Veltins-Arena

Orientation & Geography

Europe, Germany, Gelsenkirchen

Veltins-Arena (Originally Arena AufSchalke) is a football stadium, in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. It opened in 2001, as the new home ground for Bundesliga club Schalke 04. It hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League final and 5 matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including a quarter-final. It has a league capacity of 61,482 (standing and seated) and an international capacity of 53,951 (seated only). The naming rights to the stadium were sold on July 1, 2005 to the German brewery Veltins.