UPDATED FOR 2023-24 - AUGUST 2023
SC PREUßEN MÜNSTER
Founded: Apr 30, 1906
Club Members: 3,500
Nickname: Die Adler
Coach: Sascha Hildmann
Captain: Marc Lorenz
German Amateur Champions: 1
Regionalliga West Champions: 2
Oberliga Westfalen Champions: 7
Western German Cup: 1
Landespokal Westfalen Winner: 6
The club's roots can be traced back to 30th April 1906 when a group of students at the Johann Conrad Schalaun Grammer School in Münster, having grown frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm towards football at the turn of the century, decided to strike out on their own and establish a club named after the former kingdom of Prussia - 'FC Preußen'. The patriotic footballers soon gained military support in the form of General Baron von Bissing who granted them use of a parade ground at the local Loddenheide army barracks ... on the proviso that they took the goalposts down after every match !
Life started for Die Adler (The Eagles) in the local amateur leagues and they were soon lifting their first silverware after holding off the challenge of SC Preußen Hamm and SuS Hamm to claim the West German FA C-Klasse title in 1907. They beat 1. Bielefelder FC Arminia (the precursor of today's DSC Arminia Bielefeld) to a maiden Westphalian Championship title in 1914 before football and, by proxy, the club was brought to a shuddering halt by the advent of war. When football resumed after the conflict, Preußen largely picked up where they'd left off and they were Westphalian champions again in 1921 before taking on their present day name - SC Preußen Münster (SCP) - later that year. In 1926, looking to build on their early success, the club moved into the newly built 40,000 capacity Preußenstadion but despite the promise, progress stalled and the next decade saw SCP mired in the mud of mid-table obscurity.
After the Nazi rise to power in 1933, football was restructured across Germany with the creation of the Gauliga which funnelled clubs into 16 (later to become 18 following the Austrian Anschluß in 1938) top-flight regional divisions and Preußen played in the Gauliga Westfalen. Repeating their Westphalia Championship success proved a tall order though and a third-place finish in 1935 was they best they managed under the National Socialists.
Allied tanks on the streets of Berlin brought Hitler's 'Thousand Year Reich' to an end in 1945 and as a policy of de-Nazification was introduced across occupied Germany, all sports clubs were forced to disband. As football and dictatorship began untangling themselves after the conflict, Preußen duly reformed and returned to action in the newly created Landesliga Westfalen before securing promotion to the-then top flight Oberliga West in 1949.
Until this point, German people had been moulded by almost 100 years of glorifying the amateur spirit and professional sport was very much against the Zeitgeist. In an attempt to prevent the 'shamatuerism' prevalent in football before the war however, the Vertragsspieler (player under contract) system was introduced in 1948 which finally made it legal for clubs to pay a salary to their players - but when it became apparent that even the most progressive club officials couldn't ditch their Corinthian ideals completely, a wage cap of DM 320 per month was put in place. This is when Preußen Münster acted and
chairman Josef Oevermann used his deep pockets to lure star forwards Felix "Fiffi" Gerritzen, future Borussia Dortmund legend Adi Preißler, Rudi Schutz, Jupp Lammers, Friedel Weghorst and Siegfried Rachuba (who would go on to become Preußen's record goalscorer with 97 goals in 238 games) to the fiercely ambitious club. The media, having guessed at a transfer value, dubbed the Prussians' forward line the "100,000 Mark Sturm " and the whole nation was stunned that they'd become the first German club to build a team by not only signing new players - but actually paying them to do so. The new arrivals tried to dial down the furore by insisting that the amounts they allegedly received to become 'players under contract' were wildly exaggerated, although Jupp Lammers admitted in later years that he was being paid DM 400 a month ... "under the table and tax-free".
Preußen shrugged off the attention surrounding their use of the Vertragsspieler system and, emboldened by the new additions, narrowly missed out on having their name etched onto the Oberliga West trophy in 1951 after finishing a point adrift of champions FC Schalke 04. They had to settle for second best in the German Championship that year as well, losing 1-2 to 1.FC Kaiserslauten in the final after picking their way past 1.FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV and Tennis Borussia Berlin in the group stages. After a fourth-place finish in 1954, the rest of the decade saw the 'Münster Men' loiter in the middle ranks on the back of some inconsistent league campaigns and given that their overall influence on the German game had up until that point been pretty minimal, it was a surprise to say the least when the German FA (DFB) decided to include them in the inaugural Bundesliga season in 1963.
