Hamburger SV is a German multi sport club ("Traditionsverein") based in Hamburg, its largest branch is the football department. The football team is one of the country's oldest, most well known and best performing clubs, with the unique distinction of having played continuously in top-flight German football since the end of World War I.
The club plays its home games in the HSH Nordbank Arena (capacity: 57.274: 47,000 seats, 10,000 standing) which was originally opened in 2000 as the new Volksparkstadion. On July 1 2001, its name was changed to the AOL Arena. On July 4 2007, it was given its current name. The HSH Nordbank Arena is a UEFA 5 star stadium which certifies it to host UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. The stadium was the site of four group matches and a quarterfinal in the past 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany and was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Hamburg during the event. In March 2008, UEFA awarded the rights to host the 2010 UEFA Cup Final to the HSH Nordbank Arena.