OLYMPIC STADIUM SET TO HOST GERMAN CUP FINALS UNTIL 2015

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium looks set to host the German Cup Finals until 2015.

The German Football Federation is expected to announce the five-year deal with the stadium on Wednesday.

Bernd Schultz, President of the Berlin Football Association said: "Due to its huge significance, the German Cup final has for many years been one of Berlin's sporting highlights.

"And like the FA Cup at London's Wembley Stadium, it is hard to imagine it taking place anywhere other than the capital."

The stadium was first built for the 1936 Olympic Games during the Nazi era and can hold a capacity of 74,500.

In 2002, construction workers found a World War II bomb buried beneath a section of seating. It was detonated outside the stadium by Berlin police.

The stadium was extensively refurbished at this time to host the FIFA World Cup final in 2006.

It hosted the 2009 World Athletics Championships which saw Jamaica's Usain Bolt break both the 100m and 200m world records.

Olympic Stadium is already set to stage the 2010 German Cup final between Bayern Munich and current holders Werder Bremen in May.

Posted on 20/04/2010