Ice and swimming stadium Cologne
|Ice rink at the Lentstraße|
|Opening||12. December 1936|
Cologne Sharks (1972-2000)
The Ice and Swimming Stadium Cologne was a combined facility consisting of an ice stadium and an open-air swimming pool in Cologne’s inner green belt. It was built and operated by Linde AG as a demonstration plant for its heating and cooling technology
The stadium was the home ground of the Cologne Sharks in the German Ice Hockey League and the DEL club and thus became known as the Eisstadion an der Lentstraße.
The Cologne Ice and Swimming Stadium was opened on 12 December 1936. In the same year, the Cologne Ice Club was founded, which was the most important user of the stadium with its ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating departments. Until 1964, the stadium, which could seat 7,200 spectators, was unroofed. In 1955, games of the Ice Hockey World Championship were held here, and in 1956 and 1978 the German Figure Skating Championships. The stadium was rebuilt and extended in 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1975
After splitting from the Kölner EK in 1972, the Bundesliga team of the Cologne Sharks played their home games in the stadium on Lentstraße and celebrated seven championships here. In October 1998, the Sharks moved their home games to the newly opened, larger and more modern Kölnarena (now Lanxess Arena) in the Deutz district, but continued to train at Lentstraße. When the Haie ‘s new training arena (Kölnarena 2) was also completed diagonally opposite the Kölnarena two years later, the KEC left the ice stadium on Lentstraße completely.
Other events held at the ice stadium included Mayday in 1992, which attracted more than 15,000 visitors, and the location of a crime scene film in 2004.
The ice stadium was last used mainly for public ice skating. On 1 January 2007, it was transferred from Kölner Sportstätten GmbH to KölnBäder GmbH.
Demolition and new construction
On 15 March 2007, the ice rink, whose roof was constructed of wooden trusses, was closed due to the risk of collapse (see also Bad Reichenhall ice rink). The building complex was demolished from June to September 2008
In May 2009, work began on the construction of a new combined ice rink and swimming pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool, and with it the construction of an ice elevated rink, unique in Germany, located on the first floor. On 1 October 2011, the ice rink, the ice surface and the indoor swimming pool were opened under the name Lentpark.