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Betze or Betzenberg
Kaiserslautern 03.jpg
Former namesBetzenbergstadion (1920-1985)
LocationKaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Coordinates49°26′05″N 7°46′36″E / 49.43472°N 7.77667°E / 49.43472; 7.77667Coordinates: 49°26′05″N 7°46′36″E / 49.43472°N 7.77667°E / 49.43472; 7.77667
Public transitKaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof (Central station) or use Park-and-ride system
OwnerFritz-Walter-Stadion Kaiserslautern GmbH
Capacity49,780 (League matches),
47,500 (International matches)
Record attendance50,754 (6 May 2006 (2006-05-06) Bundesliga match 1. FC Kaiserslautern vs. FC Bayern Munich 1-1)
Field size105 x 68 m
Opened13 May 1920 (1920-05-13) (FV 1900 Kaiserslautern vs. FC Pfalz Ludwigshafen 0-2)
Renovated1932, 1945–1946, 1948, 1953, 1963, 1966, 1972–1973, 1978, 1986, 1993–1994, 1998, 2002–2005
ArchitectFolker Fiebiger
1. FC Kaiserslautern
Germany national football team (selected matches)

Fritz-Walter-Stadion (German pronunciation: [ˌfʁɪtsˈvaltɐˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn]) is the home to the 3. Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and is located in the city of Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It was one of the stadia used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is named after Fritz Walter, who played for the Kaiserslautern club throughout his career and was captain of the Germany national football team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup in the "Miracle of Bern". The Stadium was built on the Betzenberg hill, hence its nickname "Betze", and was opened in 1920.


Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern - empty
and full

In preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2006, the stadium underwent a 76,5 million Euro renovation beginning in 2002 that added a media center, installed a new floodlight system, and increased capacity from 38,500, of which 18,600 were standing, to 48,500, of which 16,363 are standing.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The following games were played at the stadium during the 2006 World Cup:

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Spectators
12 June 2006 15:00 Australia Australia 3–1 Japan Japan Group F 46,000
17 June 2006 21:00 Italy Italy 1–1 United States United States Group E 46,000
20 June 2006 21:00 Paraguay Paraguay 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Group B 46,000
23 June 2006 16:00 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 0–1 Spain Spain Group H 46,000
26 June 2006 17:00 Italy Italy 1–0 Australia Australia Round of 16 46,000


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Preceded by
Stadio Dino Manuzzi
UEFA Women's Euro
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Ullevaal Stadion