Life in the top-flight was brief however and despite a memorable 2-1 triumph over Ruhr giants FC Schalke 04, they were relegated to the Regionalliga West after just one season. There would be no quickfire return either and Preußen spent the next couple of decades in the second-tier as a growing financial crisis developed off the pitch that would threaten the club's very existence. In 1970, horrticulture entrepreuner Günter Wellerdieck became club president and announced his arrival with hubris by vowing to lead Preußen back to the Bundesliga. Despite heavy investment in the team however, third-place finishes in 1976 and 1978 were the closest he came to delivering on his promise and, having gambled on Bundesliga football to pay for the signings of established players like Benno Möhlmann, Rolf Grünther, Werner Moors; debts of DM 2.1 million were threatening to swallow the club up. In addition to Preußen's beleaguered finances, accusations of tax fraud were levelled at Wellerdieck and in 1978, he, along with the rest of the club's board, resigned.
Given the upheaval of the previous few years, it was perhaps no surprise when Preußen dropped into the amateur Oberliga Westfalen in 1982 as struggles on the pitch began mirroring those off it. The appointment of Helmut Horch as coach in 1986 however brought an upturn in fortunes with back-to-back Oberliga Westfalen titles in the late-80s; and, after a numbing defeat to Hertha Berlin in a promotion play-off in 1988, Preußen dusted themselves down and secured a berth in Bundesliga.2 alongside MSV Duisburg the following year. They also lifted the Amateur German Championship in 1994 after Kickers Offenbach were narrowly beaten 1-0 in the final.
By this point however, the feelgood factor had already come to an end as Preußen were relegated from Bundesliga.2 in 1991 after just a couple of seasons and went into a tailspin that saw them come to rest in the then fourth-tier Oberliga Westfalen by 2006. The appointment of future Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Benfica coach Roger Schmidt a year later however steadied the ship and within a year, his ultra-attacking philosophy of incessant pressing had led Preußen to a timely fourth Oberliga Westfalen title and a place in the new Regionalliga West - part of a league restructure that saw the creation of the 3.Liga as the lowest professional division in Germany. The Schmidt era became defined by consistently strong Regionalliga campaigns, and quickfire Westpahalia Cup successes in 2008 and 2009 ensured a pair of lucrative DFB-Pokal ties against VfL Bochum and Hertha Berlin from the Bundesliga. It was under Marc Fascher however that Die Adler outpaced Eintracht Trier to the Regionalliga West title in 2011 and won promotion to the 3.Liga for the first time.
After several seasons of middle-order ranking, performances eventually fell away and the club were back into the fourth-tier at the end of the COVID-hit 2019-20 season, but having regrouped under new coach Sascha Hildmann, Preußen ended a three year exile from professional football when they became Regionalliga West champions for the second time in 2023.
Ground Name: Preußenstadion
Architect: Bremer AG (2008-2009)
Year Opened: 1926
Renovations: 1948, 2008-2009, 2011, 2012
Capacity: 12,974 (9,821 standing)
Record Attendance: 40,000 (1951)
Executive Boxes: 11
Business Seats: 1000
Media Seats: 42
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Running Track: Yes
Floodlights: 800 lux
LED Video Screen: 15m²
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Exerzierplatz Loddenheide (1906 - 1910)
Feldschlösschen (1910 - 1916)
Münstermannplatz (1916 - 1926)
Preußenstadion (1926 - )
Also referred to as Stadion an der Hammer Straße by many of Münster's support, the Preußenstadion is typical of how German stadiums looked before the 'two-tier, continuous seat, enclosed bowl' design
became the blueprint after the 2006 World Cup. Today, it's a rather basic, continental lower league affair but when it opened in 1926, it was considered one of the finest grounds in the country and the first to have its own railway station - 'Münster-Preußenstadion' (although this closed many years ago).
After being virtually destroyed by Allied bombing raids during World War 2, club members mobilised to rebuild the stadium and despite the appalling conditions and lack of infrastructure in the shattered city immediately after the conflict, the work - including a new grandstand which opened in 1948 - was completed in record time and the fans who had worked so hard were rewarded for their efforts on 3rd June 1951 when the Prussians beat 1.FC Nürnberg 6-4 in the German Championship in front of a full-house of 40,000 - a stadium record. The Preußenstadion also became the first Bundesliga stadium to 'Ausverkaufen ' (sell-out) when Hamburger SV were the visitors on the opening day of the inaugural 1963-64 season.
