2011 75 years Olympiastadion, Mass with pope Benedikt XVI., FIFA Woman WC
75 Years Olympiastadion – 75 Years Olympic Games Berlin
Two anniversaries, one celebration – although it seemed more like a series of celebrations that took place at the Olympiastadion and Olympiapark during the months of August to November. Thank you to all visitors, fans, athletes and artists who travel to Berlin to deliver unforgettable events and emotions year in and year out at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
The visitor center reopened after a remodeling period and offered an extended program for all tourists including an exhibit on the Olympic Games of 1936. Several round table discussions on the Olympic movement and historical significance with some high-profile guests were also held. The highlight of the event series also marked the end of the celebratory period: The Night of Lights – a light show and installation created a colorful atmosphere inside the Olympiastadion. A party with live music also entertained the guests.
In the time from August 1st to November 11th 2011 the Olympiastadion Berlin welcomed more than 100.000 guests.
Hertha BSC: 2. Bundesliga winners 2010/2011
After being relegated to the second division last year, Hertha BSC and its fans had something to celebrate this season. Coach Markus Babbel’s team managed to claim the league title and earn their promotion back to the Bundesliga.
The final league match of the season provided another big reason to celebrate as Hertha BSC defeated FC Augsburg by a score of 2:1. 77.116 fans were able to attend thanks to an additionally erected mobile stand at the marathon gate.
In total, 784.221 fans came to see the 17 home matches. Hertha BSC finished the season with 12 victories and only three losses in 17 home games.
23rd January 2011, the 10.000.000 Guest in the Olympiastadion Berlin
The walk to the office of Hertha BSC was worth it for Olaf Hartwich: He bought the jubilee ticket and thereby became the 10.000.000 Guest of the Olympiastadion Berlin since the reopening in summer 2004.
Olympiastadion Berlin director Joachim E. Thomas and Hertha-director Ingo Schiller honored the winner before the game (Hertha BSC – Fortuna Düsseldorf) inside the stadium. The happy stadium guest received two VIP tickets for the Herbert Grönemeyer concert in June 2011, furthermore he was invited to watch the following game in the VIP area and got his personal Hertha BSC jersey.
“My father took me to my first Hertha game in 1978 against Roter Stern Belgrad. I am a fan since that day and try to go to as many games as I can. I normally watch from the Ostkurve, but thanks to Hertha I can watch the game from another angle.” Said the happy winner Olaf Hartwich.
“It’s nice to welcome our jubilee guest to our Hertha game day. The fact that the winner is a Hertha Fan makes it even better.”
BIG 25 Berlin 2011
The BIG 25 Berlin run solidified his role as the world’s high-class 25 km run. Despite the warm weather, two athletes managed to beat this year’s best marks.
Mathew Kisorio ran the 3rd best time ever, over the 25 km distance with 1:12:13. The fastest woman was Filomena Chepchirchir who also made it on top of this year’s best list with 1:23:22. The host, Berlin Runs, counted 10.423 participants at the BIG 25 Berlin this year.
BIG 25 Berlin received a unique international award. After the last BIG 25 Berlin run in 2010, where two world-records were set, the association of international Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) decided to honor the event with a special award “AIMS Award”.
21st Mai 2011: German Cup Final
The derby between the MSV Duisburg and Schalke 04 resulted in a heavy defeat for Duisburg as Schalke won 0:5 with Duisburg failing to offer any bigger kind of resistance.
In front of 75.708 fans, both teams showed amibition to win this trophy in the beginning. But just after 18. minutes Julian Draxler scored. The game seemed to be decided afterwards, Schalke took over control and didn’t want to give it away anymore. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Benedikt Höwedes extended the lead to 3:0 before the end of the first half.
The second half had no room for surprises. Schalke played superiorly and scored two more goals.
Schalke 04 earned their victory and finished the season 2010/2011 as “Pokalsieger”.
26. Juni 2011: Opening game FIFA Women’s World Championship. Germany vs. Canada 2:1
The Women World Championship had their opening match in the Olympiastadion Berlin. It never happened before that so many people visited a woman football match in Europe. 73.680 guests were present, when the German team won against the Canadian Team and made for a successful start in the tournament.
The German team scored 10 minutes after kick-off for the lead, Kerstin Garefrekes headed the ball past the Canadian Keeper. Just before the half time break Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scored the second goal for the hosting/home team.
The second half: The Canadian Team managed to score their first goal in the game. Germany won 2:1 against Canada.
2. and 03. Juli 2011: World Culture Festival
The World Culture Festival took place because of the 30. anniversary of the “Art of Living” foundation. Participants from more than 150 different countries witnessed the unique features of different cultures from all over the world and took important and sensational experiences home with them.
The big celebration inside and outside of the Olympiastadion was presented by music, food, drinks, literature and conferences from the big variety and individual beauty of cultures from around the world. The festival honored the cultures and celebrated the harmony of diversity.
30 pianists and 2.000 guitarists celebrated the end of the festival with a big concert.
