We know from the old days when FC Bayern and 1860 Munich shared the stadium that the Allianz Arena in Munich can change its color between blue and red in a futuristic style. Or from games of the German national team, then the stadium was white. But the Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadion in blue? That is new.
- Rhein-Energie-Stadion in Cologne shone blue
- Unfamiliar colors can be seen from a distance
- City of Cologne celebrates a pioneering decision
Rhein Energie Stadium in blue: Cologne celebrates historic decision
The lights on the stadium (which are used as XXL candles on the Advent wreath in December, for example) were completely wrapped in blue. An unusual sight, as the red and white color scheme applies to both the city and the local soccer club in Cologne.
So what was the rare spectacle all about? Quite simply: With the color symbol, the city celebrated a future-oriented decision for the economy, namely the upcoming renovation of the Ford works in Niehl.
Ford and Cologne: traditional partnership is revived
Lord Mayor Henriette Reker: “It is the beginning of a new, future-oriented chapter in the almost 100-year history that connects Ford and Cologne. In Cologne, we will shape the future of mobility together with Ford. ”
The Cologne plant in Niehl is now to be converted for this purpose. Cost: a good billion US dollars (around 830 million euros).
Ford plant in Cologne is to become the European center for electromobility
The plant in Cologne is to become the European “Center for Electromobility”. Never before has the group invested so much money in its European headquarters in Cologne. Great news for Cologne’s economy, Ford is one of the largest employers in the city and is historically anchored in Cologne.
On October 28, 1929, the then mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer, signed the contract for the construction of the Ford plant on the 170,000 square meter site in Cologne-Niehl. Price: around twelve million Reichsmarks.
The first cars rolled off the assembly line from 1931, including the “Ford Köln” and the “Ford Rheinland”.
Ford in Cologne: Around 17.5 million vehicles built at the site
Since then, around 17.5 million vehicles from 19 different model series have rolled off the assembly line at the Ford factory in Cologne, an incredible success story.
With the new, pioneering decision to produce e-cars, the traditional connection between Cologne and Ford is getting a new big chapter. Reason enough for a “glowing” campaign at the stadium in Cologne-Müngersdorf. (tw)