Club: FC Augsburg | Opening: 2009 | Capacity: 30,660 (11,034 standing)
History and description
The WWK Arena, previously known as SGL Arena, replaced Augsburg’s old Rosenaustadion, which could not meet the demands of the club after they promoted to the 2. Bundesliga in 2006.
Building works started late 2007 and were completed by the summer of 2009. The WWK Arena officially opened on 26 July 2009 with a match between Augsburg and a selection of players from the region.
The arena came at a cost of €45 million. It is technically possible to further expand the stadium to a capacity of just under 50,000.
Until 2011, the stadium was called the Impuls Arena, following which it took on the sponsored name SGL Arena. This changed to WWK Arena in 2015 following a new sponsorship deal.
The WWK Arena counts a total of 1,700 business seats and a further 520 seats in VIP Lodges.
How to get to the WWK Arena
The WWK Arena is located in the south of the city of Augsburg, about 5.5 kilometres from Augsburg’s city centre and main railway station. The stadium lies just 1.5 kilometres away from the University of Augsburg campus.
The WWK Arena is situated right next to the Bundesstraße 17 motorway, which connects with the A8 (Munich-Stuttgart) further north. Take exit Stadion.
On matchdays, there is a special direct tram service from Augsburg’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) to the stadium. From two hours before the match trams leave about every 5 minutes for the 20-minute ride to stop Fußball-Arena. The journey is free of charge with a match ticket.
On non-matchdays take tram 13 from Moritzplatz (or Rathausplatz) in the city centre (a 5-minute walk from the rail station). Get the tram in the direction of Haunstatten West and get off at stop Landesamt für Umwelt. It is a 15-minute walk to the stadium from there.
Address: Bürgermeister-Ulrich-Straße 90, 86199 Augsburg
Eat, drink, and sleep near the WWK Arena
The WWK Arena is located on the edge of the city of Augsburg, surrounded on one side by farmlands, and on the other by a motorway, office buildings, and residential neighbourhoods. While you may find a local restaurant, there is little around in the area in terms of eating and drinking, which is therefore better done is Augsburg’s centre.
There would generally be little reason to stay right near the WWK Arena, but if you do look for a hotel close to the stadium, then Arthotel Ana Style is a good option. It’s a 30-minute walk to get from the hotel to the stadium. Otherwise, there’s a decent selection of hotels in and around Augsburg’s city centre.
Tickets for FC Augsburg matches can be bought online, at the club shop at the Bahnhofsstraße 7 (near the main rail station), or at the club shop at the stadium.
Augsburg typically sell out half of their home matches in a season, but for most matches tickets will be easily available if bought in advance.
Ticket prices range from €25.00 for a seat behind the goal to €45.00 for a seat at one of the long sides. Standing costs €14.00. Prices are increased for six top matches with €2.00 for standing and €4.00 for a seat.
You can find a seating plan here.
WWK Arena Stadium Tours
FC Augsburg organise guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, players tunnel, dugouts, press room, and VIP areas. The tours last about 60 minutes.
Tours only run occasionally, usually once a month on the weekend. For exact dates and times check the online contact form. Use the same form to make bookings or call +49 (0) 821 455 477 0.
The tour costs €5.00. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of the WWK Arena
Useful Internet links
FCAugsburg.de – Official website of FC Augsburg.
Augsburg-tourismus.de – Tourist information for the Augsburg area.
Stawa.de – Augsburg public transport information.
Trams take a good 20 minutes from the main station and stop another 10 minutes walk from the stadium. Augsburg seems to be pretty much shut on Saturdays – all shops including the Club Café near the station were closed when we were there in August 2015. There are plenty of cafes and bars around but we couldn’t find the traditional Bavarian beer hall we were looking for.
You can buy drinks at the ground but you have to get a club charge card to enable you to buy refreshments. I found a couple of kiosks selling merchandise but you have to search for them and they aren’t particularly big. There’s plenty of scope for commercial development I would say. There was a bit of a queue at the office where you pick up tickets bought on line so don’t arrive too late.
Quite a good atmosphere in the stadium – away fans get a thin slice in one corner, opposite the big home terrace.