Club: RB Leipzig | Opening: 2004 | Capacity: 43,500 seats
History and description
The Red Bull Arena, until 2010 called Zentralstadion, was built between 2000 and 2004 with the perspective of the upcoming 2006 World Cup. The stadium got built on the site of the old Zentralstadion, which was completely demolished with just the green outer banks remaining.
The newly built arena opened in the summer of 2004. Total costs of the project had amounted to €90 million.
During the 2006 World Cup the stadium hosted four group matches and the round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico (2-1).
For a few years FC Sachsen Leipzig occupied the stadium, however poor attendances made them decide to move back to their old ground.
With the take-over of SVV Markranstädt by ambitious energy drink-maker Red Bull in 2010, the stadium has found a new occupant in RB Leipzig. At about the same time Red Bull bought the naming rights of the stadium for a period of 30 years.
The Red Bull Arena lies slightly east of Leipzig’s city centre and central railway station. The 2-kilometre walk should not take longer than 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take tram 3, 7, or 15 from the main railway station (Leipzig Hbf), which will bring you to the stadium in only 7 minutes. Get off at stop Sportforum.
If arriving by car, take exit 17 Leipzig-West from the A9 (which runs west of the city). Follow the B181 in the direction of the city. After about 10 kilometres turn left onto the Rückmarsdorfer Straße. Follow (with a slight left onto the Hans-Driesch-Straße) until, after the bridge, you reach the stadium.
Address: Am Sportforum 3, 04105 Leipzig
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Red Bull Arena is located in a mainly residential area. You may find the odd bar or restaurant in the adjacent neighbourhood, but you can just as well eat and drink in the nearby city centre. Most bars can be found in the old town and south of the centre along the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße.
Tickets for RB Leipzig matches can be bought at the stadium before the start of the match. Ticket counters will be opened from approximately 2.5 hours before kickoff.
Alternatively, one can buy tickets at the RB Leipzig club office at Neumarkt 29 in Leipzig’s city centre.
Tickets cost either €8.00 or €10.00.
The Red Bull Arena offers guided stadium tours that last about 60 minutes.
Between April and September tours run from Wednesday to Saturday at 4:00 pm. In March, October, and November tours run every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Tours in other months, or on other days, only run on request if a minimum of 10 people attend. Individuals can join a tour group if available.
Tours can be booked by phone +49 (0) 341 2341 123, or via the online form. The tour costs €11.00.
Relevant Internet links
Redbulls.com – Official website of RB Leipzig.
Sportforum-Leipzig.com – Official website of the Red Bull Arena.
Leipzig.de – Leipzig tourist information.
Lvb.de – Leipzig public transport information.