Despite a few modifications though, the stadium remained largely unchanged over the next few decades before its ramshackle, outdated facilities finally forced the club to take action by announcing a €4.8 million redevelopment in 2008. The work got underway later that year with the first phase seeing the old Haupttribüne (main stand) replaced with a 2,973 all-seater single tiered grandstand and although construction was suspended after two workers were injured when part of the roof collapsed, it was completed on time and inaugurated on 21st August 2009 for a league match against FC Schalke 04 II. It is free of supporting pillars and there's a row of executive boxes running part way along the back although its 'open' design lacks any form of cladding at either end or along the back to protect fans from wind and rain - not ideal in one of the wettest regions of Germany (see our photos !).
The Gegengerade running the length of the pitch on the north side of the ground was the next to get a makeover with the low slung sections of terracing either side of a TV gantry on the halfway line given a roof - albeit with supporting pillars which may obscure the view. Additional work was carried out including a new floodlight system in 2011 and installation of undersoil heating a year later - the first time that the playing surface had been replaced in over 60 years.
The Preußenstadion's sporting duality and all-weather running track that rings the pitch, sets each end of the oval shaped ground a fair distance back from the action - although the dilapidated Westkurve has been out of bounds for quite a while now and until redevelopment work is finished (part of a wider €2.5 million overhaul of the stadium expected to be completed by the start of the 2027-28 season), it's fenced off with a temporary noise barrier. Talking of which, noise-sensitive neighbours - rather than any structural safety concerns - has seen the stadium capacity gradually reduced over the years by the authorities and it's currently licenced to hold only 14,300 fans - a far cry from the days when crowds of 40,000 weren't unheard of on Hammer Straße - although an exemption can be given for crowds of up to 18,500 if demand requires it.
A small LED scoreboard was added to the Westkurve in 2022 and no fewer than six floodlights (one in each corner and two more behind the Gegengerade terraces) completes the look of the Preußenstadion.
Preußen's 'Curva Monasteria' ultras gather behind the goal on the Eastkurve terrace (Blocks M,N,O), while away followings are given Block K on the Gegengerade until redevelopment of the Westkurve is completed.
In addition to Preußen Münster's home matches, the stadium has in the past played host to a number of athletics events, military ceremonies and the 1981 Münster Jazz Festival.
2022-2023: 8,744 (Regionalliga West)
2021-2022: 5,828 (Regionalliga West) *
2020-2021: N/A *
2019-2020: 4,827 (3.Liga) *
2018-2019: 7,695 (3.Liga)
* Season affected by COVID pandemic
Expected Ticket Availability
On the back of some strong campaigns in the Regionalliga over the past couple of years, Münster have sold out a handful of matches at the Preußenstadion and promotion back to the 3.Liga this season should bring a few more fans through the gates. Unless they're sorting out Westfalen supremacy against the likes of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, Borussia Dortmund II and Rot Weiss Essen, or locking horns with VfL Osnabrück in the Grenziandderby (Borderlands Derby) though, there's no need for a scramble and tickets should be easy enough to come by.
E-Tickets (Print@Home or Mobile Ticket) can be bought in advance through the online shop run by the club's ticketing partner Eventim, from the fan shop outside the ground (Fiffi Gerritzen Weg 1, 48153 Münster; 10am-6pm, Tue-Fri; tel: +49 (0) 251 9872724) or the one in the centre of town at the Münster Arkaden (Ludgeristraße 100, 48143 Münster; 10am-8pm, Mon-Sat).
You can also get tickets by walking into any Eventim 'Vorverkaufsstelle' (advance booking office), by phoning the hotline +49 (0) 180 6997717 or, if you prefer to keep things traditional, by heading to the box office which opens up about an hour before kick-off outside the ground - although there's a €3 surcharge on matchdays. For any ticketing enquiries (not orders), drop the club an email - email@example.com The email
For the 2023-24 season, Münster have taken the unusual step (for a football club at least) of introducing 'dynamic pricing' which means that day ticket prices can go up or down depending on the sales phase, the quality of the opposition or the demand. It can even depend on whether the game is played at night under floodlights or during the day on a Sunday. The following prices therefore should only be used as a guide !
