Here’s a list of the all biggest stadiums in Germany, some of which are among the largest in the world.
26 Volkswagen Arena | Capacity: 30,000 | City: Wolfsburg
The most striking feature of the stadium is its sophisticated roof,which was designed as a truss-supported membrane structure.32 radial trusses, each 40 metres in length, make up the support system for the fire-retardant PVC membrane, which is 15,000 square metres large.The membrane is translucent, aims to improve the atmosphere in the stadium for the spectators and supports the natural growth of the grass on the pitch.
25 PreZero Arena | Capacity: 30,150 | City: Sinsheim
Currently known as PreZero Arena and previously as Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of 1899 Hoffenheim. The stadium has a capacity of 30,150 people. It replaced TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s former ground, the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion.
The stadium is the largest in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area, although it is situated in a town with only 36,000 inhabitants.
24. BayArena | Capacity: 30,200 | City: Leverkusen
As the new stadium design was planned in the 80s, it was based on the design of the then Ruhrstadiumin Bochum. A steep single-tier football stadium without a running track with seating for 35,000 spectators. The stadium was intended to be constructed section by section over time in order to save costs and grow with the demands of the club, starting with the east stand in 1986, the west in 1989 and the north in 1991. In the middle of the rebuild, the demands of modern football stadiums changed. Suites and VIP Areas became necessary, a family friendly section as well as design modification to all-seater following the Bundesliga riots of the 1990s and the demands for international matches.
23. WWK Arena | Capacity: 30,660 | City: Augsburg
WWK Arena is the first climate-neutral football stadium in the world. The carbon neutralitywas achieved by six ecological heat pumps (40 m deep), which produce the desired temperature via heat exchangers. A bio natural gas boiler also supplies the necessary energy during peak load times at a game. In 2017, a new stadium facade will be made for the WWK Arena.
22. MSV Arena | Capacity: 31,514 | City: Duisburg
The MSV Arena is a high-tech football stadium equipped for multi-functional use. Principally intended as the venue for MSV Duisburg’s home matches, the stadium takes its architectural inspiration from Germany’s many newly built stadiums. It can hold around 31,000 spectators, but the Arena is more than just a football stadium.Thanks to its multi-functional design, the venue can also host concerts and other social events. The open, glazed design creates a well-lit and bright foyer providing a spacious meeting place for visitors. The building adjacent to the west stand houses hospitality suites, catering facilities, restaurants, a business area, merchandise shops and MSV offices.
21. Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion | Capacity: 32,066 | City: Dresden
Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion is a multipurpose stadium that opened in 1923. It is the home ground of Dynamo Dresden and many other sporting clubs like Dresden Monarchs. The stadium has been host to both regional and international tournaments from time to time. It has hosted various fixtures for soccer and football. It has been a host to 2011 FIFA World Cup for Women’s team. The stadium has undergone renovation a couple of times to upgrade itself as per international standards.
20. New Tivoli| Capacity: 32,960 | City: Aechen
New Tivoli Aachen is a football stadium located in the city/town of Aachen in Germany, Europe. New Tivoli Aachen has a maximum stadium capacity of 32,960 spectators. Alemannia Aachen are the main occupants of the stadium. Alemannia Aachen play their domestic home football fixtures at New Tivoli Aachen in the 1. Bundesliga football competition.
19. Mewa Arena| Capacity: 34,034 | City: Mainz
A distinctive, red and striking beauty, the Mewa Arena was built in 2011 as the new stadium of 1. FSV Mainz 05 (first under the name Coface Arena, from 2016-2021 as the OPEL ARENA). It does not only serve as a venue for the Bundesliga matches of 1. FSV Mainz 05, but also as an event venue and a new figurehead of the city of Mainz. Architecturally, it was constructed with four steep one-tier stands and open corners with a view of the city and the surrounding nature. These features make it stand out in football Germany. The MEWA ARENA unites the spirit of traditional football venues with the functionality of modern stadiums.
18. Wildparkstadion| Capacity: 34,140 | City: Karlsruhe
A decision to rebuild the stadium was taken in 2006. The City of Karlsruhe and Karlsruher SC became engulfed in disputes about finances and finally abandoned the project in 2014. Two years later, the city again decided to renew the stadium, using the existing site and financed mostly by the city. In November 2018, demolition of parts of the old stadium and the current construction of a new 34,302-seat arena began. Works are being carried out in stages so that matches can be played on the existing pitch in front of at least 15,000 spectators. The new Wildparkstadion is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023 at a projected cost of €155 Million. In 2021, it was announced that BBBank had acquired the naming rights to the stadium for five years
17. Europa-Park Stadion| Capacity: 34,700 | City: Freiburg im Breisgau
Building a new stadium is the biggest project in the history of SC Freiburg. We are delighted to be able to present our new home, which will be so much more than just a place to play football. Our new stadium is intended to become the new home of SC Freiburg and shape its identity, while simultaneously meeting the increased demands for functionality, stadium experience, and entertainment. The new stadium has incorporated a wide variety of ideas into its build along with all of the passion and dedication of Freiburg. We’re extremely proud of it and can’t wait to experience it, and we hope you feel the same.
