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

After the Second World War, it was renamed to Franz-Josef-Kampfbahn, in honour of the Austrian Emperor who had died in 1945. In 2005, the stadium was finally renamed back to Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Mercedes-Benz Arena was built between 1929 and 1933, and it opened on 26 July 1933 with the German Gymnastics Championships. At the time, it could hold about 35,000 spectators. Just two years later, the stadium was further expanded with wooden stands that had to be closed in 1938 due to safety regulations.

After the Second World War, the stadium was first changed to Century Stadium, and then in 1949 it was renamed Neckarstadion.

This was later increased to 180,000 places in 1972. Right after the Neckarstadion was properly expanded and reached a capacity of almost 100,000 places, it was later increased to 180,000 places in 1972.

In 1959, the stadium hosted the European Cup final between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims. A few years later, in 1962, Atlético Madrid beat Fiorentina 3-0 in the replay of that year's Cup Winner's Cup final.

In the early 1970s, Neckarstadion underwent extensive renovation in preparation for the 1974 World Cup. Works included reconstruction of the main stand and cover for the opposite side, reducing capacity to 70,500 places.

The 1974 World Cup saw three matches played at the stadium in the first group stage, with Sweden beating Poland 1-0 in the second.

In 1988, Neckarstadion hosted the European Cup final. The match between PSV Eindhoven and Benfica was won by the Dutch on penalties after having drawn 0-0 in regular time.

One month later, the stadium was one of the playing venues of the 1988 European Championships. It hosted one first round group match and the semi-final between the Soviet Union and Italy.

In 1996 a new scoreboard was installed in the north-west corner of the stadium.

At the same time, the stadium underwent a name change to Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, in line with financing from car manufacturer Daimler-Benz.

A next renovation took place in preparation for the 2006 World Cup, which involved reconstructing the upper tiers of Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadium.

At the World Cup, the stadium hosted six matches. These included four first round group matches, the round of 16 match between England and Ecuador (1-0), and the match for third place between Germany and Portugal (3-1).

At that time, the stadium had an athletics track and in 2008 the city of Stuttgart decided to convert it into a proper football stadium. The pitch was lowered, two new stands were built at the short ends, and the other stands extended closer to the pitch.

The stadium's capacity has now reached its total and at the same time, the name of the stadium has been changed to Mercedes-Benz Arena. The works were completed in the middle of 2011.

(photos of the present Mercedes-Benz Arena below)

How to get to the Mercedes-Benz Arena

The Mercedes-Benz Arena is located in the north-east of Stuttgart on the east bank of the river Neckar. It is about 4.5 kilometers from Stuttgart's city centre and main rail station. If you arrive by car from the motorways around Stuttgart, signs with a stadium symbol will direct you, via the B10 and B14, to the stadium.

If using public transport, take the S-Bahn line S1 from the main rail station (Hbf). Take the train in the direction of Kirchheim and get off at stop Neckarpark. From there it is a 5-minute walk to the stadium.

The Stadtbahn line U11 can bring you from the main rail station to the stadium (NeckarPark).

It is furthermore a walk of about 30 minutes to the stadium from Bad Cannstatt station, which is served by several S-Bahn and other train lines.

Address: Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart (Bad Cannstatt)

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Mercedes-Benz Arena

The Mercedes-Benz Arena is close to the river Neckar and some railroad tracks, and it's surrounded by other sports and event facilities, some light industry, and a few warehouses. There are a few places to eat and drink in the building adjacent to the stadium that also houses the Hilton Hotel, but otherwise there is not much directly around in terms of entertainment. There are plenty of places to eat or drink in nearby Bad Cannstatt, though.

If you want to stay closest to the arena, the Hilton Garden Inn NeckarPark is a good option. It’s located right across the stadium, but it’s more expensive than the Hotel Discovery.

Attimo Hotel Stuttgart, Motel One, and Hotel Geissler are all still located near Bad Cannstatt rail station. Additionally they each have more eating and drinking options around.

Are you looking for hotels near the Mercedes-Benz Arena? Or do you want to explore the options in Stuttgart's city centre? Then click here!

VfB Stuttgart Tickets

Tickets for VFB Stuttgart games can be bought online, or in person at the Mercedes-Benz Arena Fan-Center. The attendances of Stuttgart are amongst the highest in the Bundesliga, but the club only sell out about a third of their home matches and tickets are generally easily available if bought in advance.

Tickets for the game range from $25 for a seat at one of the curves to $55 for a central seat at the main stand. Standing costs $14.50. Prices are increased for high-profile matches.

You can find a seating plan here.

Mercedes-Benz Arena stadium tours

The Stuttgart stadium tour offers a variety of guided experiences, with the Fan-Tour being the most common. This 90-minute tour takes guests through the player's tunnel, dugouts, VIP areas, and press boxes. The tours last around one hour. Tours run multiple times per day. Check the VfB Stuttgart official website for the current schedule and make reservations, which are required. The tours last around one hour.

The tour costs ?11.00. Email [email protected] for more information.

Photos of the Mercedes-Benz-Arena

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Useful websites

The official website of VFB Stuttgart is vfb.de and the official tourist website for the Stuttgart region is stuttgart-tourist.de. VVS provides information on public transport in the Stuttgart region. The stadium tour was very in-depth and the guide was fantastic. Some real gems to pick up on were the window in the gents toilet, and what feature of this stadium did the Allianz Arena adopt and now pay VfB for? Well worth a visit!

Wonderful Stadium.

Did the stadium tour last year as we were in Stuttgart for Cannstatter Wasen.

The stadium tour was very in-depth and the guide was fantastic (she was also very good with her English, but in general the Germans are very hospitable with that).

Some interesting things to note. Why is there a window in the gents' toilet? And what feature of this stadium did the Allianz Arena adopt and now pay VfB for?

Well worth a visit.

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After the Second World War, it was renamed to Franz-Josef-Kampfbahn, in honour of the Austrian Emperor who had died in 1945. In 2005, the stadium was finally renamed back to Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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