Merkur Spiel-Arena: Fortuna Düsseldorf

Arena-Straße 1, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany
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The Merkur Spiel-Arena has been known by numerous different names over the years, not least of all because it was the host venue of the EuroVision Song Contest in 2011 and needed a simple name for that, becoming the Düsseldorf arena for the duration of the event. It is a multi-function venue, though it is best known as being where Fortuna Düsseldorf play their home matches in the 2. Bundesliga. It boasts a retractable roof, as well as a heating system that ensure that it is able to host events even during the height of the German winter.

For their part, Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e.V., better known as either Fortuna Düsseldorf or simply Düsseldorf, are a German football club that has enjoyed mixed success over the years. At the time of writing, they play their games in the second-tier in Germany, having been relegated from the top-flight at the end of the 2019-2020 season. They managed to win the German championship in 1933 but have failed to repeat that success since, with their most recent silverware that is of any note coming in 1980 when they won their second successive DFB-Pokal title. They made to the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1979, losing to Barcelona.


Merkur Spiel-Arena Stats
Year Opened2004
Average Attendance44,339
Pitch Size100 x 70 (1700)
Former NameLTU Arena, Esprit Arena
OwnerCity of Düsseldorf
Sponsor Merkur Spiel
Clubs HostedFortuna Düsseldorf, Germany national football team, Bayer Leverkusen, KFC Uerdingen
First FixtureFortuna Düsseldorf v Union Berlin (10/09/2004)
Fortuna Düsseldorf Stats
Year Founded1895
NicknameFlingeraner, Fortunen, Rheinländer
RivalsFC Köln, Rot-Weiss Essen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and Wuppertaler SV.
Previous StadiumsLichtplatz, Vennhauser Straße, Paul-Janes-Stadion, Rheinstadion
KitRed (Home) / White with Red (Away) / Black with Red (Third)
Training GroundSports training center
Shirt SponsorHenkel
Record GoalscorerPeter Meyer (139)
Record AppearancesGerd Zewe (538)

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Merkur Spiel-Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

The Merkur Spiel-Arena tends to follow the tradition of European venues, in the sense that it had a bowl-style layout. It is based over two main tiers, with hospitality sections breaking those tiers apart in some sections of the ground.

Fortuna Düsseldorf Ticket Prices

When it comes to German football, there tends to be a solid spread of ticket prices in order to ensure that everyone that wishes to attend can afford to do so. This means that Düsseldorf have some tickets that are really cheap, whilst others are decidedly expensive and in better locations. When it comes to events such as the Euros, ticket prices are decided upon by UEFA.

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Getting To Merkur Spiel-Arena

Train - If you’re hoping to get the train to the stadium then the good news is that you can do so directly from the the Altstadt. The stop to look out for is the Merkur-Spiel Arena / Messe Nord, so as long as you can remember where it is that you’re heading, you should be ok.

Bus - The reality is that the train is the best way to get to the stadium if you’re intent on using public transport, but if you’re determined to get a bus then the 722 will stop a short walk away from the venue.

Car - Sometimes it is nice to be able to make your own way to somewhere like a sports stadium, so the desire to drive might be too much for some to resist. With that in mind, those of you that wish to take your own car will want to head towards the north of Düsseldorf, with the stadium being about five kilometres outside the historic centre of the city, on the banks of the River Rhine.

By Air - Düsseldorf International Airport is to the north-east of the stadium, about ten minutes or so drive. In other words, it is the perfect place to fly into if you’re heading to the city for the specific purpose of watching a football match. Depending on what time kick-off is, you might even be able to fly home the same day.

Taxi - If you’re looking for the most straight-forward and convenient way of getting to the stadium, a taxi will provide you with just that. From the centre of Düsseldorf it will take about ten minutes, traffic dependant, and cost you in the region of €15.

Parking Near Merkur Spiel-Arena

If you want to drive to the stadium then you’ll need somewhere to park. Area P1 boasts more than 22,000 spaces, with the cost for Düsseldorf matches being about €5 per car.

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Merkur Spiel-Arena Hotels

H2 Hotel Düsseldorf Seestern - £80+

Emanuel-Luetze-Strasse 4, Düsseldorf, 40547
It is extremely unlikely that anyone reading this is going to be heading to Düsseldorf to watch a football match and take their dog with them, but the H2 is at least pet friendly. It offers breakfast included with the price of your stay, whilst free Wi-Fi makes it easier to get online whilst you’re there. There is a restaurant on-site and the hotel has good access to a railway station, with the stadium being about 15 minutes away in a car. More details.

Novotel Düsseldorf City West - £100+

Niederkasseler Lohweg 179, Düsseldorf, NW, 40547
Chain hotels are always a good idea when you’re in a foreign country, providing you with some things that you’ve experience elsewhere in order to make sure you don’t feel too out of your depth. On that front, the Novotel in Düsseldorf is a perfect option, located about ten minutes away from the stadium by car. It provides free Wi-Fi and there is a gym, should you want to keep up with your fitness regime whilst you’re there. More details.

