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Biggest football stadiums in Germany (Bundesliga) ranked by capacity – smallest to largest

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We rank the Biggest stadiums in the German Bundesliga by capacity from the smallest to the largest.

The Bundesliga, home to some of the biggest football clubs globally, has the bragging rights for the best football stadiums.

 

As the competition on the European football scene continues to heat, the Bundesliga is not left out of the trend and technology found in other top leagues on the continent.

 

In this article, we ranked every Bundesliga stadium in Germany capacity from the smallest to the largest.

To spice it up, you should also know that Germany also has some of the biggest, oldest and most modern football stadiums in the world right now, from the Allianz Arena to the Olympic stadium in Berlin.

 

Interesting facts

Who has the biggest stadium in the Bundesliga? Borussia Dortmund (The Signal Iduna Park) is the biggest football stadium in the Bundesliga, with a seating capacity of 81,365.

Which stadium is the biggest in Germany? The Westfalenstadion, commonly known as the Signal Iduna Park, is the biggest stadium in Germany, with Westfalenstadion 81,365.

More like a tradition, most German stadiums offer areas for standing spectators.

Biggest stadiums in Germany ranked by capacity

10. (Waldstadion) Deutsche Bank Park – 51,500

Deutsche bank park

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The Waldstadion, currently known as the Deutsche Bank Park for sponsorship purposes, is a retractable roof sports stadium and home Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga

 

The Waldstadion, which means Forest Stadium in English, was opened in 1925. Since then, it has hosted several football competitions like the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

As a multi-sports arena, it is suitable for football and American football franchise matches, and it is the tenth-largest in Germany with a capacity of 51,500 spectators.

The stadium features other modern sporting facilities, including a swimming pool, a tennis complex, a beach volleyball court and a winter sports hall. It is also suitable for music concerts.

 

9. Borussia-Park – 54,057

1024px Nordpark Stadion Borussia Monchengladbach

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The Borussia-Park serves as the home ground for Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. It is owned by Borussia Mönchengladbach and operated by Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach GmbH.

 

The stadium is famously known for its noise and chants from supporters backing the home team. It is one of the top intimidating venues in the Bundesliga.

 

On October 21 2021, the immense noise and intimidation was felt when Borussia Mönchengladbach thrashed Bayern Munich 5-0 and eliminated the giants from the 2021/22 DFB-Pokal.

 

Borussia-Park has a capacity of 54,057 (54,057 leagues and 46,249 for international matches). It is a football arena with advanced modern fittings that stand out.

The stadium features VIP lounges, a fan shop and a sports bar and is one of the most frequently visited football stadiums in Europe.

 

8. Merkur Spiel-Arena – 54,600

The Merkur Spielarena is a multi-functional football stadium that holds 54,600 and is one of the few arenas with a retractable roof in Germany.

Interestingly, the Merkur Spiel-Arena has a unique heating system that makes it suitable for events at the height of winter. It was opened in 2004.

As a multifunctional arena, it is has been a venue for football, NFL Europe (a subsidiary of the American football franchise), and boxing. It is also used for music concerts.

 

7. Volksparkstadion – 57,000

The Volksparkstadion is a football stadium in Hamburg, the home ground for famous German football club Hamburger SV.

With the exploits of Hamburger SV in the German football scene, the stadium became a centre of attraction worldwide. The club has occupied the stadium since its completion in 1953.

 

The Volksparkstadion is a UEFA Category 4 stadium. It has a seating capacity of 57,000 for domestic league matches and
51,500 for international competitions.

 

The stadium has hosted several football competitions like 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, the UEFA Euro in 1988, the 2010 and 2021 UEFA Europa League Finals.

 

6. Olympiastadion Munich – 69,250

The Olympiastadion München is a multi-sports stadium located in Munich. It is situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München. It has a seating capacity of 69,250.

It is one of the famous multi-sports stadiums in Germany which has hosted several sporting activities in Europe.

 

The Olympiastadion München hosted the 1974 FIFA World Cup, about four Champions League finals, including the European Cup era, athletics Championships and the summer Olympics.

 

The stadium features a multi-use arena for football, athletics, track and field events. It is also used for music concerts.

 

5. Mercedes-Benz Arena – 60,441

Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin Oktober 2021

Andreas Müller, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Mercedes-Benz Arena is the fifth largest stadium in Germany, located in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, and home to Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

 

Opened in 1933, it is a UEFA Category 4 stadium with a capacity of 60,441 for (league matches) and 54,906 for international competitions.

 

The stadium has hosted several international football competitions like the 2006 FIFA World Cup selected matches. Also, it has been used as a venue for other sporting activities like Athletics and American Football.

 

Apart from football, the Mercedes-Benz Arena is suitable for concerts and other social activities.

 

4. Veltins-Arena (Arena AufSchalke) – 62,221

Veltins arena 2016

Walter Koch, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Arena AufSchalke, currently known as Veltins-Arena for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the home ground for Schalke 04.

 

The Veltins-Arena indoor stadium is the fourth largest in Germany, with a capacity of Sixty-two thousand two hundred seventy-one for league matches and 54,740 for international competitions.

 

The Arena AufSchalke has been selected for major football competitions, including the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final and selected matches during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

 

Interestingly, The Veltins-Arena has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. It is also a UEFA Category 4 stadium.

