Red Bull Arena (Leipzig): RB Leipzig

Am Sportforum 2, Leipzig, 4105, Germany
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RB Leipzig, otherwise known as RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., are one of the most controversial teams in world football. Formed in 2009 after the takeover of SSV Markranstädt, the team is co-owned by Dietrich Mateschitz who also owns the drinks company Red Bull. They have engaged in numerous underhand tricks to circumnavigate the rules and regulations that dominate German football, which we’ll look at in more detail further on in the article.

As for the Red Bull Arena, it’s fair to say that the stadium’s history is filled with fascinating tidbits. At the location where the current ground stands was once a stadium called the Zentralstadion, which opened in 1956. It gradually became more and more worn and in 1997 a decision was reached to build a brand new stadium within the grounds of the old one. It opened in 2004 and from then until 2007 it was used by FC Sachsen Leipzig as their home ground. RB Leipzig moved in in 2010 and have remained there since the club’s formation.

Stats

Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) Stats
Year Opened2004
Capacity42,959
Average Attendance41,385
Record Attendance43,348 (RB Leipzig v VfL Wolfsburg (2015))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameRB Arena
Former NameZentralstadion
OwnerMichael Kölmel
SponsorRed Bull
Clubs HostedRB Leipzig, FC Sachsen Leipzig
First FixtureFC Sachsen Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund (07/03/2004)
RB Leipzig Stats
Year Founded2009
NicknameDie Bullen (The Bulls), Die Roten Bullen (The Red Bulls)
Club MascotBulli (a bull)
RivalsBayern Munich
KitWhite & Red (Home) / Dark Blue & Yellow (Away) / Red (Third)
Shirt SponsorRed Bull
Team OwnerDietrich Mateschitz
Record GoalscorerYussuf Poulsen (31)
Record AppearancesDominik Kaiser / Yussuf Poulsen (63)

Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) Photos

Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Red Bull Arena contains two tiers, with the lower tier formed into a continuous bowl of seating. The upper tier only runs along the side of the pitch, however, and is replaced by a fan block behind one of the goals. The West Stand is the main stand in the stadium, with the players’ tunnel leading out to the dugouts. There’s also a row of executive boxes located in the upper tier.

RB Leipzig Ticket Prices

Prices for tickets in Germany tend to differ depending on where in the stadium you’d like to sit, as well as over other things such as your age and the opposition team that are coming to town. Tickets will tend to range from around €15 to in the region of €60, with a €20 increase for games against premium opposition like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

How To Get RB Leipzig Tickets

The very best place to go for tickets is the club’s official website. If the match is unlikely to sell out then you can get tickets from the Red Bull shop in the centre of Leipzig.

Getting To Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)

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Train - A train from London to Leipzig will take about ten hours to complete its journey. You’ll head to Brussels to begin with, where you’ll change for a train to Frankfurt. Once there you’ll change train station and go from Frankfurt Sud to Leipzig itself. In Leipzig there’s the light rail, with both Feuerbachstraße and Sportforum Süd stations being within walking distance of the ground.

Bus - The light rail really is the best way to get around Leipzig, so that’s the mode of transport you’ll want to keep your eye out for.

Car - If you’re hoping to drive to the stadium then the 87 is the main road that will take you the closest to the ground. The actual road that the Arena is on is the Am Sportforum, though.

By Air - Leipzig/Halle Airport is around twenty miles from the centre of Hamburg, with the closest one otherwise being Dresden Airport around 110 miles away.

Taxi - A taxi from Leipzig’s main train station out to the stadium will cost less than €10 and should take just over five minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)

There’s a car park near to the stadium and one underneath it, but they’re both reserved for VIP supporters. There are plenty of other parking areas around the place, though, so you won’t struggle for somewhere to leave the car if you’re hoping to drive.

Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) Hotels

Hotel Arena City, Leipzig - £60+

Waldstrasse 31-33, Leipzig, SN, 04105
Just a six minute walk from the Red Bull Arena is this riverfront hotel with plenty to recommend it. There’s a full-service spa with a sauna, a business centre and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. There’s a restaurant and a bar as well as a terraced area if you want to chill out a bit. For those of you in a car there’s also self-parking available.
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InterCityHotel Leipzig - £70+

Troendlinring 2, Leipzig, SN, 04105
About a mile away from the stadium is this four-star hotel with over 150 rooms. There’s a restaurant, a bar, Wi-Fi in the lobby and self-parking available if you’re a driver. There’s also a business centre and the ability to get breakfast in the morning if you’re hungry. For those that enjoy a bit of culture there’s a museum and the city’s old town hall both within a ten minute walk of the hotel. More details.