To sit in the main stand (Blocks A-B and F-E), it's €27 for adults and €24-25 for seniors and concessions. It's €13-15 for adults to watch the action from the terraces (Blocks I,J,K,L,M,N,O) with seniors and concessions paying €11-13. Children (7-14 years old) cost their parents €21 for any seat in the ground or €8-10 to join them on the terraces. Family tickets (2 adults/2 children) are also available and they cost €26-30 for the terraces or €50 to watch the action from the main stand. If you prefer watching your football in a bit of comfort, then VIPs are welcomed into Blocks C and D.
GETTING THERE & AWAY
Hammer Straße 302
Heading along the A1, come off at the Kreuz Münster Süd exit (Junction 78) and join the B51 towards Münster. After a mile, take the Hiltrup junction and turn right onto Hammer Straße. The Preußenstadion will be on your right after about half-a-mile. Coming from the east, follow Warendorfer Straße before merging onto the B51. After about four miles, take the slip road to Hiltrup and turn left onto Hammer Straße (B54). The stadium will appear on your right after about a half-a-mile.
Parking is limited around the ground but home fans can use car parks P1 and P2 on Am Berg Fidel for a fee. Away fans are given their own car park further along this road behind the Gäste Block.
There are plans to eventually reinstate the Münster-Preußenstadion station as part of a future Münsterland S-Bahn route but for now at least, getting to the stadium by public transport is going to involve catching a bus. Fortunately the ground has its own stop - conveniently named 'Preußenstadion' for out-of-towners - and Bus lines 1 (Direction: Amelsbüren) and 5 (Direction: Hiltrup Bahnhof) run every 10 minutes from outside Münster (Westf) Hauptbahnhof. You can also catch Bus 9 (direction: Franz Marc Weg) from the Ludgeriplatz roundabout (Stand B). The journey should take about 15 minutes and match tickets can be used for travel anywhere within 'Price Level O' of the Münster city transport network on a matchday.
The ground is a couple of miles south of the city centre and to walk there from the main station will take about 40 minutes. Come out of the station onto Bahnhofstraße and, keeping the station on your left, cross Hafenstraße at the junction onto Friedrich Ebert Straße. After 300 metres, you'll see a small park on your right. Turn left at the junction here and continue along Friedrich Ebert Straße for about three quarters of a mile until you reach the junction with Hammer Straße / B54. Turn left and follow Hammer Straße for another mile or so and you'll see the Preußenstadion over on your right.
FAN SHOP, MUSEUM & STADIUM TOURS
Fan Shop am Preußenstadion
(Fiffi Gerritzen Weg 1, 48153 Münster; open 10-6pm Tue-Fri; tel: +49 (0) 251 9872723; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fan Shop Münster Arkaden
(Ludgeristraße 100, 48143 Münster; open 10-8pm Mon-Sat; tel: +49 (0) 251 9872749; email: email@example.com)
Not a tour as such, but you can have a 'look' around the Preußenstadion with a 360° Virtual Tour here.
FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS
The historic centre of Münster is your best bet when it comes to pub grub and beer and there's more than a few good options for you to choose from. Bohème Boulette (Hansaring 26, 48155 Münster) is a popular drinking den with a 1920s vibe, good burgers, beers and football on the big screen. Bundesliga matches are also shown at Nordschänke (Kanalstraße 40, 48147 Münster) - a sports pub in the Kreuzviertel district.
Spooky's (Hammerstraße 66, 48153 Münster) is another boozer with live rock and blues that gets good reviews - and they even have Bingo and Quiz nights to bring out the party animals.
On a matchday, a number of kiosk vendors offering the German football equivalent of pies and Bovril set up at the stadium and you can watch the match with a few pints of Warsteiner and a burnt bratwurst from the griddle. You won't be surprised to learn either that there's no stadium card system in operation and everything can be paid for using cash.
OTHER CLUBS IN THE AREA
BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, SV Werder Bremen, VfL Bochum, VfL Wolfsburg
BUNDESLIGA 2: FC Schalke 04, FC St. Pauli, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Holstein Kiel, SC Paderborn, VfL Osnabrück
3.LIGA: DSC Arminia Bielefeld, Borussia Dortmund II, MSV Duisburg, Rot Weiss Essen, SC Verl