Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Key facts

Club: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim | Opening: 2009 | Capacity: 30,150 (9,150 standing)

History and description

The WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena got build between May 2007 and January 2009. It replaced Hoffenheim’s old Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion, which could not offer appropriate facilities for Bundesliga football.

The Rhein-Neckar-Arena officially opened on 24 January 2009 with a friendly match between 1899 Hoffenheim and a selection of players from the Rhein-Neckar region.

How to get to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

The Rhein-Neckar-Arena is located in Sinsheim, a town located about 6 kilometres from Hoffenheim.

The stadium lies slightly more than 2 kilometres away from Sinsheim’s small historic town centre and the town’s main rail station. The walk should take less than half an hour.

Sinheim’s second station, Sinheim Museum/Arena, lies a 15-minute walk away from the stadium.

Both stations are served with direct regional trains from Heidelberg and, less frequently, Mannheim and Heilbronn. The journey from Heidelberg takes about half an hour. From there trains run to other parts of Germany.

On matchdays extra trains go, and shuttles run from both stations to the stadium.

The stadium lies right next to the A6 motorway. If arriving by car, take exit 33b Sinsheim-Süd.

Address: Dietmar-Hopp-Straße 1, 74889 Sinsheim

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

The Rhein-Neckar-Arena is located on an office park next to a motorway on the southern edge of the town of Sinsheim. While you may find some roadside fastfood near the arena, the area is little appealing so get your food and drinks in Sinsheim’s small town centre.

If you wish to stay in a hotel close to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, then Hotel Sinsheim is an excellent choice. It’s a short walk away from the arena. Alternatively, there are a few more hotels to choose from in Sinsheim. Many will travel in for the day though and stay in one of the nearby cities like Frankfurt or Stuttgart, or one of the picturesque nearby towns like Heidelberg.

Hoffenheim Tickets

Tickets for 1899 Hoffenheim games can be purchased online, at the Ticket-Shop at the stadium, or at one of the other sales points.

Hoffenheim’s attendances have been slowly dropping in recent seasons. The last season the club sold out about a third of their matches and tickets are generally easily available in pre-sale.

Hoffenheim have divided their home matches in three pricing categories, though the majority of matches fall into the cheapest category. These regular tickets range in prices from €20.00 for some sections behind the goal to €41.00 for a seat at the side opposite the main stand. Standing costs €12.00.

Prices get increased for the matches versus Dortmund, Gladbach, and Schalke. For these matches seat ranges from €29.00 to €55.00, whereas standing costs €17.00. Tickets for the Bayern game are even more expensive.

You can find a seating map here.

Rhein-Neckar-Arena stadium tours

Hoffenheim offer guided stadium tours around the Rhein-Neckar-Arena that last about 60 minutes.

Tours run every Saturday in the summer months and during the season on Saturdays when the club plays away from home. Tours leave every hour between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Bookings are not necessary as tickets can be bought on the spot in the Fanshop. The tour costs €5.00.

For more information email arenatour@achtzehn99.de.

Photos of the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Relevant Internet links

Achtzehn99.de – Official website of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Sinsheim.de – Sinsheim tourist information.
Bahn.de – Check train times and fares.