Commerzbank-Arena is a retractable roof sports stadium in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. Commonly known by its original name, Waldstadion, the stadium opened in 1925. The stadium has been upgraded several times since then; the most recent remodelling was its redevelopment as a football-only stadium in preparation for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup.
With a capacity of 51,500 spectators for league matches and 48,500 for American Football and International Football matches, it is among the ten largest football stadiums in Germany.
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Previously known as Waldstadion (Forest Stadium) it still bares its name among fans. After all, it still stands surrounded with trees. When built in 1925 it had numerous functions, not only the sporting ones (football pitch and athletics track were both in place). Between 2002 and 2005 all stands were demolished and then replaced with new construction worth some €150 million. Two-tiered stands hold over 50,000 fans in German games and slightly less when international rules (no standing room) apply. But the most characteristic feature is its retractable roof.
Away fans who make the trip to the Commerzbank Arena are housed within the stand located behind the eastern goal-end. Usually shared with some home supporters, the away fans usually occupy the southernmost section of the stadium through sections 20 in the lower tier and section 17-21 in the upper section. The stadium becomes a cauldron of noise on matchdays when both sets of supporter’s exchange chants. The out of town location set amongst a lush-green forestry background is easy on the eye and the architecture whilst not the most exciting, is very practical with the design permitting a good circulation of air and natural light onto both the concourses/stands and pitch.
The out of town Commerzbank Arena is located very close to both the A3 (Horizontal) and A5 (Vertical) motorways which means the stadium has good access from all points of the compass. There are three official car-parks located at the stadium: Parking A (Green) to the east, Parking B (Blue) north-east, and Parking C (Yellow) north-west.
As a German city, the public transport is very decent with your match ticket allowing you access to the trains, trams and buses in most cases. Frankfurt’s central location makes it one of the main transport’s hubs in Europe, meaning that it is very well connected both nationally and internationally speaking. Alternatively, on matchdays you can catch Tram 21 from the main station which also takes you to the Commerzbank-Arena with the Stadion stop being the final destination.
There are a decent number of watering holes located within Frankfurt centre including three popular ones (An Irish Pub, an Australian Bar and an English boozer). This being Germany, relaxed drinking at the stadium is of course an option and one which is most popular with supporters. Commerzbank Arena is located within a sports complex rather than a commercial shopping centre so there aren’t any restaurants nearby within the grounds. Of course, the stadium still sells your standard food and drink choices such as fries, pretzels, hot dogs (frankfurters) and of course pilsner beer, just don’t expect too many outside choices.
I have been to the Waldstadion once, this was for a Stadium tour.
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