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Schüco Arena

Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia

Home of the Arminia Bielefeld

3.6

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Schüco Arena (map it)
Melanchthonstraße 31a
Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia 33615
Germany


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Year Opened: 1926

Capacity: 27,300

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Schüco Arena, Home of DSC Arminia Bielefeld

When thinking of stadiums to visit in Germany within an hour of the Dutch border, you have a vast array of options, going from Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Koln to Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Dusseldorf and if you are interested, Essen, Muenster and Bielefeld are viable options.

DSC Arminia Bielefeld, as the club is officially named, dates back to 1905 and is the main tenant of Schüco Arena, hosting teams in the 2. Bundesliga (as of 2013-2014). The club is not known for having fierce rivalries with local clubs, but the Preussen Munster, Paderborn and VFL Bochum matches are of special interest to all fans. Check before you go which division they play and find the club that’s closest to them. It will be a fun match to watch!

The Schüco Arena dates back to the 1920s as it was originally built in 1926, but has since undergone several refurbishments and upgrades, with the latest addition being the newly built Osttribune.

The stadium was originally named ‘the Alm,’ the roots of this name being unknown and has ever since been referred to as ‘the Alm,’ only switching names due to a sponsor agreement with Schüco, dating back to 2004.

Since its opening, the stadium has undergone several extensions to its small capacity, the biggest one coming in the 1970s, which brought the capacity of the stadium to 30,000. With the latest addition, the change of standing to seating room (there’s still a part standing room, on the south side) and the latest Osttribune change to a healthy 27.300 of which 7.627 are standing room.

Schüco Arena has been host to several international matchups of the German Women’s National football team and has been the host stadium for games during the 2010 Women’s Football Championship.

3.6

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    3

The food and beverage selection at Schüco Arena is an absolute downer for this stadium. The concourse features two large concession stands, both offering the same kinds of food. Bratwurst (choice of two) for about €2,50, beer going for €3,00 (1/2 litre) and the serving of 'Bretzel' (large pretzel) and some smaller snacks. The soft drinks can be had for €2,50 with choice of Coke, Diet Coke and some others. Although the quality of the bratwurst is excellent, don't expect a food fest when entering this arena.

Atmosphere    3

Going to any German football arena, you will likely encounter similar sights in those arenas. Mostly, the atmosphere consists of two rivaling supporter groups singing and dancing for almost 90 minutes. The home team (if they are winning) will be strongly supporting their crowd, the away team will be singing anyway, because having to travel with your favourite team from north to south in Germany comes with passion!

So, for the Arminia atmosphere, Schüco Arena isn't as filled up as you might expect, which automatically lowers the overall atmosphere. If you are visiting, try to go during a game with one of their rivals, which will then bring out bigger crowds and enhance the atmosphere. Inside the stadium, especially on the concourse, the atmosphere is lacking (mainly due to the fact that it looks like a barely finished office space with no furniture in it).

There's a stadium speaker that will try to fire up the crowd, but it's hard to get people going, although the mascot, Lohmann (a bull), tries as hard as he can.

Neighborhood    4

The location of the Schüco Arena is a definite plus. It's located right in the heart of the Bielefeld town and is very easy to reach. The area directly around the stadium doesn't provide a very great variety of pubs, though some people just turn their front yard into a pop up beer garden (check out the Melanchthonstrasse for a nice one).

But as you walk a couple blocks, you will find some nice hole in the wall establishments, or find a nice place in the sun at the Siegfriedplatz. Expect beers prices to run from 2-3 euros, with typical German hospitality being a nice addition to your experience.

Fans    5

Fans of the DSC can be labeled as real fanatic supporters (standing on the south side stand), and the more casual supporter. Fans will get loud (especially the south side) before, during and after the game. Fans are involved as the fan base is pretty large and they will try to get the team moving by using a drum and clapping. Although they sing for 90 minutes, it is not as passionate as you might see at other German teams, or other teams in Europe.

If the team loses, fans will be disappointed and it will show, both verbally and with body language.

Access    4

Access to the stadium is very good, with the location being close to public transport (both trams, line 1 and 4) and the train station being located very close by; a 10 minute walk to the stadium entrance. Within the stadium, there are reserved areas for disabled people, with about 30 to 40 wheelchair spots available.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets run from €13-€26, per ticket on match day (if you buy upfront you can save 2 euros). Normally I'm not very harsh on return on investment, but you can watch a higher level of football (1. Bundesliga) for the same price, in a better atmosphere with more choices for food and pre-match drinking options. Although it is a fairly easy way to get tickets (getting tickets to Dortmund game for a reasonable price is almost impossible, but Koln, Essen, Dusseldorf are good other options).

Therefore, it's recommended you pick your games wisely when visiting Bielefeld, otherwise you might end up going home disappointed.

Extras    3

The stadium houses a very big fan shop, which is absolutely larger in size than you would expect of a club. The amount of different fan articles on display will make you wonder why this club isn't playing at a higher level and for more people in the stands.

Furthermore, you can see some nice murals at the South Side Stand, showing the love of supporters for the club.

You can also arrange for a stadium tour, taking you through the museum and even the stadium jail! Groups from 10 to 30 persons go for 50 euros, total, which is a steal.

Final Thoughts

All in all, it's good to be in Germany and visit a game. The atmosphere is friendly, the beer is good and if you are in to bratwurst, then you're in the money. If you only have one option to go, try to pick one that has a little more ROI and which is probably a rivalry match, but Bielefeld has its moments.

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