Merkur Spiel-Arena - Fortuna Düsseldorf Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: August 14, 2021

exterior of esprit arena

Esprit Arena or The Düsseldorf Arena is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Düsseldorf. Home to Fortuna Düsseldorf who play in the second tier of German football as of 2014, the ground has a large capacity of 54,600 and recently held the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2011.

Fortuna Düsseldorf Stadium Guide

Stadium Facts

Overview
Team:Fortuna Düsseldorf
Opened:2004
Capacity:54,600
Address: Arena-Straße 1, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, 40474
Pitch Size:100 m × 70 m
Stadium Owner:City of Düsseldorf
Operator:Fortuna Düsseldorf
Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkur_Spiel-Arena
Official Site:https://www.merkur-spiel-arena.de/en/#home
Stadium Names
Former Names:LTU Arena (2004–2009), Esprit Arena (2009–2018)
International Name:Düsseldorf Arena
Construction Details
Broke Ground:2002
Built:2002-2004
Architect:JSK Architekten
Construction Cost:€240 million

Merkur Spiel-Arena History

The Düsseldorf Arena was constructed over a two year period between 2002 and 2004 in order to replace Fortuna’s previous home ground, Rheinstadion. Dating as far back as 1925, Rheinstadion was steeped in history having hosted matches of the 1974 World Cup and 1988 Euros, however it featured an problematic athletics track and was slowly becoming dilapidated.

Costing a reported €240 million, the arena features a fully retractable roof similar to that of Millennium Stadium and Amsterdam Arena and was originally capable of accommodating 51,500. After some sections of seating were converted to terraces in the Summer of 2010, the capacity increased to 54,600, and for concerts Esprit Arena can welcome up to 66,500 revellers.

Criticised for its large-cost, and the fact that it was overlooked as a venue for the 2006 World Cup, the City of Düsseldorf have attempted to recoup some of their investment by selling the naming rights. Originally it was known as the LTU Arena after the German airline, however since July 2009 the clothing manufacture Esprit have owned the naming rights.

Esprit Arena’s inaugural fixture was held on 10th September 2004 with a limited capacity against 1. FC Union Berlin in order to pass safety inspections. Regarded as a “soft opening”, the first proper match was held on 18th January 2005 against Bayern Munich. This ended in a disappointed 5-1 defeat.

As one of Germany’s most modern stadiums, and combined with the fact that the National Team doesn’t have an official home, Esprit Arena has hosted a handful of international matches since opening. The first of its kind was held on 9th February 2005 between Germany and Argentina, and a sell-out crowd enjoyed an entertaining match which ended 2-2.

Fortuna Dusseldorf supporters inside the stadium

View of Merkur Spiel-Arena

Fortuna Düsseldorf Info

Full Name:Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e.V.
Rivals:1. FC Köln
Founded:1895
Team Colours:Red and White
Nicknames:Flingeraner, Fortunen, Rheinländer
Former Stadiums:Lichtplatz (1908–1919) , Vennhauser Straße (1919–1930) , Paul-Janes-Stadion (1930–1953, 1970–1972, 1975–1976 2002–2005, 2005–2007), Rheinstadion (1953–70, 1972–2002)
Famous Players:Klaus Allofs, Thomas Allofs, Reiner Geye, Dieter Brei, Rouwen Hennings
Famous Managers:Friedhelm Funkel, Uwe Rösler, Norbert Meier, Uwe Weidemann
Team Goalscorer:Peter Meyer (98)
Most Appearances:Gerd Zewe (527)
Official Website:https://www.f95.de/home/
Team Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortuna_D%C3%BCsseldorf

Merkur Spiel-Arena Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Fortuna Düsseldorf's Merkur Spiel-Arena:

Esprit Arena Seating Plan

Stand Photos

Esprit Arena is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.

Matchday Experience

Fortuna Düsseldorf Club Shop

Interior of Dusseldorf club shop

Fortuna Düsseldorf Club Shop

How to get to Merkur Spiel-Arena

Where is Merkur Spiel-Arena?


Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Merkur Spiel-Arena?

German side Fortuna Düsseldorf play their home matches at Merkur Spiel-Arena.

What is the capacity of Merkur Spiel-Arena?

As of 2021 Merkur Spiel-Arena has an official seating capacity of 54,600 for Football matches.

When was Merkur Spiel-Arena opened?

Merkur Spiel-Arena officially opened in 2004 and is home to Fortuna Düsseldorf

What is the postcode for Merkur Spiel-Arena?

The postcode for Merkur Spiel-Arena is 40474.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Merkur Spiel-Arena in 2021. Please visit the official website of Fortuna Düsseldorf for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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