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Merkur Spiel-Arena Tickets

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The Düsseldorf Arena is one of the ten stadiums to have been chosen by UEFA that will play host to games in Euro 2024.

One of the smallest stadiums at this summer’s tournament, the Düsseldorf Arena boasts a capacity of 47,000 but despite its relatively modest capacity, a special atmosphere can still be produced.

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Home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, the Euros is arriving at the perfect time with the team having just won promotion back to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2020. With the feeling amongst the locals at a high, those visiting the area to watch their nation in action should be in for a wonderful time.

Fortuna Düsseldorf has a rich history with the area, having been founded all the way back in 1895. However, it's fair to say that throughout its history, the club and its fans have experienced mixed fortunes.

No stranger to Germany's lower leagues, the greatest moments in the club's history came in the late 70s when the club won two successive German cups in 1978 and 1979 and reached the 1979 final of the European Cup Winners Cup, going on to lose 4-3 to Spanish giants Barcelona after extra time.

The Düsseldorf arena was built in 2004 and despite being over twenty years old, it is still one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. Boasting a retractable roof, games will be played this summer whatever the weather.

The stadium lies at the same location as the famous Rheinstadion, which was home to Fortuna for decades. Although Düsseldorf's latest stadium hasn't hosted premier European matches before, the Rheinstadion welcomed fans for Euro 1988.

Since the Düsseldorf Arena opened, it has become a hugely popular destination for music and some of the greatest acts in the world have performed at the stadium. Phil Collins, Bruce Springstein, AC/DC, Beyoncé, One Direction and Coldplay are just a select few, and due to its closed roof, the stadium even hosted the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest so it certainly is no stranger to hosting big events.

The Düsseldorf Arena Stands

The Düsseldorf Arena is a traditional stadium bowl that contains four stands: the North, South, East and West. The capacity for the tournament is set to be slightly lower than usual domestic games, which stands at around 54,000, due to the designated standing areas not being used in Euro matches.

Aesthetically, the stadium is beautiful to look at. Each of the four stands within the stadium holds fans in two tiers, with approximately 10,000 fans being seated within each stand.

The stadium contains bold architectural features but its main feature is its retractable roof. Used in the winter months during the football season and to host concerts, only in the event of extreme weather will the roof be closed throughout the duration of this summer's tournament.

For this summer’s tournament, there are three categories of tickets that UEFA has made available, the most expensive being Category 1, followed by Category 2 before the cheapest category which is Category 3.

Category 1 seats are available in the East and West stands and cover the majority of both tiers. Running alongside either side of the pitch, a good view should be had wherever you sit.

Category 2 seats are assigned to various different parts of the ground. There is a smattering of seats available in the upper tier behind each goal as well in the upper tiers of every corner of the ground. Despite sitting high in the stadium, you should have an unrestricted view wherever your seat is situated.

If a Category 3 seat is more to your choosing, these will be located at the top half of the North and South tiers. Despite being far removed from the action, you will still be enveloped in the general atmosphere.

Where is the best place to sit in the Dusseldorf Arena for atmosphere?

The most passionate fans usually sit in the North and South Stands of the stadium, making these the best places for the atmosphere. Located behind each goal, fans from either nation will be positioned there. With a party atmosphere guaranteed, a seat in either stand would be a terrific way to watch the game unfurl.

Tickets for both the North and South Stand will be covered by Category 2 and 3 pricing.

If I have a Category 3 ticket, will my view be restricted?

In some of the other stadiums that are hosting Euro 2024 games, you may experience a restricted view; however, if you have tickets for a Category 3 game at the Dusseldorf Arena, wherever you sit you will have a great view. Every seat in the stadium will guarantee an unrestricted view of the game.

What about VIP areas?

If you fancy watching a game at this summer's Euros at the Duüsseldorf Arena in style, there are plenty of VIP seats available.

Located adjacent the halfway line in both the North and South Stands, those wanting to watch the game in style can be wined and dined in one of three lounges, a skybox or an exclusive box. There is no shortage of space as up to twenty guests can be accommodated in any one of the Düsseldorf's Arena luxury boxes.

Can I get tickets to games at Euro 2024?

If you haven't already purchased tickets for any of the five Euro 2024 games due to be held at the Düsseldorf Arena, then securing your seat may be difficult.

The first sales of tickets took place in October 2023, with further sales taking place in December 2023 and then again in March and April 2024 for fans of qualified nations.

There is a small chance that as the tournament progresses, you may be able to get your hands on some resale tickets via UEFA's official resale portal. In order to have a chance of getting one of these resale tickets, you need to have a registered account with UEFA.

If tickets are available, you will need to be quick, as tickets are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there access for disabled users?

