Exterior view of Esprit Arena and Stadtbahnwagen B
|Former names||LTU Arena|
|Owner||City of Düsseldorf|
8 (event suites)
|Capacity||54,600 (9,917 standing)
|Field size||100 m × 70 m (330 ft × 230 ft)|
|Opened||September 10, 2004|
|Construction cost||€240 million|
Esprit Arena (stylized as 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).
International football matches
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 Portugal 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 sports 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. Esprit Arena hosted the Race of Champions 2010, with notable drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost and Sébastien Loeb.
The Esprit Arena was the host venue for boxing world heavyweight championship bouts: between Wladimir Klitschko and Eddie Chambers on 20 March 2010 (Klitschko won the bout by KO in the 12th round), Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck on 3 March 2012 (Klitschko won by KO in the 4th round), Wladimir Klitschko against Tyson Fury on 28 November 2015 (see Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury (Fury won by a unanimous points decision)).
German Singer Herbert Grönemeyer opened the arena with two concerts on January 7th and 8th, 2005 as conclusion of his Mensch-Tour. On June 8th, 2011 he returned with his Schiffsverkehr Tour.
The german rock band Die Toten Hosen, which is based in Düsseldorf, gave a total of three concerts in the arena. The first one on September 10th, 2005 as last concert of their Friss Oder Stirb Tour. They returned to the homeground of their favourite football team for two more concerts on October 11th and 12th, 2013 as final of their Krach der Republik Tour.
Phil Collins played the arena four times: First as a solo artist during his First Final Farewell Tour on November 12th and 13th, 2005 and then again with his band Genesis during their Turn It On Again Tour on June 26th and 27th, 2007.
Another german singer Marius Müller-Westernhagen played a concert at the arena on December 2nd, 2005.
Rolling Stones played the arena twice: First on August 12th, 2007 during the Bigger Bang Tour and the again on June 19th, 2014 as part of the 14 On Fire Tour.
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.
Coldplay played the arena on August 27th, 2009 as part of their Viva La Vida Tour.
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.
The Black Eyed Peas brought their The Beginning Tour to the arena on June 28th, 2011.
On July 25th, 2011 british pop band Take That performed in the arena with opening act Pet Shop Boys.
On June 18th, 2011 and September 6th, 2013 Roger Waters performed The Wall live at the arena.
On June 7th, 2014 german Singer Udo Lindenberg performed a concert.
On September 5th, 2015 the festival Rock im Sektor took place at the arena with concerts by Linkin Park, Broilers, Kraftclub and others.
Paul McCartney performed on May 28th, 2016 during his worldwide One On One tour.
On June 15th, 2016 Australian Rock-Band AC/DC will play the last European concert of their Rock Or Bust Tour at the arena.
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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