Brand new home ground in Germany's capital city

Wed, Feb 15, 2012 10:13 PM

Brand new home ground in Germany's capital city
After long and strenuous negotiations which lasted over twelve months, the DCB and the Berliner Cricket Kommittee have reached agreement with the Berlin sport authorities about the location where cricket will be played in future in Germany’s capital city.

Since the 1950′s cricket has been played on the Körnerplatz near to the Olympic Stadium. The ground didn’t just have history, it also had character and a perfect cricketing ambiente. It was only right that there was an outcry when the local Berlin government decided to stop cricket being played there last spring. The authorities claimed that the ground was too small and that it was dangerous for passers by or parked cars but the Berliners didn’t give up and they won their initial fight and could continue to play cricket there last summer. It was however clear that the long term future of Körnerplatz as a cricketing venue was in danger.

At the end of last summer a compromise was made. The Berlin authorities made the offer to the DCB and BCK to build two brand new pitches on the iconic Maifeld next to the Olympic Stadium. This offer gives Berlin cricket the chance to expand, offering more opportunities to local clubs to play cricket and also for them to offer programmes for young players and women.

In early April, just in time for the new season, ICC Europe’s sponsors, Notts Sport, will install two brand new pitches on the Maifeld. The Maifeld is famous for a number of reasons, primarily as the venue for the equestrian sports at the 1936 Olympic Games as well as being the press centre at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The atmosphere is also unique, with a view into the Olympic Stadium itself.

Both the DCB and the BCK are delighted about this new development which gives us all a perspective to grow in the future.

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