Veltins-Arena Germany Germany, Gelsenkirchen

Veltins-Arena Tourist Map

Veltins-Arena

Veltins-Arena (German pronunciation) is a football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It opened in 2001, as the new home ground for German Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04. It hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final and 5 matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including a quarter-final. It has a league capacity of 62,271 (standing and seated) and an international capacity of 54,740 (seated only). The stadium has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. The naming rights to the stadium were sold on 1 July 2005 to the German brewery Veltins.