Arena Auf Schalke

  • Opened: (Gelsenkirchen, M√ľnster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Arena AufSchalke (currently known as Veltins-Arena (for sponsorship reasons) is a football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It opened on 13 August 2001, as the new home ground for Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04.

It hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final and five matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including a quarter-final. It has a capacity of 62,271 (standing and seated) for league matches and 54,740 (seated only) for international matches.
The stadium has a retractable roof and a retractable pitch. The naming rights to the stadium were sold on 1 July 2005 to German brewery Veltins.

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