Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895 | Opening: 2004 | Capacity: 54,600 (9,917 standing)
History and description
The ESPRIT arena got built between 2002 and 2004. It replaced the old Rheinstadion.
The city of Düsseldorf had hoped that the arena would be used as a playing venue during the 2006 World Cup, but their bid got rejected. The total project costs, including surrounding infrastructure, amounted to €218 million.
The first match at the stadium, a league match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Union Berlin (2-0), was played on the 10th of September 2004. The stadium officially opened a few months later, on the 18th of January 2005, with a friendly match between Fortuna and Bayern Munich.
During the 2008-09 season, Bayer Leverkusen played half of their home matches at the ESPRIT arena while its own stadium, the BayArena, got redeveloped.
Until 2009 the stadium was named LTU Arena, but in 2009 a new sponsorship deal was agreed with clothing manufacturer Esprit.
The ESPRIT arena is located in the north of Düsseldorf on the banks of the river Rhine. It lies slightly more than 5 kilometres from Düsseldorf’s historic centre and almost 7 kilometres from the city’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). Düsseldorf International Airport is situated just north-east of the stadium.
If using public transport, one can reach the stadium with metro (U-bahn) line U78. Station ESPRIT arena/Messe Nord is the last stop on the line. The journey from Hauptbahnhof takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The train also passes station Heinrich-Heine-Allee, which lies near the old town.
The ESPRIT arena is located close to the A44 motorway that runs north of the city (and connects with several other motorways further east and west). Take exit 29 Messe/Arena. There are clear signs that guide you to the stadium.
Address: Arena Straße 1, 40474 Düsseldorf
Eat, drink, and sleep
The ESPRIT arena is located in a quiet area with little entertainment around. Düsseldorf’s old town, however, is filled with bars and only a 15-minute metro ride away.
If you wish to stay as close as possible to the ESPRIT Arena, you cannot get it any better than the Tulip Inn, which is housed inside the arena. The restaurant even has a view onto the pitch. The hotel is mainly focused on business travellers for the nearby conference centre and is accordingly priced. The FFFZ Hotel Tagungshaus is also located at walking distance of the arena and is somewhat cheaper.
There are some further hotels not far north of the stadium, which are nicely situated if you have to catch a flight from Düsseldorf Airport the day after the match. Hotel Destination 21 and Air Hotel Wartburg are some of the options. Click here for other hotels near the ESPRIT arena.
If you have a bit more time to spare, staying in Düsseldorf’s very fine city centre may be more enjoyable though. There is a wide range of hotels that come in all pricing categories.
Tickets for Fortuna Düsseldorf matches can be bought online, by phone +49 (0) 1805 633 337, at the Fan-Shop at the Paul-Janes-Stadion (Flinger Broich 87), or at the tourist offices at the Hauptbahnhof and the Marktplatz 6 in the historic centre .
A ticket for the standing terrace costs €13.00. Seats range in price from €17.00 for one at the upper corners to €46.00 for a central seat at the main stand.
The ESPRIT arena offers guided stadium tours that include access to the dressing rooms, VIP areas, press room, and players tunnel. The tours last about 90 minutes.
Tours run at irregular dates, usually on Sunday noon. For current dates check the website of the ESPRIT arena. Tours only leave if there is a minimum attendance of 10 people.
Reservations are required and can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +49 (0) 211 1598 1266. The tour costs €8.00.
Relevant Internet links
Fortuna-duesseldorf.de – Official website of Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895.
Espritarena.de – Official website of the ESPRIT arena.
Duesseldorf-tourismus.de – Düsseldorf tourist information.
VRR.de – Public transport information for the Rhine-Ruhr area.