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Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia

Home of the Fortuna Düsseldorf



ESPRIT Arena (map it)
Arena-Straße 1
Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia 40474

Fortuna Düsseldorf website

ESPRIT Arena website

Year Opened: 2005

Capacity: 54,600

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Local Information


D-Day in Düsseldorf

The ESPRIT arena is a multifunctional football (soccer) stadium with a capacity for 54,600 spectators in the German city of Düsseldorf. It is situated on the right bank of the river Rhine in the Stockum-area of the city. ESPRIT Arena has been the home to German football club Fortuna Düsseldorf since 2004, and replaced the former Rhein Stadium which stood on the same spot.

The construction of ESPRIT Arena took over 2 years (2002–2004). The total project costs are estimated at some €218 million ($289.4 million). On the 18 January 2005, the stadium was opened, and at that time, the stadium had a capacity of 51,500. After the removal of chairs in some designated areas, the capacity increased to the current capacity of 54,600. Nowadays, there are 9,917 standing places in the arena. The stadium has a roof that can be closed and has a special heating system to give maximum comfort to the spectators in the winter.

ESPRIT Arena wasn’t selected by FIFA to be one the playing venues during the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany. The American footballers of Rhein Fire played their home games in the ESPRIT Arena until 2007. On 29 June 2007, the NFL announced NFL Europe would immediately cease operations.

On the 10th, 12th and 14th of May 2011, the 56th Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was held in the ESPRIT Arena. The arena was temporarily renamed Arena Düsseldorf, as the current sponsor of the arena (Esprit Holdings) didn’t obtain the naming rights to the festival.

(Note: all exchange rates are as of the time of this posting, July 2013.)


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The prices of food and beverages inside ESPRIT Arena are fair. There are many counters inside the stadium where you can buy a large variety of drinks (water, sodas, and various beers). Each drink you buy is sold in a plastic cup, which has a deposit of €1 ($1.33) each. After your drink is finished, you can return this cup and get your deposit back. To avoid long queues at the counters, there are several mobile vending points inside the concourse of the stadium as well. For a bratwurst or frankfurter, you pay €3.60 ($4.75), hamburgers are sold for €4 ($5.30).

Atmosphere    5

The atmosphere during our match against local rivals MSV Duisburg was great, but also hostile. There is no love lost between the supporters of these two teams. There was a pyrotechnics show arranged by the MSV Duisburg fans, which is illegal inside German grounds. The match between Fortuna and MSV is called the "Strassenbahn-derby", in which the name of the derby refers to the matter of transport the supporters used in the past to visit these local matches. Less than 20 km separates these two German cities, so they took the tram to travel from Düsseldorf to Duisburg, and vice versa.

Neighborhood    3

ESPRIT Arena lies on the right bank of the river Rhine in the north part of the city. The stadium lies more than 5 km away from Düsseldorf's historic city centre. Next to the stadium is the Düsseldorf-Messe. This is a trade fairground with an exhibition space of 306,000 sqm (indoor: 262,700 sqm). More than 40 annual fairs are staged here. The Düsseldorf-Airport is less than 3 km away from the ESPRIT Arena.

Fans    4

MSV Duisburg brought over 5,000 away supporters, and they were accompanied by a large police force into the stadium. The away fans are housed in the northeast corner of the stadium. The most fanatic Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters are located in the Süd-tribune (south stand). Right after the final whistle, the Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters tried to invade the pitch, in which they partly succeeded (see the above photos).

Access    4

We went by car to Düsseldorf, the ESPRIT arena is situated close to the A44 motorway. After taking exit 29 (Messe Nord), we parked our car some 4 km away from the arena. From there, we used metro line U78 to get to the stadium (see also the Extras for free public transport). The station ESPRIT Arena/Messe Nord is the last stop on that line and is located next to the stadium.

Return on Investment    5

Tickets for this great day out cost us only €14 ($18.60). We were located in Block 119 (that's on the second tier behind one of the goals). From there, we had a good view of the action. To attend such a big match which has everything and pay so little for a ticket means the return of investment is very high.

Extras    5

The tickets for the football match can be used as public transport ticket as well: up to three hours before and after the match, you can travel for free by tram, bus, or metro to the stadium. You can also book a stadium tour through the arena. The tour takes you to the stands, players' tunnel, dressing rooms and press room, and costs €8 ($10.60).

Another extra is that ESPRIT Arena is located less than 3 km away from the Düsseldorf-Airport. So, the arena can be easily reached by foreign supporters who want to attend an international match there.

Final Thoughts

It was a great day out in Düsseldorf. The stadium is great, and the match between these rivals was spectacular. We saw four goals (2-2) and a red card. Due to this result, Fortuna Düsseldorf reached the play-off finals. We enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and pyrotechnics a lot. When you have the opportunity to visit this derby, please do! But keep in mind that there are many bigger clubs and stadiums (like FC Schalke'04 and Borussia Dortmund) that can be visited in the Ruhr-area.

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Crowd Reviews

would be good when full

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

shame it was 3/4 empty when we visted but i always enjoy standing in the terracing and it was easy to get too.

quality of football on show was dire though.

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