Exterior view of Esprit Arena and Stadtbahnwagen B
|Former names||LTU Arena|
|Owner||City of Düsseldorf|
8 (event suites)
|Field size||100 m × 70 m (330 ft × 230 ft)|
|Opened||September 10, 2004|
|Construction cost||€240 million|
"Esprit Arena," known previously as the "LTU Arena" (until June 2009), and as the "Düsseldorf Arena" (during the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest), is a multi-functional football stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium holds 54,600 and has a closable roof. Its special heating system allows the stadium to host comfortable events at the height of winter.
Construction of the stadium began in 2002 and was completed in 2004. It was built to replace the former Rheinstadion at the same site near the river Rhine. The structure's initial seating capacity of 51,500 was expanded in summer 2010 when some seating areas were converted into standing terraces. The arena currently hosts association football team Fortuna Düsseldorf (currently in the second division, the 2. Bundesliga).
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
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. The stadium hosted World Bowl XIII and XIV. Espirit Arena hosted the Race of Champions 2010. The Espirit Arena was the host venue for boxing world heavyweight championship bouts between Wladimir Klitschko and Eddie Chambers on the 20th of March 2010; Klitschko won the bout by 12th round KO. On the 3rd of March 2012 Klitschko again defended his world heavyweight titles at the Espirit Arena against Jean Marc Mormeck; Klitschko won the bout by 4th round KO.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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|
toward Düsseldorf Hbf
|Eurovision Song Contest
Baku Crystal Hall
- Esprit Arena architect: JSK Architekten
- "Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895: ESPRIT arena" (in German). www2.fortuna-duesseldorf.de. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- "Neuer Namensgeber vorgestellt" (in German). www.ltuarena.de. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
- "Sieben Live-Shows beim Eurovision Song Contest" (in German). Der Westen. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
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