Should the sale take place, the entire Ostseestadion – and not just some of the shares – would become the property of the Hanseatic City of Rostock. The talk is of a purchase price of 15 million euros.
The “Ostsee-Zeitung” reported on this first. Rostock’s Lord Mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen told NDR 1 Radio MV that he was ready to negotiate with the club. Hansa has “radiance far beyond the city walls, not only in the country, but also nationwide”. That’s why he hoped for the support of the state government.
The club has done a good job in recent years, both in terms of sport and fan work “off the pitch”.
Hansa could reduce the mountain of debt
The club apparently owes most of its debts to its sponsor and investor Rolf Elgeti. More than five years ago, Elgeti had taken over a double-digit million euro loan that Hansa had with a bank and canceled part of the debt for the association. After a sale, Hansa would be a tenant in the Ostseestadion – for allegedly up to 500.00 euros per year. Should Hansa rise, the rent would also increase according to information from the Ostsee-Zeitung
Marien: “No air to breathe”
Club boss Robert Marien had already complained before the Corona crisis that “the credit charge for the stadium is taking away the air for FC Hansa to breathe”. In addition, the stadium, which was inaugurated in 2001, is facing renovation costs in the millions, including for the floodlights and new seats.
The state government hopes that the money for the renovation will be provided.
Debt burden of more than 23 million euros
The ongoing cuts due to the corona pandemic have resulted in further losses in the millions for the already damp club.