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Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)

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Red Bull Arena
Red Bull arena, Leipzig von oben Zentralstadion.jpg
Full name Red Bull Arena
Former names Zentralstadion (1956–2010)
Location Am Sportforum 3, Leipzig, Germany
Coordinates 51°20′44.86″N 12°20′53.59″E / 51.3457944°N 12.3482194°E / 51.3457944; 12.3482194
Capacity 42,959 (football)
50,000 (concert)
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Built 1954
Opened 4 August 1956; 61 years ago (1956-08-04)
Renovated December 2000 – March 2004
Tenants
RB Leipzig (2010–present)
Germany national football team (selected matches)

Red Bull Arena (German pronunciation: [ʁɛt ˈbʊl ʔaˌʁeːnaː], formerly Zentralstadion [tsɛnˈtʁaːlˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn]), is a football facility located in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. It is the largest football stadium in the former East Germany and has also hosted music concerts as well as football.

It is currently the home stadium for first-division club RB Leipzig but various Leipzig football teams have used the stadium as a home stadium, including VfB Leipzig (precursor to 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig) at various points in the 20th century (including large-scale European matches in the 1970s and domestic football in the 1990s).

Due to UEFA sponsorship regulations, the stadium is known as the RB Arena for European matches.

History

In 1956, the first Zentralstadion opened, at the time it was one of the biggest stadiums in Europe being able to hold 100,000 spectators. However, over the years it fell into disuse and was costing the city too much to maintain. In 1997, the city of Leipzig decided to build a new stadium within the old stadium, a modern state of the art stadium only for football. The new stadium was built from December 2000 till March 2004. A similar endeavor of constructing a new stadium within the confines of an historic stadium's exterior was completed in Chicago's Soldier Field, which similarly build a modern stadium while preserving the exterior of the original structure.

The Zentralstadion was the only stadium in the former East Germany to host games in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It hosted four group matches and a round of 16 game in the tournament. A year earlier, it was also one of the venues for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and hosted three matches of the tournament, including the third-place match. From 2005 to 2007, the Zentralstadion was host of the German League Cup final.

FC Sachsen Leipzig used the stadium as a home ground from time to time between 2004 and 2007, however they moved back to their traditional home, the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark at the start of the 2008–09 season.

In July 2009, energy drink manufacturer Red Bull took over the license of SSV Markranstädt and renamed the team RasenBallsport Leipzig, in short RB Leipzig. From the outset, the new team outlined their wish to move into the tenant-less Zentralstadion and rename it the "Red Bull Arena". The naming rights were granted on 25 March 2010 and the stadium will be named so for a minimum period of 10 years as of 1 July 2010. The cost for renting the stadium will rise in accordance with the level of football RasenBallsport Leipzig are at. The team has pledged to upgrade the seating, install video advertising boards and make changes to the boxes and the VIP area.[1][2]

In the 2010–11 season, Hallescher FC played between three and five games at the Zentralstadion due to their own Kurt-Wabbel Stadion being renovated.[3]

In 2014, the stadium was ranked 17th in the country based on attendance, safety, and number of events.[4]

Facilities

 Red Bull Arena with Festwiese
Red Bull Arena with Festwiese
 Leipzig city centre with Red Bull Arena to the right
Leipzig city centre with Red Bull Arena to the right

There are bridges built over the old stadium to connect with the new stadium. The roof has an integrated floodlight design and is designed to provide superior acoustics. The grass area is 120 x 80 m, the actual playing field is 105 x 68 m. It has been integrated into the area surrounding the stadium by large numbers of trees and other greenery.

External dimensions

  • North to South: 230 m
  • East to West: 210 m
  • Height to Roof: 46.5 m
  • Roof Area: 28,100 m²
  • Map Coordinates: 51° 20' 44" N; 12° 20' 54" E

2006 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only one located in the territory of the former East Germany.

The following games were played at the stadium during the 2006 World Cup:

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
11 June 2006 15:00 Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro 0–1 Netherlands Netherlands Group C 37,216
14 June 2006 15:00 Spain Spain 4–0 Ukraine Ukraine Group H 43,000
18 June 2006 21:00 France France 1–1 South Korea South Korea Group G 43,000
21 June 2006 16:00 Iran Iran 1–1 Angola Angola Group D 38,000
24 June 2006 21:00 Argentina Argentina 2–1 (aet) Mexico Mexico Round of 16 (knockout stage) 43,000

Other uses

The arena is frequently used as a concert venue. Tina Turner (2000), Paul McCartney (2004), Herbert Grönemeyer (2007, 2011), Genesis (2007), Bon Jovi (2008), Depeche Mode (2009, 2013), AC/DC (2009, 2016), Mario Barth (2011), Coldplay (2012, 2017), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2013), and Helene Fischer (2015,2018) have all played at this venue.

References

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This page was last edited on 19 February 2018, at 01:01.
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