The latest in a series of new stadiums being built in West Germany for use in the 1974 World Cup football cup has been completed in Gelsenkirchen.
GVs Gelsenkirchen street scenes (3 shots)
GV PAN FROM City to stadium
GV EXT Stadium entrance
LV Gallery under stadium
SV Escalator with men ascending carrying equipment
GV PAN FROM top of stairwell to GV seating and field
GV Covered stands
GV Man seated on terraced seats
GV Terraces and flags
SV & GV PAN Flood-lights PAN OVER entire field and stadium
CU Sign "Press"
LV PAN INT Officials at handing-over ceremony
SV & CU Mr. Neuberger, organiser of world football champion-ships (2 shots)
SV Architect of stadium symbolically hands over a football to team official of Schalks 04.
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Background: The latest in a series of new stadiums being built in West Germany for use in the 1974 World Cup football cup has been completed in Gelsenkirchen.
It is one of the nine cities which will stage matches in the World Cup, and several cities are either building entire new stadiums or substantially altering existing ones.
The new Glesenkirchen stadium, which was handed over to its owners by the architects on Friday (2 August), will accommodate 70,000 people -- 36,000 seated and the rest standing.
It cost about 50.4 million Dsutschmarks (GBP10 million sterling) and took four years to build.
The handing-over ceremony was attended by Mr. Hermann Neuberger, President of the World Cup organising committee.
The stadium, besides being the locale for several World Cup matches, will be the home base for one of West Germany's best known teams, Schalke 04.
SYNOPSIS: Nine cities in West Germany have been chosen to stage the matches of the 1974 World Cup of football. One of them is the city of Gelsenkirchen, which has just completed a completely new stadium to house its share of the International event.
The modern new football centre is one of several being constructed expressly for the upcoming Cup, but are meant to house local teams and be permanent fixtures in their cities.
The Gelsenkirchen stadium took four years to complete at a cost of about fifty million Deutschmarks or about ten million pounds sterling.
When in use, it will seat thirty-six thousand people, and will accommodate thirty-four thousand more standing. Almost all of the seats are covered.
The stadium will be the new home of Schalka 04, one of the most famous of West Germany's football teams.
On Friday, the architect of the stadium officially handed over the stadium to its owners and among those present was Mr. Herman Neuberger, the President of the World Cup organising Committee for the 1974 games. He predicted that the 1974 Cup matches would be among the best staged games of recent memories, with excellent facilities in all participating cities.