Veltins Arena – FC Schalke 04 – Gelsenkirchen Germany
On 13 August 2001 a new age began for FC Schalke 04. At an inauguration ceremony full of atmosphere the Royal Blues ushered in the era of the VELTINS ARENA. The traditional German club had built itself a new home, a home that in terms of functionality and modernity represented a quantum leap, not only in comparison with its predecessor, the Park Stadium.
With its retractable pitch, closable roof, movable South Stand and videocube, the Arena immediately assumed the mantle of Europe’s most modern stadium. Hi-tech that ensures that football matches can be staged in front of 61,481 fans (and more than 70,000 for pop concerts) 365 days a year.
Yet the Arena has also built up an impressive reputation outside the realm of major events. Whether it’s a meeting or an anniversary, a congress or an office party, a registry office marriage or a church wedding, the ultra-modern venue with its elegant and cosy ambience is well placed to cope with any requirement. And so, observers soon come to realise what the extraordinary technology already suggests – the Arena AufSchalke is more than just a stadium.
Club — Fußball-Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04
Club Colours — Blue and White
League — Bundesliga
Nickname Schalke 04 — Die Königsblauen (The Royal Blues), Die Knappen (The Miners)
Founded — 4 may 1904
Stadium — Veltins Arena
Capacity — 61,673 for League Matches, 54,142 for International Matches
Opened — 2001
Address — Ernst-Kuzorra-Weg 1, 45891 Gelsenkirchen Germany
Website — FC Schalke 04
Location of Veltins Arena Stadium — the football ground is located in the north of Gelsenkirchen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The stadium is located close to the A2 Autobahn or motorway, which runs from Dortmund to Oberhausen, and around 7km from the city centre.
Nearest main train station — the closest railway station Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof.
To reach the stadium, take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen train station in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer as far as the “Veltins Arena” stop on Schumacher Strasse.
Gelsenkirchen main railway station is served mainly by regional (RE/RB) trains and not by long distance (ICE) Intercity Express trains. The city of Essen, which about 10 minutes away, and Dortmund, which is around 25 minutes away, are served by long distance German trains, as well Cologne Hbf and nearby hotels.
Nearest airport — the closest international airports (hotels) are Düsseldorf Airport, Dortmund Airport, Dusseldorf Weeze and Cologne Airport.