A quarry became a sports venue of world wide reputation, the regatta course at sports park Duisburg. It is a sports parks of the first hour. It was created in 1935 as part of a rowing regatta.
Since then, the range has been continuously expanded and improved. In the early 1970s it was decided to build a windbreak dam, which added to the sporting value of the investment. A milestone: Absolutely equal conditions for all athletes regardless of which track they are using. Even strong winds and rain produce only a small wave formation.
For the Canoe Sprint World Cup 1979, the course was completely redesigned in the finish area:
The former regatta house on the east side of the railway was rebuilt and became the federal and provincial training center for canoe racing (BLZ). The BLZ is essential to carrying out regular training camps of the German national team, such as in preparation for international championships and Olympic Games. But other nations use the facility for training camp too.
In replacement of the old finish tower, five new boat hangars have a capacity of ten boat per shed and two large covered boat storage spaces are also available. The finish tower is now on the western side of the course and is part of the grand stand built in the 70's. In the four floors of the tower, there is enough space for the organization of large regattas. Beginning in 2007, further improvements of the course have been implemented, especially the construction of the parallel channel, which allows athletes to reach the starting line without interfering with ongoing races..
The regatta basin is 2,150 m long and 130 m wide. The water depth is up to 8 m.
All technical installations are state of the art. The grandstand has a seating capacity of 2,292 spectators, of which 580 seats are roofed. If necessary, additional grandstands can be built. There is also standing room directly in front of the grandstand for about 2,000 more visitors. Overall, 8,000 spectators can follow regattas from the standing room in front of the grandstand and the subsequent windshield dam. The press area and the restaurant are adjecent to the grandstand. The coverage of public transport is good, and there are also approx. 5,000 parking spaces within easy reach.
"Stadium Quality" for significant major events
At no other regatta course spectators are so close to the action, the finish area has the character of a stadium. The advantages of the Duisburg regatta course are internationally well known, which is reflected in the fact that no other regatta course anywhere else has had so many canoeing and rowing world championships - most recently canoe racing World Cup in 2007 and 2013.