16. Weserstadion| Capacity: 42,358 | City: Bremen
This footballing temple with its four iconic floodlight masts can accommodate 42,100 fans. To get to Werder Bremen‘s riverside stadium, the Wohninvest Weser Stadium, in the heart of the city, you can walk, cycle, get the tram or even travel by boat.
15. Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)| Capacity: 47,069 | City: Leipzig
Originally designed to meet the requirements of the FIFA World Cup 2006, the stadium offers perfect conditions for football matches and concerts alike. Big names who sold out the stadium were AC/DC, Paul McCartney and Genesis.
The optical highlight of the new Red Bull Arena is the spectacular roof construction with its integrated flood-light facility. A perfectly tuned sound system ensures an outstanding acoustic. An innovative network of emergency escape routes ensures that little extra comfort and safety of its spectators.
14. Niedersachsenstadion| Capacity: 49,000 | City: Hannover
The HDI-Arena, known as Heinz-von-Heiden-Arena, AWD-Arena(stylized as AWDarena), and Niedersachsenstadion, is a football stadium in the district Calenberger Neustadt in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and competition venue of the German Bundesliga football club Hannover 96.
The original 86,000 capacity stadium was completed in 1954 and has since been rebuilt several times for various major football events. Today it has 49,000 covered seats. During the World Cup 2006 the stadium was named FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hannover. Through a sponsorship deal, the stadium’s official name is currently HDI-Arena.
13. Fritz-Walter-Stadion| Capacity: 49,780 | City: Kaiserslautern
High above the city towers the Fritz Walter Stadium. This was originally called the Betzenberg Stadium after the hill on which it stands. The stadium is the home of F.C. Kaiserslautern, and it was one of the most attractive football grounds in Germany, boasting one of the best atmospheres.
The capacity of the ground is 49,780, almost half the population of the city – and the locals still come in droves when their team is playing at home uffem Betze, “on the Betzenberg” as they say. Until the late 1990s, the ground was one of the few purely football stadiums in the Bundesliga, the German first division.
The closeness of the fans to the pitch and their vociferous support gave it a reputation as a virtually impregnable stronghold to visiting teams. And yet visitors are always welcome here – as at the 2006 World Cup, when the Fritz Walter Stadium was the venue for five thrilling games.
12. RheinEnergieStadion| Capacity: 49,968 | City: Cologne
The RheinEnergieSTADION – home of 1. FC Köln – is one of the most beautiful sports venues in the world. It seats over 50,000 spectators and is known for its goosebump atmosphere at home games of the “Effzee” and concerts by international top acts.Experience the Cologne lifestyle up close and personal in Cologne’s largest event and concert location.
11. Max-Morlock-Stadion| Capacity: 50,000 | City: Nuremberg
Max-Morlock-Stadion has been renovated twice, firstly from 1988 to 1991, and then again in 2002, to be ready in time for both the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 World Cup. The 2002 renovation cost €56.2 million which was split between the city of Nürnberg, the State of Bavaria and the building society, which managed the stadium.
This modernisation (designed and realized by HPP Architects) increased the capacity to 48,548 by extending the southwest and northwest grandstand. The playing field was lowered by 1.30 metres in order to provide all seats with an unrestricted view of the field. The Max-Morlock-Platz was developed as a place for fans to meet and enjoy something to eat; the total area of this place is 1,000 square metres. In the summer of 2012, the capacity was increased to 50,000.
10. Waldstadion (Frankfurt)| Capacity: 51,500 | City: Frankfurt
The new Waldstadion is primarily designed as a football stadium, but can be used for other turf sports like American football and major events. The grandstand offers rooms that are for meetings, conventions and other events in external markets.
The renovated stadium was officially opened at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, the test run for the 2006 World Cup. Both the opening match (Germany 4–3 Australia) and the final (Brazil 4–1 Argentina) were hosted at the stadium.
09. Borussia-Park| Capacity: 54,022 | City: Mönchengladbach
With an average occupancy rate of 95.1% it is one of the most frequently visited football stadiums in Europe, placing 13th in 2017 (between Liverpool F.C.And Hamburger SV). This is despite the relatively small size of the city of Mönchengladbach.
