A stadium was built here in the 1920s on the site of a former barracks, originally as the stadium for the police sorts club. After the Second World War, the Walter-Ulbricht-Stadion was built here. Later renamed World Youth Stadium, it has hosted the finals for the FDGB Cup since 1975.

In the Cold War era there was no all-German football team.

During the Cold War era, sports officials in Federal Republic of Germany and in the GDR could not agree on a joint football team and therefore held play-offs in the run-up to the 1960 Olympic Games. The play-offs were closed to the public; only a few invited guests and reporters were allowed to watch the matches. On September 16, 1959, the two teams played the first deciding match in the Walter Ulbricht stadium. The East Germans lost the ghost game 0:2 and also lost the second leg match in Düsseldorf. The Federal Republic‘s team later lost the qualifier for Rome. In the run-up to the 1964 Olympic Games the GDR’s national team prevailed and achieved one of its greatest successes when placing third in the tournament in Tokyo. It was not until 1968 that the Federal Republic and the GDR began sending separate delegations to Olympic Games.

Additional topics on the information board

  • Stadium of the police sports club
  • Conversion into the World Youth Stadium (Stadion der Weltjugend)
  • Fourth-division derbies
  • Use of the site after the fall of the Berlin Wall