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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.

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For me Red Bull Arena is the most intimidating stadium in the country. This place is very very difficult for opposing teams come in and even think that they're going to get results. This is ours and we're going to defend it. You're standing in the Cathedral of American soccer. I think from the beginning of a planning stages we knew that we wanted to build a stadium that was built for the soccer experience for the fans from the ground up. I don't think there's a bad seat in the building. We want to make sure that everything was as close as possible to the pitch. Ultimately it was driven and designed to be pure soccer experience from the first day we started to design this place. CHEERS When I first stepped on the grounds of Red Bull Arena, a good portion of the stadium was up and we've got started to see what this thing can really look like and I'm got a grew up within 10 miles of the arena and it was a big moment for me and a big moment for the club obviously and you know I lot of good things that have been there since. On Opening Day of its first season you're realizing that this is something that is far away nothing like we've seen in this country. Looks like it's Lindpere. Pull strike and he's got that good left foot and there is another one! And the Red Bulls are on the board! That first night against Santos in 2010 was an absolute culmination of a dream to have this franchise be able to call it not just a place but a place like this their own. I had seen the renderings for Red Bull Arena and what it was gonna look like but my first time actually seeing it in person was the first game against Santos. I just remember being in awe of you know the aesthetics of the stadium and then also just the environment that the stadium was able to create the acoustics and again another key buzz word here is energy. That game was incredible. I was i was impressed immediately at the sheer architecture and the acoustics of that place because of the architecture it holds in the sound. When you get a capacity audience then it then it really does rock. The transition in the Red Bull Arena has been incredible.It's really set the standard for stadiums in the league and experiences for fans. it just took such great steps forward since leaving Giants Stadium We would put 20,000 people in Giants Stadium. pretty good Crowd. Giants Stadium would seem so empty it was passionless it's only because with so cavernous with just thousands of people. There is an enormous difference playing here at Red Bull Arena as opposed to Giant Stadium where I had to play. The idea of knowing that this is your home. To have the opportunity to play on a wonderful facility, world-class, and a playing surface that is just a second to none in Major League Soccer. it's an overall atmosphere and comfort that you have at home i'm not going to say it's the field conditions but you know certainly having good field conditions helps you play and you have a comfort level like that. The away team has to walk in knowing that they're already in that underdog role you know stepping onto the field. When I was with Montreal and we came to Red Bull Arena, to play New York it was one of the hardest games to play in because the fans were all over the game. The energy within the stadium on that day was incredible so it always made it a tough place to play in a tough place to come get results. Ibelieve it was 2010 i was playing for FC Dallas at the time. My first impression of it was a little bit of awe. You walk in you want to take pictures right away because it doesn't feel like other MLS stadiums in terms of the scale in terms of you know just how good the home team is there. Even if you're visiting team and you come up to the arena you know that this is the best place to play, and as a player a part of this organization when I put on that jersey from the first whistle to the last whistle i step on to Red Bull Arena and i'm inspired. It's home. They walk in they see a first-class facility they see a place that they know that they trained in that they're comfortable in. The sound of the crowd resonates for them. It matches their energy. These fans come to Red Bull Arena and the players know that they have their back for 90 minutes plus to make sure that it's a very difficult place to play. This is our house we got you know take care of our house and we can let people come here and start winning these games we gotta do what we have to do. You know this is all one team. The passion that we have. Knowing that every single time a team plays here they have to play not against the 11 players with the 25,000 also that are here in attendance that are loud, engaged every single time they're playing. We know it's like a 12-man as cliche as it sounds. The energy from the stadium, because it's enclosed. The noise really holds in there and in you know our fans are some of the best in the league at making a loud the whole game. It's hard to put into words but you just have that extra boost at home and you know our fan base is incredible. They push us to do things that normally we couldn't do. You know it feels like a family environment and whenever they're very comfortable and we know that we can really beat anyone on any given day. We just know that we're very lucky to have what we have and try not to take moments for granted in our arena and it is our home and we take that very personal. I think everybody wants to take this beautiful arena and now honor it by making sure that every time that the team steps out on the field that we give everything we have to make sure that our fans know what we're all about. Every time i go back to my hometown there's a stretch of open space before you hit it and as you're coming up on and you get to see just the town on the foothills of the mountains and you have this feeling of its home. When I walk out on Red Bull Arena I have the same feeling that we're home and then we're gonna protect her house.

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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

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ EBERT, KARL. "Hallescher FC: HFC reicht Drittliga-Lizenz fristgerecht beim DFB ein". Mz-web.de. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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