Merkur Spiel-Arena

54600 seats
Merkur Spiel-Arena
Official Stadium Name Merkur Spiel-Arena
Former Names Esprit Arena (2009-2018)
Düsseldorf Arena (2011)
LTU Arena (2009)
Alternative Names Merkur Spielarena
Inauguration Date 10/09/2004
Opening Game Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-0 Union Berlin
Opening Game Date 10/09/2004
Attendance Record
Record Match
Record Date
Renovations 2010
Design JSK Architekten
Cost €240 million
Owner City of Düsseldorf
Operator City of Düsseldorf
Tenants Fortuna Düsseldorf (2004-present)
KFC Uerdingen (2019-2020)
Bayer Leverkusen (2008-2009)
2. Bundesliga
Pitch Dimension 105x68 meters
Surface Grass

Location and Contacts

Continent Europe
City Düsseldorf
Address Arena-Straße 1, 40474 Düsseldorf
Coordinates 51°15′42″N - 6°43′59″E
Telephone +49 211 15981200
Website Official Website

In-Game Details

Category Real
Shadows Moderate
UT Quality Gold Common
Default Time 12:00
Camera Height 15
Camera Zoom 9
Customization Tifos
Stadium Themes
Home FIFA/FC Clubs Fortuna Düsseldorf
FIFA/FC Editions FC 24 | FC 25 | FIFA 20 | FIFA 21 | FIFA 22 | FIFA 23

In-Game Images

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In-Game Video

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Stadium History

Construction on the site of former Rheinstadion, just next to Rhine river, started in 2002. After two years a new stadium was ready. Created by JSK Architekten this venue was one of the first stadiums “wrapped” with mesh that simulates it being a cuboid, when in fact stands have rounded corners. Under one of the stands a rail terminus is located, making public transport very popular among citizens. There is also a hotel integrated into the stadium. Despite it being perceived as one of the most modern stadiums when opened (one of few retractable roofs then), the arena wasn’t listed as 2006 World Cup host venue.

Initial capacity was set at just over 52,000 seats, but after appeals from supporters of football side Fortuna some seats were converted to terracing. That raised capacity to 54,500 people at football and up to 66,000 during concerts.

Modern infrastructure and location within the city’s largest exhibition/event center makes the stadium very attractive not only to major tenant Fortuna, but also organizers of international games (5 friendlies by Germany and 2 by Portugal), American football events and numerous concerts, with one of most famous being Eurovision song contest from 2011.