The Waldstadion (currently known as the Deutsche Bank Park for sponsorship reasons and previously known as the Commerzbank-Arena) has been the home of Eintracht Frankfurt since it opened in 1925. Today the stadium has a capacity of 51,500 and features a retractable roof.
When it first opened it had a capacity of 35,000, which was expanded to 55,000 by 1937 and featured a cycling velodrome and swimming pool within the complex. Waldstadion hosted its first major event just two weeks after opening, with 1. FC Nürnberg defeating the local FSV Frankfurtwith 1-0 in the final of the German football championship. The following month, the stadium hosted most events at the 1925 Workers’ Summer Olympiad.
A major renovation was undertook in 1955, with a record attendance of 81,000 set in 1959 when Eintracht played FK Pirmasens in the German National Championships.
An ice rink was built within the velodrome in 1960, which became the home of the Eintracht Frankfurt ice hockey team until 1981. The velodrome hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 1966 and later that same year the stadium witnessed Muhammad Ali retain his heavyweight boxing championship crowns in a 12th round knockout over Karl Mildenberger.
The stadium was virtually rebuilt ahead of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, hosting the tournament’s opening ceremony as well as three group matches and two second round fixtures. Two group matches of UEFA Euro 1988 were also held at Waldstadion, including England’s 3-1 loss to the Soviet Union.
Another reconstruction took place in 2005 ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In preparation for the World Cup, three group matches and the Final of the 2005 Confederations Cup were held at the stadium, with Brazil defeating Argentina 4-1. Four group matches took place during the World Cup, as well as a quarter-final in which France defeated Brazil 1-0 on their way to the Final.
Five years later, the stadium hosted four matches of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup including two group matches, a 2-0 semi-final win for Japan over Sweden and the Final in which the Japanese defeated the United States on penalties.
Germany have played a number of internationals at Waldstadion, the first of which was in 1930 as they lost 2-0 to Italy.
The Frankfurt Galaxy American Football team of the now defunct NFL Europa played the majority of their home matches at the stadium between 1991 and 2007. It is reported two NFL matches will be played here in 2023 and 2025 as part of the international series.
Tenants: Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
Tickets at Waldstadion
Eintracht Frankfurt Tickets
Eintracht Frankfurt tickets are available to purchase online or at the fan shop at the stadium. Frankfurt do sell out some of their matches so it is worth purchasing in advance, although some tickets can be bought on the day where available.
For the 2021/2021 season, tickets ranged from €21 for a Category 1 fixture all the way up to €88. Standing tickets cost €13 or €15 regardless of the opposition.
Germany international football team Tickets
Tickets for any Germany international matches played at Waldstadion will be available on the official DFB website.
Waldstadion Stadium Tour and Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
Entrance to the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum also includes a stadium tour of the Waldstadion, costing €11 for Adults and €9 for concessions. Further information and booking is available on the official website (in German).
Location & Travel to Waldstadion
The Waldstadion is located approximately 5 kilometres to the south of Frankfurt’s city centre, Germany’s fifth largest city.
Airport – Frankfurt Airport is the busiest passenger airport in Germany, with regular flights all across the world. The airport is located 12 kilometres southwest of Frankfurt city centre, with the airport station sitting on the Cologne-Frankfurt high speed line. This train runs hourly, with other high speed services running across the country. The airport’s regional station has services that run to the city centre with a journey time of about 10 minutes.
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Bus – Bus lines 61 and 80 run between Frankfurt Airport and Frankfurt Südbahnhof and you can get off at the ‘Stadionbad’ or ‘Osttribüne’ stops, both approximately a kilometre away.
Driving & Parking – Take the A3 or A5 towards Frankfurt and exit at the sign with a football symbol. There are several car parks within the vicinity of the stadium, parking at Gleisdreieck, the Waldparkplatz, and Isenburger Schneise all costs €6 per car.
Tram – Tram line 21 runs from in front of the Hauptbahnhof to the Stadion station, located approximately a kilometre from the stadium. On matchdays the tram runs every three minutes.
Train – Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is the largest railway station in Germany, with high speed services across Germany as well as internationally to Austria, Belgium France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Frankfurt Stadion Station is just a kilometre from the Waldstation, with lines S7, S8 and S9 running to Hauptbahnhof in just over 5 minutes. The station sits on the line that runs between Mainz and Frankfurt Airport.
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