Club: 1. FC Nürnberg | Opening: 1928 | Capacity: 50,000 (13,229 standing)
History and description
Stadion Nürnberg, originally called Städtisches Stadion and also known as Frankenstadion, got built between 1926 and 1928, and could initially hold about 50,000 spectators.
The stadium was a project of local architect Otto Ernst Schweizer. Its most characteristic feature was its octagonal shape, which it has remained up to today and is the only of its kind in Germany
In the 1930s, the stadium and surroundings became an important rally ground of the Nazi Party and in particular the Hitler Youth. Directly after the War, the stadium then turned into a sports field used by the US Army.
Few football was played at the stadium in its first decades. 1. FC Nürnberg kept playing at their Spielstätte am Zabo ground, and only in 1963 made the move to the larger Städtisches Stadion.
In the next few years, the stadium got gradually expanded, resulting in a capacity of about 75,000 by 1971. The city of Nürnberg, however, passed on the chance to further modernise the stadium and become a host city of the 1974 World Cup.
Städtisches Stadion underwent a large redevelopment between 1987 and 1991, which included the construction of a roof, but also reduced capacity to just over 50,000. It got subsequently renamed Frankenstadion.
Frankenstadion got further renovated in 2004 and 2005 in preparation of the 2006 World Cup. During the World Cup, it hosted four group matches and the round of 16 match between Portugal and Holland (1-0).
Right after the World Cup the stadium got renamed again, this time to easyCredit-Stadion as a result of a sponsorship deal. This deal expired in 2012, after which a new deal resulted in Grundig Stadion, which ended in 2016, following which the stadium took on the name Stadion Nürnberg.
(photos of the present Stadion Nürnberg below)
How to get to Stadion Nurnberg
Grundig Stadion is located in the south-east of the city of Nürnberg in a green area of parks and other sports facilities. It lies just over 4 kilometres from Nürnberg’s main railway station, and a little more from the city’s old town.
If arriving from the A9 motorway, take exit 52 Fischbach and follow for Nürnberg Centrum. Continue on the B4 for about 6 kilometres until the crossing with the Hans-Kalb-Straße. Turn left (follow signs for Stadion ARENA). On matchdays electronic signs will guide you toward the stadium.
Alternatively, take exit 59 Nürnberg-Langwasser from the A6 motorway. Follow the Gleiwitzer Straße north until reaching the stadium.
If using public transport, take overground metro (S-bahn) line 2 from the main railway station. Get off at stop Frankenstadion. An alternative is tram 9.
From Nürnberg’s old town (the western side) one can take tram 6. Get off at stop Dutzendteich or Doku-Zentrum.
Address: Max-Morlock-Platz 1, 90471 Nürnberg
FC Nurnberg Tickets
Tickets for FC Nürnberg matches can be bought online, at the Service-Center at Stadion Nürnberg, at the Fan-Shop at the Ludwigstraße 46 (old town), or at the Fan-Shop at Nürnberg’s training ground (Valznerweiherstraße 200).
Expect to pay between €22.00 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal and €39.00 for a central seat at the main stand. A ticket for the standing areas costs €14.00.
For more information email email@example.com or call +49 (0) 911 21 73 333.
Stadion Nürnberg offers guided stadium tours that visit the VIP and press areas, control room, mixed zone, dressing rooms, and police cells. The tour lasts 75 minutes.
Tours run typically once a week: Thursday at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm. There are no stadium tours from November to March, though FC Nurnberg organise tours on the day of the match a few hours before kick-off.
Bookings are not required. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 (0) 911 81 86 235.
The tour costs €5.00.
Photos of Stadion Nurnberg
Relevant Internet links
FCN.de – Official website of 1. FC Nürnberg.
Grundig-stadion.de – Official website of Grundig Stadion.
Tourismus.nuernberg.de – Official website of the Nürnberg tourist centre.
VGN.de – Public transports information for the Nürnberg area.