DFB Pokal final to remain in Berlin; 7m viewers on ARD for 2020 final
The final of the DFB Pokal, German soccer's knockout cup competition, will continue to be held at Berlin's Olympiastadion for the next five years.
The DFB, the German soccer federation, has signed a renewal of its contract with the city's authorities, with the new deal running from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2025.
The previous deal between the DFB and the stadium’s owners had been due to expire at the end of this year.
The Olympiastadion has held the DFB Pokal final since 1985, and also stages the home games of Hertha Berlin, a side from the top-tier Bundesliga.
Fritz Keller, the DFB’s president, said: “This festival of football requires a grand stage, and we’re very happy that the final will remain in Berlin… Fans and players alike always look forward to such a special occasion, to which there is really no comparison.”
Michael Müller, Berlin’s mayor, added: “For the sporting metropolis of Berlin, this is a huge success… having beaten several other cities for the privilege of hosting such a prestigious event.”
The contract extension was signed ahead of this year's DFB Pokal final on Saturday, in which heavyweights Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 behind closed doors to clinch the league and cup double.
The game was broadcast live by ARD, the German public-service broadcaster, which attracted an average of 7.01 million viewers, an audience share of 26.6 per cent.
Sky Deutschland, the pay-television operator, also holds rights to the DFB Pokal.