- 1 Scope of application
These stadium regulations apply to the enclosed area of the stadium at Rothenbaum, including all entrances and exits as well as the adjacent parking areas, which are available for use by visitors during events on the grounds.
- 2 Intended use
(1) The tennis facility at Rothenbaum is primarily used to host tennis tournaments. In addition, other sporting events and other major events are held.
(2) The contracts to be concluded in individual cases for the use of the tennis facility at Rothenbaum shall be governed by civil law.
- 3 Attendance
(1) Only persons carrying a valid ticket or other credentials or who can prove their entitlement to attend the respective event in another way may visit the area covered by the club regulations. Admission tickets and credentials must be presented within the facility upon request of security staff or the police.
(3) Spectators must occupy the seat indicated on the ticket for the respective event. If this does not apply, there is a free choice of seats on the training/match courts according to availability.
(3) For attendance at the Rothenbaum complex on days when no events are taking place, the arrangements of the holder of the property rights, “Der Club an der Alster”, made in agreement with the visitors, and the supplementary provisions of these Rothenbaum club regulations apply.
(4) Anyone who is obviously intoxicated or under the influence of other substances that interfere with their free will, is carrying dangerous or prohibited items or has the intention of endangering the safety of others or that of the Rothenbaum club may not visit the area of covered by the Rothenbaum club regulations.
- 4 Entrance check
(1) Upon entering the Rothenbaum premises, every visitor is obliged to present his or her admission ticket or credentials to the security staff without being asked and to hand it over for inspection upon request.
(2) The security staff is entitled to inspect persons – also by using technical aids – to determine whether they represent a security risk due to the consumption of alcohol or drugs or because they are carrying weapons or dangerous or inflammable objects. The inspection shall also extend to any carried items.
(3) Persons who cannot prove their entitlement to attend this event and persons who pose a security risk shall be turned away and prevented from entering the facility. The same applies to persons against whom a stadium ban has been issued within the Federal Republic of Germany. Visitors who are refused entry are not entitled to a refund of the admission fee.
- 5 Conduct at the Rothenbaum facility
(1) All visitors to the Rothenbaum facility must behave in such a way that no one else is harmed, endangered or – beyond what is unavoidable under the circumstances – hindered or harassed.
(2) Visitors must follow the instructions of the security staff, the emergency staff, the police, the fire brigade and the stadium announcer.
(3) For security reasons and in order to guard against hazards, visitors are obliged, on the instructions of the security staff or the police, to take seats other than those indicated on their admission ticket – even in other blocks.
(4) All entrances and exits as well as the escape routes must be kept clear.
(5) Video and photo recordings on match days are only permitted for private purposes and only with devices that are obviously intended for private use in terms of their equipment and size. It is also prohibited to bring and use laptops, etc. Video recordings of match sequences are not permitted. Any other use of these recordings or any transfer of the recordings beyond the private sector to third parties or publication in the media or on the Internet requires the prior express written permission of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in order to be permissible. In the event of non-compliance, a contractual penalty shall be due, without prejudice to further claims, the amount of which is to be determined at the reasonable discretion of ATP, but shall not exceed EUR 3,000.
- 6 Prohibitions
(1) Visitors to the facility are prohibited from carrying the following items:
- a) objects for storage (e.g. rucksacks, handbags, gym bags etc.) exceeding the area of DIN A 4
(b) weapons of any kind
(c) objects that can be used as weapons or projectiles
(d) aerosol spray cans, corrosive or colouring substances
(e) bottles, cups, jugs or cans made of fragile, splintering or particularly hard material
(f) bulky objects such as ladders, stools, chairs, boxes, trunks
(g) fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnic articles
(h) mechanically operated noise makers
(i) alcoholic beverages of any kind
- j) animals
(k) laser pens or laser pointers
(l) documents, drawings, symbols or flags of a political, ideological or advertising nature, as well as any objects serving commercial purposes which may be seen by third parties
- m) racist, xenophobic, violence-glorifying, discriminatory and politically radical propaganda material; the same applies to clothing which displays lettering or symbols with a clear racist, xenophobic, violence-glorifying, discriminatory or politically radical tendency. There is a ban on face coverings.
Furthermore, the Organiser at Rothenbaum reserves the right to refuse entry to the arena to spectators who can clearly be assigned to a politically radical group by their clothing or other appearance, or to expel them from the arena.
(2) Visitors are furthermore forbidden to:
- a) climb or climb over buildings and installations not intended for general use, in particular facades, fences, walls, enclosures of the playing area, barriers, lighting installations, camera platforms, trees, towers of any kind and roofs
- b) enter areas that are not open to visitors (e.g. the tennis courts, the interior, the functional rooms, press centre, etc.)
(c) throw objects which may endanger others
(d) light fires, to set off or shoot off fireworks or flares or other pyrotechnic items
(e) mark, paint or apply stickers to buildings, facilities or paths
(f) urinate or defecate outside the toilets or to contaminate the facility in any other way, in particular by throwing things away outside of the intended containers
g) incite other spectators to hatred or violence towards the officials, players or other persons
(h) introduce or openly display signs or symbols of racist or xenophobic content and shouting or singing such content
(i) without the Organiser’s permission:
- enter the stadium grounds with vehicles of any kind
- sell goods, newspapers, magazines and tickets for sale
- distribute advertising material such as samples and brochures
- distribute printed matter
- conduct collections of any kind
- j) smoke on the stands of the match courts, training grounds and all stands around the centre court
- k) stay on the stadium premises between 10pm and 7am
- l) remove furnishings and fixtures
(3) The carrying of placards or similar signs, banners or posters anywhere in the area covered by these stadium regulations is only permitted with the prior approval of the Organiser’s responsible office. Permission can be requested no later than 4 days before an event. Thereafter, approval shall be granted only in exceptional and duly justified cases.
Approval shall be refused in particular if the textual or pictorial content of a banner contains:
- a) insults (to players, referees, their supporters or any third person, group of persons or institution)
(b) racist, sexist, homophobic or any other form of discriminatory statements
(c) statements glorifying violence or which may be interpreted as a call to violence
(d) incitements to criminal offences
(e) political, inappropriate religious or other expressions not related to the actual event
(f) allegations or assertions of false information
Placards and banners which only contain the names, symbols and emblems of players, places of origin, player names or greetings do not fall under the approval requirement.
- 7 Liability
(1) You enter and use the Rothenbaum facility at your own risk. Liability for personal injury and damage to property of visitors is contractually and tortuously limited to cases of intent or gross negligence on the part of the Organiser or the persons employed by the Organiser. This also applies to damages resulting from the violation of pre-contractual obligations and damages caused by third parties or visitors.
(2) Accidents or damage must be reported immediately to the Organiser.
- 8 Infringements
(1) Persons who violate the house rules may be expelled from the Rothenbaum facility without compensation and subject to a nationwide stadium ban.
(2) If this infringement gives rise to the suspicion of a criminal offence, a criminal complaint shall be lodged.
(3) Arena and nationwide stadium bans can also be issued if violations are detected in the immediate vicinity of the Rothenbaum tennis facility, e.g. on the footpaths between the S-Bahn and the facility or the parking areas.
(4) The security staff or the police may also expel groups of people from stadiums if specific offences cannot be attributed to individual persons, but the behaviour can be attributed to the group members as a whole.
(5) Prohibited items shall be seized and – insofar as they are not required for a criminal investigation – returned after the conditions for the seizure no longer apply.
Hamburg, July 2019
Hamburg European Open,
MatchMaker Sports GmbH