Lindner Congress Hotel - £130+

Lütticher Straße 130, Düsseldorf, NW, 40547
Everyone has a different budget when they’re on holiday, which is why it is handy to know where about you come down on the likes of the cost of a hotel stay. For those of you with a little bit more money in your account, the Linder Congress Hotel promises a decent experience, with a buffet breakfast available as well as coffee and tea in a common room. There is a business centre as well as conference space and 15 meeting rooms here, telling you that it is probably as much to do with welcoming business people as it is about enjoying a holiday. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Merkur Spiel-Arena


Ackerstraße 47, 40233, Düsseldorf (+49 211 3885390)
If you fancy getting your fill of sports then you’re not going to go too far wrong by heading to somewhere called ‘LiVE SPORTSBAR’. It is actually more of a coffee shop than a bar, serving hot drinks and cakes alongside some alcohol. There is a pool table in a back room, should that be the sort of thing that interests you, whilst otherwise you’re going to want to pull up a chair with a good view of one of the several televisions dotted around, showing whatever live sport is on.

The Boston Bar

Hunsrückenstraße 20, 40213, Düsseldorf (+49 173 4160986 )
If it really is a bar that you fancy spending your time in then you’re not going to go too far wrong by heading to The Boston Bar. There is plenty of alcohol on offer, with steins of German lager a common purchase by the residents here. There are also a wealth of television screens around the place, ensuring that there is plenty of live sport on offer to all concerned.

The Irish Pub Bei Fatty - Fatty's

Hunsrückenstraße 13, 40213, Düsseldorf (+49 211 322174)
Sometimes when you’re in a foreign city, the best place to head when you want to get a drink, a bite to eat and watch some live sport is an Irish bar. The Irish Pub offers you exactly that, with German food complimenting Irish drinking options and scarves on the ceiling of various football clubs telling you exactly what to expect in terms of the live sport that is going to be put on the televisions in the venue. It isn’t the biggest pub in the world, but that just means that the atmosphere is great when there’s a match on.


The facilities at the Merkur Spiel-Arena are solid enough, with plenty of places to get food and drink and German efficiency ensuring that your time queuing is limited. It isn’t the most modern stadium in the world, but the heating system will ensure that you’re reasonably comfortable whenever it is that you’re attending an event.


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FIFA and UEFA both have one main requirement when it comes to the stadiums that they choose to host their tournaments, which is that there needs to be excellent hospitality areas that they can use to keep all of their officials and sponsors happy. The fact that the Merkur Spiel-Arena is one of the stadiums for the European Championship in 2024 tells you that the hospitality areas in the venue are very much up-to-scratch, else UEFA would never have allowed it to be selected.

Private Hire

As is common with the majority of sports stadiums around the world, the hospitality areas of the ground can be hired out from time to time for personal functions. What you need for your event will dictate which part of the ground it is that you’ll be directed towards in order to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. If you’re interested in private hire, it’s worth getting in touch with the club to discuss your needs with them.

Stadium Tours & Museum

You can enjoy a tour of the Merkur Spiel-Arena, which will take in all of the most exciting parts of the football ground. You can see the players’ tunnel, for example, where everyone lines up before the match, as well as the dressing rooms where the teams prepare before the match gets underway. You’ll also be taken into the hospitality areas, so you can see how the other half lives.

About Fortuna Düsseldorf

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Based in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, Fortuna Düsseldorf is a football club that was founded in 1895. Technically, that was when Turnverein Flingern, a gymnastics club, was formed, with Düsseldorfer Fußballklub Spielverein coming along in 1908 and FK Alemania being founded three years later. The two clubs merged in 1913 to create Düsseldorfer Fußball-Club Fortuna 1911, whilst six years later TV Flingem joined and Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna was created. It is fair to say, then, that the club’s history is a complex one, but by the 1920s it had progressed enough in order to win honours.

It has not been the most success filled existence for Düsseldorf, with just one German championship title to its name. That came at the end of the 1932-1933 season, with back-to-back DFB-Pokal titles coming in 1979 and 1980 providing a bit more cheer. In the modern era, the club was plying its trade in the Bundesliga until 2020, when they were relegated down to the 2. Bundesliga, which the club had won promotion out of at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign. The club played in the Intertoto Cup three times, as well as missing out on the European Cup Winners’ Cup when losing to Barcelona in 1979.

Merkur Spiel-Arena History

Merkur Spielarena, which tends to be stylised as the Merkur Spiel-Arena, was built between 2002 and 2004, opening in September of 2004 as a replacement for the Rheinstadion. The initially saying capacity of the ground was 51,500, but in 2010 that was extended when a seating area was converted into standing terraces. Though it wasn’t chosen as one of the venues when Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006, it has been used for a number of international games over the years. The first time this happened was in 2005, when Germany hosted Argentina in a match that finished up 2-2.

The stadium, which was known as the Espirit Arena for a time because of sponsorship, has been used as the venue for more than just football matches. For the final three seasons of the existence of Rhein Fire, an NFL Europe team, it was where their American football matches were played. It was also where Wladimir Klitschko and Eddie Chambers fought in 2010, as well as Klitschko’s fight against Tyson Fury in 2015. There have also been a wealth of music concerts held here, feating the likes of Phil Collins, The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.

Future Developments

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Whilst some general sprucing up is to be expected ahead of the 2024 European Championship, there are no major developments planned at the Merkur Spiel-Arena any time soon.

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