08. Merkur Spiel-Arena| Capacity: 54,600 | City: Düsseldorf
It is the best address in Düsseldorf for events in large-scale format. But thanks to the flexible set-ups from 30,000 to 66,500 spectators, smaller or medium-sized concerts, shows and corporate events can also enjoy the special stadium atmosphere.
The venue offers visitors maximum comfort at any time of year thanks to its closable roof and a unique heating system. The MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA is not only home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, but also to numerous national and international music stars.
07. Volksparkstadion| Capacity: 57,030 | City: Hamburg
Volksparkstadion, also referred to as Hamburg Arena, got built on the site of the old stadium with the same name, but with the pitch turned 90 degrees. Building works started in July 1998, and as the old stadium was gradually demolished and replaced with the new one, HSV kept playing their home games at the stadium.
The new Volksparkstadion was completed in August 2000. It first received the sponsor name AOL Arena, which it kept until 2007, was renamed HSH Nordbank Arena between 2007 and 2010, and then received the sponsor name Imtech Arena until 2015. During the World Cup and other events where the sponsor name could not be used, the stadium went with the name Hamburg Arena.
06. MHPArena| Capacity: 60,469 | City: Stuttgart
In 1993 the fabric roof of the stadium was constructed. From 1999 to 2003 the upper tier of the main stand was demolished and rebuilt. In 2005 the opposite stands received a new upper tier as well.
The redevelopment into a football-specific stadium was announced along with the stadium’s name change in late March 2008. The first computer images of the new arena were released at the same time, also showing a large cube with four video scoreboards above the centre circle, similar to the one in the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt
05. Arena AufSchalke| Capacity: 62,271 | City: Gelsenkirchen
The Veltins-Arena features a Teflon-coated fiberglass canvas retractable roof, which spans the entire stadium. The roof is supported by a rectangular truss that is suspended above the field, which is in turn connected to the main building via 24 steel pylons. The center of the roof can be opened into two halves, allowing for an opened or covered stadium, depending on weather and event.
To reduce the exterior noise of up to 105 decibels during concerts, a second layer of Teflon-coated fiberglass canvas was added over the first, creating a dampening air cushion. Hanging 25 metres (82 ft) over the center of the pitch are four video screens, each with a surface area of 35 square metres (380 sq ft). The centrally suspended scoreboard, similar to those found inside indoor sports arenas, was the first of its kind in football stadium, and has since been copied in the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt and the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf.
04. Olympiastadion (Munich)| Capacity: 63,540 | City: Munich
The original capacity was maximally and officially around 75,000 seats, during the Olympics; yet average audiences of 80,000 to 90,000 people were registered daily. Also, the stadium has hosted many major football matches including the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final and the UEFA Euro 1988 Final – originally the official capacity was 73.000 for football.
The stadium hosted the European Cup Finals in 1979, 1993 and 1997. Its current capacity is 69,250, including 11,800 standing places and 57,450 seats; or alternatively 63,118 seated spectators. The stadium has also hosted various concerts, with capacity up to 77,337 depending on configuration.
03. Olympiastadion (Berlin)| Capacity: 74,475 | City: Berlin
It was originally built by Werner March for the 1936 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, the record attendance was thought to be over 100,000. Today the stadium is part of the Olympiapark Berlin.
Since renovations in 2004, the Olympiastadion has a permanent capacity of 74,475 seats and is the largest stadium in Germany for international football matches. The Olympiastadion is a UEFA category four stadium.
02. Allianz Arena| Capacity: 75,024 | City: Munich
Effective with the city’s approval of modifications that was granted 16 January 2006, the legal capacity of the stadium increased from 69,000 to 71,000 spectators (including standing room). The lower tier can seat up to 20,000, the middle tier up to 24,000, and the upper tier up to 22,000. 10,400 of the seats in the lower tier corners can be converted to standing room to allow an additional 3,120 spectators.
The total capacity includes 2,000 business seats, 400 seats for the press, 106 luxury boxes with seating for up to 174, and 165 berths for wheelchairs and the like. From the second half of the 2005–06 Bundesliga season, the arena is able to accommodate 69,901 spectators at league and DFB-Pokal games, but because of UEFA regulations, the capacity remained at 66,000 seats for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup games.
01. Westfalenstadion| Capacity: 81,365 | City: Dortmund
The stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe and is renowned for its atmosphere.
The 24,454 capacity (South Bank) is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football. Famous for the intense atmosphere it breeds, the south terrace has been nicknamed “The Yellow Wall”