Opel Arena (stadium)

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Opel Arena
Eröffnungsfeier Coface Arena.JPG
Former namesCoface Arena (2011–2016)
LocationMainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Coordinates49°59′3″N 8°13′27″E / 49.98417°N 8.22417°E / 49.98417; 8.22417Coordinates: 49°59′3″N 8°13′27″E / 49.98417°N 8.22417°E / 49.98417; 8.22417
OwnerGrundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft der Stadt Mainz mbH (GVG)
Operator1. FSV Mainz 05 e.V.
Executive suites35[1]
Capacity34,000 (League Matches),[1]
27,000 (International Matches)[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground5 May 2009
Opened3 July 2011[1]
Construction cost€ 60 million
ArchitectDr. Axel Nixdorf, agn Niederberghaus & Partner[1]
Project managerhbm Stadien- und Sportstättenbau GmbH[1]
Main contractorsGrundstückverwaltungsgesellschaft Mainz GmbH[1]
Tenants
1. FSV Mainz 05 (2011–present)
Germany national football team (selected matches)

Opel Arena (stylised as OPEL ARENA; also known as the 1. FSV Mainz 05 Arena due to UEFA sponsorship regulations) is a multi-purpose stadium in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany that was opened in July 2011. It is used for football matches, and hosts the home matches of the German Bundesliga side Mainz 05.

The stadium has a capacity of 34,034 people, of which 19,700 seated, and replaces the Bruchweg stadium, Stadion am Bruchweg. The stadium was originally named Coface Arena (German pronunciation: [ˈkoːfas ʔaˌʁeːnaː]) after a sponsorship deal with COFACE. In July 2016, the stadium arrived at its current name, per a naming rights agreement with Opel.[2]

Opening[edit]

As a way to celebrate the opening of the new stadium, FSV Mainz 05 (and the Coface-Arena) hosted the Ligatotal! Cup 2011, a short pre-season tournament. They invited the champions Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV and Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund won the tournament, FSV Mainz 05 finished last, after losing to Bayern Munich in the third place play off.

The first league goal scored in the new arena was scored by Tunisian International Sami Allagui, for FSV Mainz 05 against Bayer Leverkusen, on 7 August 2011.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Unsere Arena". mainz05.de (in German). Mainz: 1. FSV Mainz 05 e. V. n.d.
  2. ^ Stadium in Mainz Renamed OPEL ARENA