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HDI Arena: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

It is a football stadium in Hanover, Germany. The HDI Arena was built between 1952 and 1954.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

It has a capacity for 48,450 spectators. The HDI Arena was built in 1952 and was originally known as the AWD Arena. It first opened on the 26th of September 1954 and has a seating capacity of 48,450 people. The first match at the Niedersachsenstadion was played three weeks later. The ties between the national teams of West-Germany and France ended in a 1-3 victory for the guests. The stadium could initially hold 86,656 spectators.

The Niedersachsenstadion was built by the city of Hanover to host multiple sports, and it is only from 1958 that Hannover 96 started using the stadium for their most important home matches.

Their regular home remained Eilenriedestadion until the club made the permanent move to the Niedersachsenstadion in 1964.

Shortly after, the stadium got selected as a playing venue for the 1974 World Cup and underwent extensive renovation work, including the construction of a roof that covered part of the stands.

During the World Cup, the stadium in Niedersachsenstadt hosted two matches in the first group stage and another two in the second group stage. Notably, the match between Brazil and Argentina (2-1) was played there.

Fourteen years later, the stadium was again chosen as a playing venue for a major tournament. During that tournament, it hosted two first round group matches.

In 2002, the stadium changed its name to AWD Arena as a result of a sponsorship deal. Soon after, works started on a new round of redevelopments to prepare the stadium for hosting matches during the 2006 World Cup. The $66 million modernisation plans involved the almost complete rebuilding of the stadium and the installation of a new roof. Works were completed in early 2005.

During the World Cup, the AWD Arena hosted four group matches and the quarter-final between France and Spain.

In 2013, the AWD Arena changed names again following the takeover and renaming of insurance firm AWD by Swiss Life. The new naming sponsor was another insurance firm, HDI Gruppe, resulting in the name HDI Arena.

(photos of the present HDI Arena below)

How to get to the HDI Arena

The HDI Arena is located about 1.5 kilometers (2 miles) south of Hanover's city center. The walk from the main rail station takes 5 to 10 minutes longer. The stadium can be reached by commuter rail (S-Bahn). The stadium is served by line S3, S7, S9, and S17, which all pass through the center (Kröpcke or Thielenplatz) and the rail station (Hauptbahnhof). You can get off at either station Waterloo (S3, S7, and S9), or at station Stadionbrücke (S3, S7, and S17). Both stations lie a 5 to 10-minute walk away from the stadium.

Alternatively, if you are travelling on bus 100 or 200, get off at stop HDI Arena (AWD Arena).

Address: Robert-Enke-Straße 3, 30169 Hannover

Eat, drink, and sleep near the HDI Arena

The HDI Arena is located in a pleasant area that is surrounded by other sports facilities, parks, and the Schützenplatz Hannover, a large fairground. Alternatively, there are several restaurants and bars in the broader area.

If you are looking for a hotel near the Hannover Messe Stadium, the Courtyard by Marriott Hannover Maschsee will likely be your best option. However, if you are on a tighter budget, the Hotel Ahrberg Viertel is an option just west of the stadium.

A hotel on the southern edge of the city centre is a great choice if you want to be close to the stadium. It's about 10 minutes walking distance, so you'll be able to get to your game easily.

Looking for a hotel near Hanover's HDI Arena? You can find many hotels in the city centre on our website.

Hannover Tickets

Tickets for Hannover 96 matches can be bought online, by phone +49 (0) 1805 1896 00, at the Fanshop at the HDI Arena, at the Fanshop at the Rathenaustraße 21 in Hanover's city centre, or at one of the other authorised sales points. If tickets remain available, the tickets can be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match. In Bundesliga matches, Hannover typically sell out half of their league matches, but in local derbies they only sell out a fraction.

Tickets start at $20 for a seat behind the goal and go up to $40 for a centrally located seat in the main stand. Standing costs $12.

You can find a seating plan here.

Stadium tours

Hannover 96 organize guided stadium tours of the HDI Arena that include the VIP areas, mixed zone, and press room. The tours last between seventy and ninety minutes. The tours typically only run a few times a month. You can check the official website for the current schedule and to book online. Email [email protected] or call +49 (0) 511 96900 400 for more information.

The tour costs ?7.00.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Hannover 96 is, which also has an online presence for the HDI Arena, This site provides information about the city of Hannover and public transport, including schedules and maps.

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