 

It is a multi-functional arena of two tiers that surround the playing field. It has a retractable roof allowing for an opened or covered stadium, depending on weather and event.

 

Other facilities of the Veltins-Arena include VIP lounges, centrally suspended scoreboard, and catering facilities. It is also designed to host special events like concerts.

 

3. Olympiastadion Berlin – 74,475

The Olympiastadion is a sports stadium at Olympiapark Berlin in Berlin, home to German top-flight club Hertha BSC.

 

Opened in 1936, the Olympiastadion has a seating capacity of 74,475 and is the third-largest stadium in Germany behind the Fußball Arena München and the Westfalenstadion. It has a Field size of 105 × 68 m.

 

As a result of stadium capacity set for domestic and international matches, the Olympiastadion is the largest stadium in Germany for international football matches with 74,475 seats.

 

The design and layout make it stand out amongst the multi-sports stadiums across the world. It is often considered one of the world’s most prestigious venues for sporting and entertainment events.

 

The Olympiastadion is a UEFA category four stadium. It was selected as one of the venues for the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

 

2. Allianz Arena – 75,000

The Allianz Arena, known as Fußball Arena München, is a football stadium in Munich, Bavaria. It has a 70,000 seating capacity for international matches and 75,000 for domestic competitions.

 

Interestingly, “Allianz Arena” is the first stadium globally with full colour changing exterior using the inflated ETFE plastic panels. It is the second biggest in Germany behind Signal Iduna Park.

 

The Fußball Arena München has been home to Bundesliga and European giants Bayern Munich since 2005. The German Men’s National Team also uses it for selected matches.

 

The Arena Munich has been the venue for major football competitions like the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.

 

The stadium has a unique layout that includes a lower, upper tier and a standing room. It features Bayern Munich Museum, business seats, seats for the press, luxury boxes, four team locker rooms, etc.

 

Others features of the Arena Munich includes three-day-care centres FC Bayern Munich Megastore. And restaurants and fast-food establishments located around the stadium.

 

1. Westfalenstadion (Signal Iduna Park) – 81,365

Signal Iduna Park new sign

Dmitrij Rodionov, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Westfalenstadion is officially called Signal Iduna Park for sponsorship reasons, and BVB Stadion Dortmund is the biggest stadium in Germany with a capacity of 81,365.

 

The Signal Iduna Park is a football-only stadium that is the home of Borussia Dortmund. It is two of the biggest in Germany top flight along with the Allianz Arena that constantly attracts the highest matchday attendance.

 

The Signal Iduna Park, renowned for its atmosphere, has consistently fall into the category as one of the most entertaining, thrilling and most friendly Stadiums across the European continent. It is often called the “Yellow Wall”.

 

The BVB Arena has hosted major football competitions, including the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. It is UEFA Category 4 stadium.

 

The stadium has the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football, which is known as the South Bank (Südtribüne) 24,454 capacity.

 

The Westfalenstadion has four roofed grandstands. It is also home to the Borusseum, the museum of Borussia Dortmund, located in the northeast part of the stadium.

 

Ranking the Bundesliga stadiums

  • Signal Iduna Park 81,359
  • Allianz Arena 75,024
  • Olympiastadion 74,400
  • Mercedes-Benz Arena 60,449
  • Borussia-Park 54,022
  • Deutsche Bank Park 51,500
  • RheinEnergieStadion 50,997
  • Red Bull Arena 42,558
  • SC-Stadion 34,700
  • Opel Arena 34,000
  • WWK Arena 30,660
  • BayArena 30,210
  • PreZero Arena 30,150
  • Volkswagen Arena 30,000
  • Vonovia Ruhrstadion 27,599
  • SchücoArena 26,515
  • A der Alten Försterei 22,012
  • Sportpark Ronhof | Thomas Sommer 18,000

Famous German football teams and their stadiums

  • Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is the most successful team in German football history, having won a record 31 national titles, including 8 Bundesliga titles in a row since 2013. Bayern Munich has also won 20 national cups (DFB POKAL CUP).

 

In 2020, Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and the DFB POKAL.

 

  • Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund has won over eight league titles, four DFB-Pokals, one UEFA Champions League, one Intercontinental Cup as well as one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

 

  • Sportverein Werder Bremen

SV Weder Bremen was founded on 4 February 1899. Werder holds the record for most seasons played in the German Bundesliga. They are also ranked third in the all-time Bundesliga table, behind Bayern Munich.

  • Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach has won over five German Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals, and two UEFA Europa League titles in the past.

  • Fußballclub Schalke 04

FC Schalke 04 is a professional German football originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The “04” in the club’s name derives from its formation in 1904.

  • Hamburger SV

Hamburger SV is one of the most successful teams in German football. The club has won the German national championship six times, the DFB-Pokal three times and the League Cup twice.

 

Hamburg’s most successful period was from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s when. The club won the 1982–83 European Cup, the UEFA Champions League.

 

Wrapping up

Germany has one of the largest stadiums in the world. This is as a result of the level of competition across the European continent.

 

Today, Germany has a considerable number of UEFA Category 4 stadiums. Some of the largest stadiums in Germany are Signal Iduna Park, Allianz Arena, Veltins-Arena, etc.

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