Top 10 Largest Stadiums In Germany

September 13, 2018

Top 10 Largest Stadiums In Germany

Welcome back to Bundesliga Chat, in this article we break down the top 10 largest stadiums in Germany, some of these you will definitely recognise and some you may not realise were actually this large! If you enjoy this article then be sure to check out our latest articles for more Bundesliga stories to feast your eyes on.

Nurnberg stadium

10 – Max-Morlock Stadion

Club – FC Nürnberg

State – Bavaria

Capacity – 50,000

This stadium first opened in 1928 but it has been home to its current residents FC Nürnberg since 1966. It has hosted many great footballing spectacles too. In the 1972 Summer Olympics it played to six football matches for the competition and during the 2006 World Cup finals, there were 5 matches played here including the infamous ‘Battle of Nuremberg’ between Portugal and Netherlands. The label for this game came after Russian referee Valentin Ivanov issued 4 red cards and 16 yellow cards during the game which still stands at a record number.

Commerzbank Arena

9 – Commerzbank-Arena

Club – Eintracht Frankfurt

State – Heese

Capacity – 51,500

Previously known as the Waldstadion, the Commerzbank Arena was first opened in 1925 and Eintracht Frankfurt has played their football matches here since 1963. The original capacity for the stadium was 40,000 when the stadium first opened but since has had renovations to increase the number of people that it can fit in 51,500. The Commerzbank Arena was also one of the stadiums that were involved in the hosting of the 2006 World Cup and hosted 5 games during the tournament.

Borussia Park Mönchengladbach

8 – Borussia Park

Club – Borussia Mönchengladbach

State – North Rhine-Westphalia

Capacity – 54,067

Borussia Park is the home of Borussia Mönchengladbach replacing their old home, the smaller Bökelbergstadion. Borussia Park has a capacity of 54,057, and of this 16,145 is used for standing for the fans on a matchday. The stadium was first opened in 2004 and has been used since to host Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga matches. The stadium missed out on the chance to host matches during the 2006 World Cup despite only being 2 years old.

Esprit Arena

7 – Merkur Spiel Arena

Club – Fortuna Düsseldorf

State – North Rhine-Westphalia

Capacity – 54,600

For number 7 in this list of largest stadiums in Germany. Previously known as the Espirit Arena until the 2nd of August. The Merkur Spiel Arena is the home stadium of Fortuna Düsseldorf and holds 54,600 people inside on a Bundesliga matchday. The ground has a retractable roof and a special heating system installed to allow the stadium to host events in the height of winter. Like Borussia Park, the stadium was not used for the 2006 World Cup despite only opening in 2004 itself. The stadium has played host to numerous other sports events including the 2015 boxing match between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury which was won by Fury on a unanimous points decision.

Volksparkstadion

6 – Volksparkstadion

Club – Hamburger SV

State – Hamburg

Capacity – 57,030

Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion is the 6th largest stadium in Germany which is no surprise due to the history and size of the club. The stadium was first opened to the public in 1953 and Hamburg have played their home games here ever since. Volksparkstadion translates into English as ‘The People’s Stadium’ and holds a capacity of 57,000 during league matches when Hamburg are playing. Inside their stadium is their world renowned clock which was added to the northwest corner of the stadium in 2001 to commemorate Hamburger SV’s status. As the only club to have played continuously in the Bundesliga since its origin. The clock marks the time, down to the second, since the league was founded on 24 August 1963. However, after Hamburg’s recent relegation to the 2nd tier, it has been updated to now reflect Hamburg’s foundation.

Mercedes Benz Arena Stuttgart

5 – Mercedes-Benz Arena

Club – VfB Stuttgart

State – Baden-Württemberg

Capacity – 60,469

The Mercedes Benz Arena was originally built in 1933 after designs by the German architect Paul Bonatz. Before 1993 the stadium was called Neckarstadion due to its close distance to the river Neckar. VfB Stuttgart has been playing their home matches since 1933 until the present day. It was also a part of the collection of stadiums that hosted the 2006 World Cup games too including the 3rd place playoff which Germany won 3-1 over Portugal. Stuttgarter Kickers have also played their Bundesliga home matches at this stadium when they were in the first division. The capacity of the stadium is around 60,000 when there are Bundesliga matches on. The ground features a very unique fabric roof making it easily recognisable. It’s made from precision tailored membranes of PVC coated polyester, making the roof able to withstand 1,000 kg of weight per square decimeter.

Veltins Arena

4 – Veltins Arena

Club – FC Schalke 04

State – North Rhine-Westphalia

Capacity – 62,271

The Veltins Arena is in Gelsenkirchen and is the home stadium of the club FC Schalke 04, it originally opened in 2001 and has a 62,271 capacity for Bundlesiga matches. It hosted the 2004 Champions League final and 5 matches during the 2006 World Cup. Their previous stadium was called the parkstadion and they planned to move out of there in the late 1990’s. The arena has a slide out pitch so that the grass playing surface can grow outside under normal conditions without suffering from a lack of nutrition and sunlight which is common in other stadiums around the world.

Olympiastadion

3 – Olympiastadion

Club – Hertha Berlin

State – Berlin

Capacity – 74,475

Number 3 in the largest stadiums in Germany is the Olympiastadion. Originally built for 1936 summer Olympics, the Olympiastadion is a UEFA category 4 stadium. It is one of the world’s most prestigious venues for football and other sports and entertainment. As mentioned previously the stadium wasn’t built with the sole purpose of football in mind, but athletics instead (hence the track around the pitch). It has a capacity of 74,475 seats and hosts most of the Germany national team games here. Hertha Berlin have played their home matches in this ground since the dawn of the Bundesliga in 1963. The DFB Pokal final is also held here every year. It hosted the 2006 World Cup final where Italy won their fourth World Cup title on penalties.

Allianz Arena

2 – Allianz Arena

Club – Bayern Munich

State – Bavaria

Capacity – 75,000

Located in Munich, Bavaria the Allianz Arena is a fine piece of stadium architecture. Originally opened in 2005 with a 75,000 seating capacity. The Allianz Arena has been the home of the Bayern Munich games since the start of the 2005/06 season. It has also been the home of 1860 Munich too until the year 2017 when the rental contract was terminated and Bayern Munich were made the sole tenants of the stadium. The stadium is a UEFA category 4 stadium and has been given the nickname “Schlauchboot” (translates as inflatable boat) because of the way it has been designed and built.

Signal Iduna Park

1 – Signal Iduna Park

Club – Borussia Dortmund

State – North Rhine-Westphalia

Capacity – 81,359

At the top of the list of the largest stadiums in Germany is this. The former name is the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund and has been home to black and yellow Borussia Dortmund since 1974. The official name of the stadium is Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship reasons. The stadium is one of the most famous grounds in Europe and is renowned for its world class atmosphere. The capacity of the stadium is 81,359 making it the largest in Germany and in the Bundesliga. Signal Iduna Park is famous for its Südtribüne (nicknamed the “Yellow Wall”) which is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football holding 24,454 spectators on a matchday.

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