[TR Sport] German club rename stadium after late fan

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SV-Darmstadt

German Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98 have renamed their stadium in memory of a supporter who died in March.

Jonathan Heimes raised hundreds of thousands of euros for charity before he died from cancer at the age of 26.

In his honour, the Merck-Stadion am Boellenfalltor will be known as the Jonathan-Heimes Stadion am Boellenfalltor for the duration of the 2016-17 season.

“Everyone who identifies with us identifies with Jonathan,” said club captain Aytac Sulu.

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Darmstadt, who played in the third division of German football until 2014, finished 14th in the Bundesliga last season, following back-to-back promotions.

“Jonathan was a strong companion of Darmstadt success,” said club president Rudiger Fritsch. “In spite of his illness, Jonathan has repeatedly given the team a lot of energy.”

Heimes’ father Martin said the club and its sponsors had made a “great gesture”.

SV Darmstadt’s first game at their newly named stadium is Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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