- Club name: VfB Stuttgart
- Ground name: Mercedes-Benz Arena
- Year ground opened: 1933
- Capacity: 60,449 (54,812 internationally)
- Web Site: http://www.vfb.de
The Mercedes-Benz Arena
Nowadays called the "Mercedes-Benz Arena" after the eponymous automobile manufacturer, the stadium was previously know as "Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion" after the automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler (1993-2008), "Neckarstadion" due to its location close to the river Neckar (1949-1993), "Century Stadium" during the post-war time (1945-1949) and in the beginning "Adolf-Hitler-Kampfbahn" after the infamous dictator (1933-1948). Even more often than it has changed name, the stadium has been renovated or modified, more than half a dozen times.
Today, one can still see that the Mercedes-Benz Arena was not planned as a pure football stadium, even though the race track has been removed and all of the stands have been rebuilt. The last renovation took place while the stadium was in use and after the west curve (Untertürkheimer Kurve) had been razed and rebuilt from 2009 to 2010 the east curve (Cannstatter Kurve) followed from 2010 to 2011. The whole stadium is now two-tiered, a massive improvement to the previously one-tiered layout as even the higher places are now much closer to the pitch. On the upper tier, there are breaks between each stand while the stadium is fully connected on the lower tier.
Stuttgart supporters are situated in the Cannstatter Kurve (west) of the stadium, the lower tier is standing space and can accomodate 8,100 spectators. The opposite (east) curve is the Untertürkheimer Kurve, both curves are named for the borough of Stuttgart that lies behind the curve. On one of the long sides is the main stand, on the opposite side the "EnBW Tribüne", named after the electric utilities company. Both stands are basically identical, with the exception of media seats and executive boxe. On the EnBW Tribüne, the seats spell "STUTTGART" in white on red.
How To Get There...
By Car & Where To Park
If you come by car, the address of the Mercedes-Benz Arena is "Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart, Deutschland".
There is a dynamic traffic management system that will guide you to appropriate parking spaces, however these tend to get very busy after the game, as does the whole area around the stadium, so going by car is not the best idea anyway. Many fans park on the other side of the river Neckar, for example in the Ulmer Straße, and then just take the short walk to the stadium. If you intend to do this, be prepared to park well in advance of the game.
By Public Transportation
Stuttgart has excellent public transportation and so you have different options: S-Bahn, underground, bus. I'll give you pointers to the two most popular methods to reach the stadium, via S-Bahn and underground. You can even take a scenic walk from the city center or the main station through Stuttgart's biggest park, the "Schlossgarten", however this is around 3 miles and will take you some time.
If you want to go to the stadium by S-Bahn, take any train of the S-Bahn "S1" towards "Plochingen" or "Kirchheim (Teck)", for example from the main station. Many fans exit at "Bad Cannstatt" and take a walk of around one mile to the stadium from there. You can, however, continue one stop further to "Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz)", which gives you a walk of about half a mile. The choice is yours.
If you want to go via underground, your best bet is to take the U11, a special underground line that only runs on match days. It leaves either from main station or any of the station on the "loop" in the inner city. From the stop "Neckarpark (Stadion) it is only a couple of minutes to the stadium, you can't miss it.
Tickets allow you to travel to and from the stadium from 3 hours prior to kick-off until end of business day inside the VVS (regional transport authority of Stuttgart, "Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart"), which includes underground, busses, S-Bahn and even some regional trains. If you don't have a ticket, a single ride from the inner city to the stadium is 2.60 €.
You can reach the stadium with a nice walk from either the city centre or the main station. Walking time from the main station should be about an hour, a bit more from the city centre.
From the main station, exit towards Schlossgarten and continue towards the Neckar with the rail tracks always on your left shoulder. Towards the Neckar, keep to the right of the park andcross the underground's tracks at the stop "Mineralbäder". Continue straight on, cross the Neckar over the König-Karl-Brücke and head straight on until the first street, Mercedesstraße.Turn right and head straight on until you reach the stadium.
These are normal ticket prices for Bundesliga matches, just for your orientation. Top games have slighty higher prices and prices are of course subject to change.
- Canstatter Kurve (west lower) - 15 €
- Cannstatter Kurve (west upper) - 20 €
- Untertürkheimer Kurve (east) - 25 €
- Opposite main stand - 44 €
- Main stand outer - 35€
- Main stand inner - 44€
- Main stand center - 55€
Last updated 13.12.2013
The Mercedes-Benz Arena is rarely sold out, exceptions are mostly the greatest rival in the south, Bayern München, and in recent years Borussia Dortmund. On might suppose that this is mainly due to the changeful performance of Stuttgart in the last years, however even in the 2006/07 season, in which Stuttgart won the Bundesliga, only four home games were sold out, among them the last three when it became clear that Stuttgart had a good shot at the title.
- Season 2010/11: 38,665 (64.0%)
- Season 2011/12: 55,153 (91.2%)
- Season 2012/13: 50,106 (82.9%)
Last updated 13.12.2013, Source: http://www.transfermarkt.de/