Esprit Arena

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Esprit Arena
Esprit Arena logo.svg
ESPRIT arena in Duesseldorf-Stockum, von Sueden.jpg
Exterior view of Esprit Arena and Stadtbahnwagen B
Former names LTU Arena
Location Düsseldorf, Germany
Coordinates 51°15′42″N 6°43′59″E / 51.26167°N 6.73306°E / 51.26167; 6.73306
Owner City of Düsseldorf
Executive suites 27
8 (event suites)
Capacity 54,600
66,500 (concerts)[1]
Field size 100 m × 70 m (330 ft × 230 ft)
Tenants
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Construction
Built 2002–2004
Opened September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10)
Construction cost 240 million
Architect JSK Architekten[2]
Website
espritarena.de

Esprit Arena (until June 2009: originally LTU Arena, during the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2011 Düsseldorf Arena) is a multi-functional football stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium holds 54,600[3] and has a closable roof. The special heating system allows comfortable events at the height of winter.

History[edit]

Aerial view of Messe Düsseldorf in District 5, showing the Esprit Arena (then named LTU Arena) on the far left

It was built from 2002 to 2004 to replace the former Rheinstadion at the same site near the river Rhine. The structure's initial capacity of 51,500 was expanded in summer 2010 when seating areas were converted into standing terraces. It hosts association football team Fortuna Düsseldorf (currently in the second division, the 2. Bundesliga).

International matches[edit]

While the Arena was not one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, it has hosted several international matches since it opened.

The first international match in the Arena was an international friendly between Germany and Argentina on 9 February 2005, ending in a 2-2 draw. On 7 February 2007, Germany played their second international friendly in the Arena, beating Switzerland 3-1. In their third international friendly in the Arena, on 11 February 2009, Germany suffered a 1-0 defeat to Norway.

The Arena also hosted two international friendlies of the Portuguese national football team. In Portugal's first international friendly in the Arena, on 1 March 2006, they recorded a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia. On 26 March 2008, Portugal played their second international friendly in the Arena, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Greece national football team.

Other sporting events[edit]

The stadium was the former home of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, an American football league. They were tenants half a year after it reopened to the end of the 2007 season. Espirit Arena hosted the Race of Champions 2010. Esprit Arena was the host stadium for the boxing bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Jean Marc Moreck on the 3rd of March 2012. The stadium also hosted the boxing bout between Wladimir Klitschko vs Eddie Chambers on the 20th of March 2010; Klitschko won the bout by 12th round KO.

Music events[edit]

Bon Jovi performed at the stadium on May 13, 2006 during their Have A Nice Day Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 47,862 people. The band performed at the stadium for the second time on July 13, 2011 during their Live 2011, in front of a sold out crowd of 43,625 people.

On June 16, 2008 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the arena as part of the Magic Tour.

Esprit Arena with Eurovision Song Contest 2011 wrapping

On New Year's Eve 2008, the dance music event Sensation was held with an attendance of over 15,000.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium six times: the first and the second were on January 20 and 21, 2006 during their Touring the Angel, in front of a total crowd of 90,000 people. The third and the fourth were on February 26 and 27, 2010 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a total crowd of 90,693 people. The fifth and the sixth were on July 3 and 5, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 87,308 people. The 2010 shows were recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe.

The arena has played host to music festivals, including Projekt Revolution.

Esprit Arena hosted the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in 2011.

Madonna played two concerts in 2006 and 2008 during her Confessions Tour and Sticky & Sweet Tour, respectively, at the venue.

Naming rights[edit]

The naming rights to the stadium are currently held by clothing manufacturer Esprit.[4]

Prior to July 2009, the German airline LTU held the naming rights.

Düsseldorf's mayor Dirk Elbers stated that, due to treaty obligations, the arena would lose its sponsor name and be renamed Düsseldorf Arena for the period of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 which was held there in May 2011.[5]

A panorama of Esprit Arena

Public transport[edit]

A train of the Düsseldorf Stadtbahn at Esprit Arena/Messe Nord station

Esprit Arena/Messe Nord is a terminus station of the Düsseldorf urban rail line 78, part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR).

Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn   Following station
Terminus U78
Preceded by
Telenor Arena
Bærum
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

2011
Succeeded by
Baku Crystal Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ espritarena.de
  2. ^ Esprit Arena architect: JSK Architekten
  3. ^ "Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895: ESPRIT arena" (in German). www2.fortuna-duesseldorf.de. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neuer Namensgeber vorgestellt" (in German). www.ltuarena.de. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sieben Live-Shows beim Eurovision Song Contest" (in German). Der Westen. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°15′42″N 6°43′59″E / 51.26167°N 6.73306°E / 51.26167; 6.73306