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Host city focus: Stuttgart Euro 2024 fixtures, stadium and more

Our latest host city focus ahead of Euro 2024 is the beautiful city of Stuttgart in southwest Germany.

Although Stuttgart's main football team, VFB Stuttgart, have struggled in recent seasons, they have enjoyed a resurgence in the Bundesliga this campaign and are set to be back in the Champions League next season. The city has caught football fever again and its stadium – the MHPArena – is ready to host plenty of international action this summer.

The MHPArena is far from the most recognisable stadium in Germany but if you want to learn more then you're in the right place.

Here is everything you need to know about the stadium and the city of Stuttgart.

Host city focus Stuttgart
 Photo by Icon Sport

Stuttgart Euro 2024: What to expect

Key Stuttgart Euro 2024 stadium facts

  • Name: MHPArena
  • Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Year Opened: 1933
  • Home team: VFB Stuttgart
  • Capacity: 60,449 (54,906 for international and European matches)

A brief history of the MHPArena

The MHPArena has a dark history, that stretches back to the 1920s. It was built under the title of “Stuttgarter Kampfbahn”, however, that all changed in 1933 when the leader of Germany at the time, Adolf Hitler, insisted on the stadium being named after him.

The stadium was therefore known as the Adolf-Hitler-Kampfbahn until the end of World War Two, at which point it was taken over by US troops. Instead of demolishing the stadium, they turned it into a baseball arena and renamed it Century Stadium.

After the troops went back home, the stadium reverted back to a football stadium and was renamed the Neckarstadion and its capacity was increased to 100,000.

Around 20 years later, the MHPArena was selected to host 1974 World Cup fixtures and renovation work took place which reduced its capacity to 70,500. Twenty years later, seating was installed and the iconic roof was fitted in a string of significant renovations.

In 2008, the capacity was cut further to 41,000, however, in 20211 two new stands were built as the running track was removed which raised the capacity to 60,000. The latest renovation work came in June 2022 when the lower tier of the Main Stand was demolished for reconstruction.

The stadium was known as the Mercedes-Benz Arena since 2008, however, it was renamed the MHPArena in 2023.

MHPArena
The MHPArena has come a long way since the 1930s – Photo by Icon Sport

How many games will the MHPArena host at Euro 2024?

The stadium will host a total of five matches with the majority coming in the group stages. Suttgart's Euro 2024 fixtures are as follows (all times are local):

Group Stage

16/06: Slovenia vs Denmark (18:00)
19/06
: Germany vs Hungary (18:00)
23/06
: Scotland vs Hungary (21:00)
26/06
: Ukraine vs Belgium (18:00) 

Quarter-final

05/07: Quarter-final (18:00)

Rules at MHPArena for Stuttgart Euro 2024

Rules in place at the MHParena during Euro 2024:

  • No bags larger than A4 size.
  • Only power banks the same size or smaller than your phone will be permitted.
  • Valid ID must be shown
  • No professional camera and can umbrellas.
  • No smoking or vaping.

Matchday travel for Stuttgart Euro 2024

Euro 2024 organisers are trying to make the tournament the greenest European Championship of all time and are urging all supporters to use public transport to attend matches. This is certainly achievable in Germany given the efficiency and reliability of their transport system.

To help with this, organisers have stated that anyone with a match ticket is entitled to a 36-hour travel pass at no additional cost for the entire VSS network. This 36-hour period begins at 06:00 local time on match day and ends at 18:00 the following day.

Getting to Stuttgart from other parts of Germany is very easy. It's on the same line as Munich, Dortmund, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg so it's a well-connected city across Germany.

Stuttgart Central Station is located in the heart of the city centre which makes it a great hub for getting to places. It's 4.5km from the stadium so walking isn't out of the equation although it will take close to an hour.

Via public transport, fans can take the S-Bahn (overground metro system) from Stuttgart Central Station using line S1 towards Kirchheim. Get off at Neckarpark and then take a short five-minute walk to the stadium.

Other key timings to make note of:

  • Central Station to Fan Zone – 10-15 mins by public transport.
  • Airport to stadium – 45 minutes by public transport.
  • Airport to central station – 30 minutes by public transport.
  • Fan Zone to stadium – 25-30 minutes by public transport.

Disabled facilities at MHPArena

The MHPArena, as well as all other host stadiums, are well equipped for disabled supporters. Parking spaces and permits were available to be requested during the ticket application process and these will be permitted closer to kick-off for each match.

Audio descriptive commentary is also available for supporters with vision impairments. This is available for supporters at all Euro 2024 stadiums.

Finally, there is a wheelchair loan service in place at the MHPArena. There will be several accessibility-dedicated volunteers on hand on match day to support any disabled fans with this.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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