Gelsenkirchen Stadium, Veltins-Arena Building, FC Schalke 04, Date, Capacity

Gelsenkirchen Stadium Building : Architecture

Veltins-Arena – Ruhrgebeit Football Stadium, Sports Ground in Germany

page updated 24 Aug 2016

Arena Auf Schalke

The Gelsenkirchen Stadium – Arena Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia

Date built: 1998–2001

Architects: Hentrich, Petschnigg und Partner

The Veltins-Arena is a state-of-the-art stadium for the World Cup 2006

Football Club: FC Schalke 04
Built: 1998-2002
Capacity: 57,000
Concerts & Opera are also held at the Gelsenkirchen Stadium

Arena Auf Schalke Veltins-Arena Gelsenkirchen Stadium
photo By Arne Müseler /, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,

Gelsenkirchen Stadium : Veltins-Arena

Construction cost: € 191 million approximate

The stadium has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. The naming rights to the stadium were sold on 1 July 2005 to the German brewery Veltins.

The Veltins-Arena was created as a multi-functional arena of two tiers that completely surround the playing field.

These allow for a league capacity of 62,271 spectators (standing and seated) and an international capacity of 54,740.

For league matches, the North stand is left as standing rows (capacity: 16,307) to accommodate the Schalke 04 fans, while for international matches, these are converted to seats (capacity: 8,600). The 72 VIP lounges form a ring around the entire stadium, separating the first tier from the second tier. On the main Western grandstand, the VIP capacity is increased by a second level of lounges directly beneath the main belt.

The foundation for the stadium was created out of cast concrete and 600,000 m3 of packed slag. These were packed into mounds to support the four main stands, which were made out of pre-fabricated, reinforced concrete sections.

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