In order to have been chosen as a host stadium for Euro 2024, stadiums needed to ensure that fans who require special assistance or enhanced levels of accessibility can easily find their seats and be able to enjoy the game in comfort and that is one of the areas where the Dusseldorf arena comes into its own.

Reserved in blocks 1-8 and 24-28 are dedicated wheelchair seats which are positioned in the lower tiers of the ground. Those accompanying wheelchair users will be able to sit directly in front. A great view should be had by all.

Depending on where you sit, there is dedicated wheelchair entry access in the North-East and North-West entrances of the stadium where there are dedicated lifts that can take you to where you need to sit.

Dedicated toilets will be on the concourse just outside the area where all wheelchair-based seats are located.

What do I need to do in case of an emergency?

In the unlikely event of an emergency, please reach out to a first responder or volunteer for immediate assistance.

There will be a variety of support services, and response mechanisms will be in place at EURO 2024 to ensure all fans can enjoy their time at the stadium safely.

Can I still turn up without a ticket?

If you don't have a ticket for any one of the five matches that the Dusseldorf Arena is due to host this summer, then it is advised that you don't travel to the ground.

A great feature of tournaments such as Euro 2024 are the various fan parks and each city that is hosting games at this summer's tournament will have one.

In Düsseldorf's case, the Fan Zone Schauspielhaus is in the heart of the city and will overlook one of Düsseldorf's most famous buildings, the Schauspielhaus.

With a host of local food and beverages available, those watching in the fan zone should be in for a wonderful occasion.

Which games are being played here at Euro 2024?

Due to the top-class arena and vibrant city that Düsseldorf boasts, five matches are scheduled to take place there this summer. There will be three group games and two games in the knockout phase. The city's involvement in the tournament will end at the quarter-final stage.

The five games and the dates they are to be played are:

  • 17 June 2024 at 21:00: Austria vs France
  • 21 June 2024 at 15:00: Slovakia vs Ukraine
  • 24 June 2024 at 21:00: Albania vs Spain
  • 1 July 2024 at 18:00: Round of 16 match TBC
  • 6 July 2024 at 18:00: Quarter-final match TBC

What rules and restrictions do I need to know before entering?

As the tournament is hosted and organised by UEFA, fans need to be aware that the stadium rules may be slightly different to the regular Bundesliga season. Here are some of the most important rules to be aware of.

  • Bags larger than A4 size won't be allowed into the stadium.
    You can bring a small power bank, no larger than your phone.
  • A valid form of ID is required.
  • Professional cameras and cane umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium. However, you can bring a small, fully collapsible umbrella.
  • All EURO 2024 stadiums are smoke-free venues. Therefore, smoking, e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products are not allowed.

What is travel like to and from the stadium?

If you have a match ticket, you're entitled to a 36 Hour Travel Pass at no additional cost for the entire VRS and VRR networks, valid from 06:00 on matchday until 18:00 the following day.

As well as the sophisticated rail networks, there are an abundance of cycling and walking routes that lead to the stadium should you wish to travel to the game at a more leisurely pace.

If you are operating under a tight schedule, the airport is just twenty minutes away from the stadium, and all nearby train stations will require just a ten-minute walk.

Can I park at the stadium?

UEFA have advised that anybody looking to travel to a game in Düsseldorf does so via public travel. Unlike other stadiums, parking at the stadium is exceptionally limited and is only available to pre-booked cars.

If travelling to the game via car, you are advised to use many of the Park and Ride facilities that will be dotted throughout the city.

Dedicated accessible parking has been made available to wheelchair ticket holders.

Can I purchase food at the stadium?

Those looking for a quick bite will find plenty of options available at the stadium, with all food and drink concessions opening up to three hours before kick off.

Every kind of diet is catered for with traditional burgers and sausages being catered alongside vegetarian and vegan options. If you are feeling adventurous why not sample some of the local delicacies such as a Düsseldorfer Schweinebrötchen, an adaption of a traditional pork roll.

Beer can be consumed inside the stadium but a €3 deposit will be charged for the use of a reusable cup. Soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages are also readily available.

Where can I eat nearby?

If eating at the ground doesn't appeal, then there is no need to worry as there are plenty of food and drink options in close proximity to the stadium.

Situated half a mile from the ground is Pizzeria Lucky. A popular spot, pizzas can be ordered and consumed within the hour and can act as the perfect food before the game. Other quick options include various kebab houses and the popular Restaurant Haus am Rhein which serves up a variety of local dishes.

Please note that because Dusseldorf will be busy with fans, it would be wise to book a table at a restaurant in advance if you wish to visit one prior to a game.

Can I take food and drinks into the stadium?

No, you will not be allowed to take food or drinks into the stadium.

A small amount of baby food is permitted inside if you are attending with a baby, though it is generally not advisable to take babies into the stadium due to the noise that will be created.