16. July 2011: Mario Barth – Tour Final
He did it again! Three years after his impressive world record, Mario Barth invited everyone into the Olympiastadion Berlin and it was a full house. It was the last of four stadium perfomances from Mario Barth: “Men are embarrassing – sometimes women are, too!” was the motto of the day. The weather couldn’t have been better for an open-air event.
Before the actual Barth show started, some opening acts prepared the audience for the German comedian. Revolverheld as well as Victoria S., Madcon and Sido entertained the crowd.
The impressive stage showed the metro station Schlesisches Tor. A typical yellow Berlin metro train drove across the stage. As the train stopped, only one passenger left the train: Mario Barth! Barth entered the stage and started with his impressive show. The audience was under Mario’s control and after one hour, everyone got a break for the laughing muscles. DJ Bobo, the famous singer and dancer fired up the audience during Barth’s break. The second part of the show ended with a huge firework and the night sky over the Olympiastadion lit up in bright colors.
27. July 2011: Hertha BSC – Real Madrid
On the July 27th, Hertha BSC welcomed Real Madrid in the Olympiastadion Berlin.
This game served Hertha BSC to thank the fans for their fantastic support and celebrate the ascent to the first Bundesliga. The visit of the “Royal Club” under star-coach Jose Mourinho guaranteed a full Olympiastadion.
Quotes from the heads of Hertha BSC and Olympiastadion Berlin (translated)
Michael Preetz, Manager Sports for Hertha BSC:
“We’re proud to have the Royals with their stars like Mesut Özil and Cristiano Ronaldo in Berlin. This isn’t just a game – it’s an absolute highlight.”
Joachim E. Thomas, Manager of Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH:
“We’re looking forward to that Highlight in the Olympiastadion Berlin. We await the match against the Madrilenians with excitement.”
2. and 03. September 2011: Pyronale – Firework-World-Championship
The firework-world-championship in September is an important event for six years now. This year’s Pyronale at the Olympiastadion Berlin was a fantastic sensation. The six teams impressed the audience as well as the jury. Team Surex from Poland was the overall winner of the Pyronale 2011.
Team Orion Art from Russia delivered a stunning show and became the winner of the first day. The fireworks of Team Malta Fireworks and Groupe Fiatlux-Ampleman from Canada were left standing.
On the second day, Team Joho Pyro from Finland, Team Classic Fireworks from the UK and Team Surex from Poland competed. Team Surex did not only impress the spectators, but also fascinated the judges and thereby won the golden trophy of the event.
The color guideline this year was silver-violet and the given music was a medley from Camille Saint-Saëns “Fossilien and “Karneval der Tiere”. The other music choice was “Ungarischer Tanz Nr. 5” from Johannes Brahms.
11. September 2011: Internationales Stadionfest ISTAF
51.812 people came to the 70th ISTAF and enjoyed the perfomances of the world’s top athletes under warm conditions.
The two times world-champion Yohan Blake, set a new ISTAF record in the surpreme discipline over 100 m. He overtopped the old record (9,86 seconds) with a spectacular 9,82!
The German athletes had more than one reason to celebrate. Reigning discus world champion Robert Harting kept his opponents on distance with a 67,22 m throw.
The crowd saw four ISTAF-records and three victories of German athletes this day.
14. September 2011: B2Run
The third B2Run event attracted more than 7.000 runner from 450 companies.
Known faces like ex-professional boxer Henry Maske, handball national keeper Silvio Heinevetter and SAT.1 host Simone Panteleit were part of the event. They served as messengers from the company run championship, to appreciate the commitment from partaking companies to health promotion.
The 6 km run ended on the blue tartan track inside the Olympiastadion. Not only the fastest runner was promoted, but also the one with the most creative outfit.
The following Party in the new Lounge- and Catering area was accompanied by an event host team and DJs.
22. September 2011: Mass with pope Benedikt XVI.
Pope Benedikt XVI was welcomed in the Olympiastadion Berlin. The pope of the Catholic Church drove through the marathon gate in the popemobile and rounded the blue tartan track to greet the community. Afterwards he signed the Golden City book of Berlin in the presence of reigning mayor, Klaus Wowereit. Subsequently followed the mass.
After the service with 61.000 believers, Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki thanked Pope Benedict XVI for a moving celebration of faith.
“I thank him today for a real pleasant preachment, where he invited us to not fixate on negativities but on Jesus Christ. We are connected in church because of him. This joy got ahold of me, so let us take this joy to look at the following days.”
Woelki also thanked the many people who made it possible to create this joyful event and named for example the Olympiastadion Berlin Team, the staff which built the structure, the staff of rbb and many more.
Archbishop Woelki and other German Bishops accompanied the pope through his Germany visit, next stops were Erfurt and Freiburg.
24. September 2011: Breakfast-Run
Warming up and a breakfast afterwards: Traditionally the breakfast-runners gather on Saturday morning before the Berlin-marathon, to run 6km from Schloss-Charlottenburg to the Olympiastadion Berlin. 11.000 people participated this year.
Start was at 9:30 am and just after 10 am, the first people arrived at the blue tartan track. The big group’s entrance in the stadium was accompanied by a group of 30 drummers. Everybody got a chance to eat some breakfast before they jogged back to the city to prepare for the marathon.