Club: 1. FC Nürnberg | Opening: 1928 | Capacity: 50,000 (13,229 standing)
History and description
Max-Morlock-Stadion, originally called Städtisches Stadion and also known as Frankenstadion and Stadion Nürnberg, got built between 1926 and 1928. It 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 still has and makes it 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 was 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.
In 2017, the stadium was renamed Max-Morlock-Stadion after the former Nurnberg player following a crowdfunding campaign in corporation with the Consorsbank, which had secured the naming rights of the stadium.
(photos of the present Stadion Nürnberg below)
How to get to Max-Morlock-Stadion
Max-Morlock-Stadion is located in the south-east of the city of Nuremberg in a green area of parks and other sports facilities. It lies just over 4 kilometres from Nuremberg’s main railway station, and a little more from the city’s old town.
You can get to the stadium with overground metro (S-bahn) line 2 from the main railway station. Get off at stop Frankenstadion. An alternative is tram 9.
From Nuremberg’s old town (the western side) you can take tram 6. Get off at stop Dutzendteich or Doku-Zentrum.
Address: Max-Morlock-Platz 1, 90471 Nürnberg
Eat, drink, and sleep near Max-Morlock-Stadion
Max-Morlock-Stadion is part of an attractive area of parks, lakes, recreation facilities, and the city’s conference centre. The area is of particular historic interest because of its past as an important Nazi rally ground. The adjacent Zeppelinfeld is one of the remains from the era.
It is a pleasant area to spend time in, especially on a nice day. There are a few beer gardens on the edges of the park which are popular with fans for a drink. There are furthermore a few fast food restaurants on the other side of the S-Bahn station and pop-up stalls around the stadium for a quick bite.
There are a few hotels around the conference centre (Messe), which are at walking distance of Max-Morlock-Stadion, including ARVENA Hotel and a Mercure. The Ramada Parkhotel is also still at walking distance while closer to the old town centre.
FC Nurnberg Tickets
Tickets for FC Nürnberg matches can be bought online, at the Service-Center at Max-Morlock-Stadion, at the Fan-Shop at the Josephplatz 4 (old town), or at the Fan-Shop at Nürnberg’s training ground (Valznerweiherstraße 200).
Nurnberg’s attendances are amongst the highest in the 2. Bundesliga, but they don’t sell out more than one or two matches per season.
Expect to pay between €22.00 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal and €46.00 for a central seat at the main stand. A ticket for the standing areas costs €14.00.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 (0) 911 21 73 333.
Max-Morlock-Stadion 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 on Thursday late afternoon between April and October.
The tour costs €7.00.
Photos of Max-Morlock-Stadion
FCN.de – Official website of 1. FC Nürnberg.
Stadion-nurnberg.de – Official website of Max-Morlock-Stadion.
Tourismus.nuernberg.de – Official website of the Nuremberg tourist centre.
VGN.de – Public transports information for the Nuremberg area.