A citizens' initiative, nature conservationists and politicians have been arguing in Cologne for years. It involves two sanctuaries: 1. FC Köln and the green belt. Now a court has to decide.
The club grounds with the Geißbockheim are around five kilometers from the Bundesliga stadium of Cologne in the city's green belt. It is used by the population as a local recreation area. The Bundesliga soccer club wants to expand its premises to the Gleueler Wiese and build artificial turf pitches for the youngsters and a modern academy there. That is why there has been a dispute in the cathedral city for years. A citizens' initiative and Nabu complain that nature and landscape protection were not sufficiently taken into account in the planning.