Innside by Meliá Leipzig - £80+

Troendlinring 2, Leipzig, SN, 04105
A mile away from the ground stands this four-star hotel with just under 200 rooms. It’s very much the place for those of you that like a more pleasant stay, as there’s a health club here that you can use as part of your stay. There’s also a conference centre, self-parking and a terrace area for if the weather’s nice. As with most top-class hotels, there’s both a restaurant and a bar within the hotel complex. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)

Champions Sports Bar

Brühl 33, 04109, Leipzig (+49 341 9653800)
Champions is an American style sports bar located inside the Leizig Marriott Hotel. It’s where you’ll be able to watch plenty of the best live sports whilst also chowing down on a burger, drinking beer or sipping on a cocktail. As well as three big screens with HD projectors there are also fourteen different flatscreens around the place, meaning you’ll never struggle for somewhere to watch the match from.

Kildare City Pub

Barfußgäßchen 5-7, 04109, Leipzig (+49 341 9839740)
Irish pubs are always a reliable place to head if you’re in a foreign city and hoping to catch some live sport. The Kildare City Pub in Leipzig is no exception, with a number of TVs dotted around the place for your viewing pleasure. There’s also a nice outdoor area for when the weather’s good and you want to chill out. As an Irish bar you can expect plenty of hospitality from the Emerald Isle, including top drinks and loads of excellent food.

Joseph Pub

Josephstraße 44-46, 04177, Leipzig (+49 341 4801651)
Joseph Pub in Leipzig is exactly what you want from a pub showing the sport. They specialise in football, so expect all of the biggest games from the Champions League, Premier League and Bundesliga to be shown live. It’s a lovely place to head with a decent drinks selection and a welcoming feel.

Hospitality

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RB Leipzig is a club based around the idea of being a business, so it’s no major surprise that they have exceptional hospitality options for those of you that like to watch games in style. From business seats through to lounges, private lodges through to executive areas, there’s not much you can desire about a hospitality experience that you won’t be able to find at the Red Bull Arena.

Private Hire

Business is one of the first things that the RB Leipzig owners thought about when forming the club, so you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of private hire options if you’re hoping to host a meeting or event in Leipzig.

Stadium Tours & Museum

From April through to September, which is considered to be the high season, guided tours are run from Wednesdays through to Saturdays at 2pm. From October to March you can do guided tours by request, as they’re not run regularly.

About RB Leipzig

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In 2009 the drinks company Red Bull purchased the playing rights of SSV Markranstädt, a fifth division side in Germany. They re-branded the team but German rules forbade them from naming it after the company, so they circumvented that rule by naming the club 'Lawn Ball Sport’. That translates into RasenBallSport in Germany, or RB for short. It wasn’t the last time that the co-owner of the club and Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, would cheat the rules of German football.

In Germany football clubs have a rule that gives power to the supporters by allowing them to become members. Should you wish to become a member of Bayern Munich, for example, you can do so for around €80. RB Leipzig made the cost of becoming a member of their club €800, pricing themselves out of most people’s pay grade. It’s why the side is known as 'the most hated club in Germany', with many supporters disliking the way its run. Whatever you may think of them, though, Red Bull completed their aim of getting them to the top tier of German football within eight years of taking over.

Red Bull Arena (Leipzig) History

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Zentralstadion opened its doors in 1956, offering room for around 100,000 supporters. That made it one of the biggest stadiums in Europe at the time, but its location in East Germany meant it was never likely to be considered one of the world’s best football grounds. Over the years it fell into disrepair and the city couldn’t afford to maintain it, so in 1997 the decision was made to build a state-of-the-art stadium within the ruins of the old one. It took four years to build it and there are numerous links to the old ground.

It was one of the only stadium from the former region of East Germany to host FIFA World Cup matches when the tournament was hosted in Germany in 2006. As well as four group games a last sixteen match was also held there. In between 2005 and 2007 the German Cup Final was also hosted by Red Bull Arena. Numerous Leipzig based sides have played their games within the ground, including FC Sachsen Leipzig, but it was empty by the end of the 2008-2009 season. That was why the decision was made for RB Leipzig to move in there once it was formed.

Future Developments

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Plans to develop the Red Bull Arena have been in the pipeline since 2014, with the aim being to expand it to have at least 55,000 seats. Those plans have been put on hold for the time being, though Red Bull’s presence in the Champions League for the 2017-2018 season will likely see them put back on the agenda.

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