadion will be demolished.

22 May 2004 will be the last official game by Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Bökelbergstadion. They win by 3-1 against 1860 Münich and the last goal was scored by a Dutchman, Arie van Lent. Unbelievable scenes at the end of the game, where many of their fans were crying. For them it’s not just a stadium, but it’s the Bökelberg, a place where they saw their team having big successes, a place they love.

Houses are build where their stadium stood but the stands were saved. You can still see the stadium in the environment and the stairs from “die Nordkurve” are still there.

Nowadays Borussia Mönchengladbachs home games are mostly sold out and the club even managed to play in the Champions League again in which they hold Juventus on a draw (0-0) and even won from Sevilla (4-2).

Historical games:

20-10-1971 Borussia Mönchengladbach – Inter Milan 7-1
This game is also known as “Das Büchsenwurfspiel”. After 28 minutes a Borussia fan threw a beverage can against Roberto Bonsinsegna who was hit on the shoulder. The game was played on and ended at 7-1 for the Germans. Later on the UEFA decided the game had to be replayed (0-0) at Berlin.

07-05-1980 Borussia Mönchengladbach – Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2
Borussia wins the first leg of the 1979/80 Uefa Cup Final. The second leg will be lost by 1-0 which means Eintracht Frankfurt wins on away goals.

22-05-2004 Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1860 Munich 3-1
The last game ever at the Bökelbergstadion.

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