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Official Review by Jens Struefing, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Volkswagen Arena opened in 2002 with a capacity for 30,000 spectators. Before 2002, VfL Wolfsburg played in "VfL-Stadion am Elsterweg," a 60-year-old stadium with a capacity of just 21,600 spectators.
Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 for the local Volkswagen factory. The club has one Bundesliga title in its history, in 2009.
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There is a big variety of food available at Volkswagen Arena, but you only can pay with your Maestrocard or a special pre-paid Wolfsburg card you can buy in the stadium.
The variety can be found all over the stadium. At the normal concessions you will get sausage (if you like, with curry), French fries, burgers, schnitzel, or pretzels. But there are also stalls to buy fish or wraps - and the wraps are especially good, and cost only 4 Euro.
All sorts of soda are available including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, and normal water. Most of the time Veltins beer is available, but at some risky games you only get beer without alcohol. In winter, hot wine punch is offered.
Entering the stadium early you'll find everything you would like without waiting a long time. The wrap is great, especially when paired with a mug of beer.
Volkswagen Arena is a great stadium for watching soccer. You can sit anywhere and will have a great view of the whole game. It's a quite new stadium surrounded by a very nice park where you can sit in a great atmosphere before entering the arena. The whole area was built for the "Landesgartenshow 2004" in Wolfsburg, a kind of garden fair.
Volkswagen Arena is still quite new, and it's very clean. There are sounding walls behind each goal. Unfortunately the sound in the stadium is nearly horrible, especially in the very high seats under the arena's roof.
"Wolfi," Wolfsburg's mascot, gets around the arena before the match. Before getting in the stadium there are a lot of promotions by teams having giveaways for the fans.
Sitting wherever you like, you will get a good view. Because of a roof all over the stadium, there is no problem with sun or wind. The only problem is the sound - so you should not sit right under the roof.
Because of the garden area around the arena, Volkswagen Arena offers a lot of great places to sit and have a drink before entering the stadium. Because of the park there are no huge restaurants to visit in the immediate vicinity. Arriving to the arena is no problem - either by car or by bus, which you can get in front of the arena.
In Wolfsburg there is one big attraction - the "Volskwagen Autostadt" (Cartown) which is presented by Volkswagen, the biggest employer in the region.
Wolfsburg is quite a new town, and VfL Wolfsburg is a relatively new team and they have been playing in German Bundesliga since 1997. There is not much of a soccer tradition in Wolfsburg. Although the people love their team and are proud of the success, half of the spectators at German Supercup match in 2015 were fans of visiting Bayern.
Volkswagen Arena's capacity is about 30,000 spectators, and during the 2014-2015 season the club averaged 28,200 fans per game.
Getting to Volkswagen-Arena is very easy. But getting into the arena is much more difficult - you are not allowed to go around when entering your section.
Getting to the stadium by bus is a big opportunity to save some time. There are some places for "park and ride" and enter the stadium by bus.
There are many parking lots around the stadium where you don't have to pay, which is fantastic. The earlier you arrive, the better parking spot you can have for your car. Although the lots are free, there are a lot of guides showing you where to park your car. After the game you are able to leave the lot without any chaos.
Entering the stadium is no problem. There is no main entry and you have to enter at the section where you are seated. But if you know the gate (and there are a lot of signs around the arena), then it's no problem to enter at the right point.
Moving around before entering the arena is no problem, but if you are inside you only can stay in your section. The stadium is very clean, and especially the restrooms. Accessible seating is a huge section, and there are special seats available for blind persons with a guide commentating the whole game.
Going to Volkswagen Arena is a big experience. Prices for tickets are reasonable, and prices for food and drink are great, as well. Parking is free, as well a great program when arriving at the stadium.
Free parking, free program in a fantastic quality, merchandise all over the stadium, a special Kids Club for children between 3 and 12 ("Wolfis Club"), a special section in the arena only for families with children. Wolfsburg is a great place for every soccer fan.
Tours are also available for 8 Euro for nearly two hours. It's a fantastic experience. Looking around the cabins, seeing the VIP section, and going on the field (but not on the grass) - it is a very interesting time inside in the stadium.
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