The Merkur Spiel-Arena (previously known as the Espirit Arena and LTU Arena) is the home of Fortuna Düsseldorf, opened in 2004 to replace their former home, the Rheinstadion. The stadium has a capacity of nearly 55,000 with nearly 10,000 of standing terrace and features a retractable roof and heating system which maintains an internal temperature of up to 15°C.
The former Rheinstadion had hosted matches at the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1988 UEFA European Championship. The new stadium did bid to become one of the host venues of the 2006 FIFA World Cup but was ultimately unsuccessful. However the venue will be used as one of the stadiums of UEFA Euro 2024.
Several Germany internationals have been held at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, the first being a 2-2 draw with Argentina in February 2005. Portugal also hosted two friendlies at the stadium, a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia in March 2006 and 2-1 loss to Greece in March 2008.
The Merkur Spiel-Arena was the home of NFL Europe side Rhein Fire between 2005 and 2007, hosting other events including World Heavyweight Championship boxing fights involving Wladimir Klitschko in 2010, 2012 and 2015, the 2010 Race of Champions, numerous concerts and the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tickets at Merkur Spiel-Arena
Fortuna Düsseldorf: Tickets for Fortuna Düsseldorf usually go on sale four to six weeks before the match. Terrace standing costs €13, with the price of a seat ranging from €17 to €46. Tickets are available to purchase online, in the fan shops on Flinger Broich and on Burgplatz or one of the number of advanced bookings offices across the city.
Germany international football team: Tickets for any Germany international matches played at the Merkur Spiel-Arena will be available on the official DFB website.
Location & Travel to Merkur Spiel-Arena
The Merkur Spiel-Arena is located along the banks of the river Rhine in the north of Düsseldorf, approximately 5 kilometres from its centre.
Airport – Düsseldorf Airport is located just three kilometres from the stadium, being the third largest in Germany and handling a number of flights to European and International destinations. You can catch a train from the airport to Düsseldorf city centre, or if looking to head straight to the stadium – a taxi will cost around €15 and take about 10 minutes. Or use bus 760 to Freiligrathplatz before catching line U78 of the Rheinbahn to Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Driving & Parking – There are over 22,000 parking spaces in parking area P1, costing €5 for Fortuna Düsseldorf matches. You can reach the Merkur Spiel-Arena via several motorways (A52/A3/A44/A57/A59), following directions to the stadium at the appropriate exit.
Rheinbahn (Metro) – On match days, the Rheinbahn line U78 runs every five minutes from Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof to the Merkur Spiel-Arena station with a journey time of about 15 minutes. Match tickets include the use of public transport in the city on the day so you will not be required to buy another ticket.
Train – Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city and is about 2 kilometres east of the city centre. The station offers high speed trains across the country and beyond to Brussels, Paris, Vienna among others, as well as a number of services across the region.
From the station you can head directly to the Merkur Spiel-Arena using the Rheinbahn as above.
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Merkur Spiel-Arena Stadium Tour
Stadium tours of the Merkur Spiel-Arena usually take place at noon on Sunday’s when no match is being played. The 90 minute tour costs €10, you will need to book in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone+49 (0) 211 415 542 12. Further information is available on the official website.