RB Leipzig (Red Bull Arena)
Red Bull Arena
Address: Am Sportforum 3 Leipzig, Saxony
Telephone: +49 341 124 797 777
Fax: +49 341 124 797 100
Ticket Office: Tickets are available online
Pitch Size: 105m × 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Die Roten Bullen (The Red Bulls)
Year Ground Opened: 17 November 2004
Shirt Sponsors: Red Bull
The modern Red Bull Arena was opened in 2004 and was originally the home of FC Saschen Leipzig, who played there until 2009.
What is the Red Bull Arena capacity?
With a 47,069 capacity for league matches, it is the largest football stadium in east Germany.
The RB Arena – as it is known in UEFA competitions due to sponsorship regulations – is still connected to the old ground at the site, with bridges built over from the old Zentralstadion.
When did RB Leipzig move to the Red Bull Arena?
In July 2009, Red Bull took over the license of the small SSV Markranstädt team, who were immediately renamed RasenBallsport Leipzig (RB Leipzig).
This effectively new club immediately asked to move into the Zentralstadion and did so in March 2010, as the name was renamed the Red Bull Arena.
The roof of the stadium was also designed to make maximum noise for fans on matchday, with the floodlights integrated into the roof as well.
Outside the stadium, there has been a real push to make sure greenery and the plant life have not been neglected.
Red Bull Arena: 2006 World Cup and Euro 2024 host stadium
The Red Bull Arena is one of the more modern stadia in Germany, and has been used by the German national team on a few occasions. It was one of the venues chosen to host games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosting five games in total.
It is also one of the stadia that has been chosen to host games for the European Championships in the summer of 2024, with three games in the group stages and one Round of 16 game scheduled to take place at the venue.
Tickets for the stadium tour of the Red Bull Arena are available to purchase at the stadium and online.
There are usually three tours a day, which take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tour tickets are a reasonable price at €10.
The tour covers the club’s museum, pitchside views and the dressing rooms. At the end of the tour, guests are invited to visit the club shop.
Match day tickets can be purchased online or at the stadium. Depending on who RB Leipzig are playing, ticket availability can vary. Games against Bayern Munich, for example, will always sell out.
When tickets are available, prices can vary, too. Tickets in the PK1 area are priced at €55, while they start to go down via each area. PK2 is €49 standard, while kids can get a ticket for just €15 in this section.
The cheapest ticket you can purchase is in PK9, where you can buy a ticket at just €16, while kids tickets in this section are just €8
You can find these prices and purchase tickets here at RB Leipzig’s club website.
The Red Bull Arena is easily accessible from Leipzig’s city centre, with a wide range of transportation options available for football fans who are making the trip to the venue.
Located east of the city, it is only a 20-minute walk from there to the stadium. But if you don’t fancy the two-kilometre walk, then the tram can leave you only five minutes away from the stadium, leaving from the main railway station, Leipzig Hbf. Tram 3, 7 or 15 are the numbers you should look out for.
There is a lot of animosity towards RB Leipzig and their fans, as other German football fans see them as a ‘franchise’ and a club that has no history. The takeover of the club when they were in the lower leagues and their quick climb up to the Bundesliga, German football’s top tier, was seen as a bit of a cheat to many.
It is for that reason that there are strict controls at the stadium, with away fans advised to stay away from Sections B and D.
Away and neutral colours are only permitted in the away section, while the stadium is strictly cashless.
There is no designated car park for away fans, and there is limited spaces for everyone, so it advised to travel via public transport.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants to visit near the stadium and in the city of Leipzig. One of the closest ones is the Restaurant Taverna Hellas, while the Arena Sports Bar is also close by and is good to have a drink in before and after a game.
Other alternatives are the Bacco 36 restaurant and the Trattoria No.1 which a great places for a bite to eat.
As well as plenty of places to eat and drink, Leipzig has plenty of places to stay and at reasonable prices as well.
But if you are looking to stay close to the stadium and don’t fancy a long walk to and from your hotel, then the Hotel Arena City is perfect for visiting fans.
A little bit further afield but still in touching distance of the stadium, the La Casa Hotel is another great option, located in the heart of Leipzig city centre, it gives away fans a chance to take in the city whilst visiting Leipzig.
Record Attendance: 47,069 RB Leipzig 2–1 1. FC Union Berlin (20th April 2022, DFB-Pokal semi-final) | 47,069 RB Leipzig 3–5 FC Bayern Munich (30th July 2022, Super Cup)
Average Attendance: 34,566
There are facilities for the disabled in all sections of the stadium, for both home and away fans, with lifts available for wheelchair users and dedicated spots for those who need them.
To be able to use these, it is advised to contact the club before hand so they can plan before arrival and accommodate.
One could say that every opponent of RB Leipzig is a rival due to the level of hatred towards the manner in which the club was formed.
In recent years, they have developed a rivalry with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, simply because of their success on the field. In Leipzig’s first season in the Bundesliga, Dortmund fans boycotted going to the Red Bull Arena in protest to RB Leipzig’s ownership model. This has since added spice to this fixture.