Hoffenheim (PreZero Arena – Rhein-Neckar-Arena)
PreZero Arena (Rhein-Neckar-Arena)
Address: Dietmar-Hopp-Straße 1, 74889 Sinsheim
Telephone: +49 7261 94930
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Club Nickname: Die Kraichgauer (From Kraichgau region), achtzehn99 (1899)
Year Ground Opened: 2009
Undersoil Heating: Yes
The stadium is known by traditional fans as the Rhein-Neckar-Arena and has been open since 24 January 2009. The cost of the stadium construction was €60 million, and the architects were Eheim Moebel and Sattler Europe.
Hoffenheim play their home matches at the PreZero Arena as they were forced out of their old stadium, the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion. The 6,350-capacity ground did not meet the Bundesliga stadium requirements, meaning Hoffenheim’s promotion to the first division in 2009 saw them move to the PreZero Arena.
There have been two main sponsors that have gained naming rights on the stadium. From 2011 to 2019, the stadium was called Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, which changed to the PreZero Arena in 2019.
The PreZero Arena has a capacity of 30,150 for Hoffenheim matches and 25,589 for international matches.
The 30,150 capacity for Hoffenheim matches includes 9,150 standing areas for supporters.
In addition to this, the PreZero Arena was the venue for the 2017 DEL Winter Game, which is an ice hockey game played outdoors every two years at a football stadium. The game was contested between Adler Mannheim and the Schwenningen Wild Wings.
There are regular tours at the PreZero Arena during the week. Tickets are available to buy for just €5 per person, however they must be bought from the fan shop at the stadium.
The tour includes access to changing rooms, press and dressing rooms and the tunnel to the pitch. Typically tours last around 60 minutes.
Matchday tickets can be purchased at the stadium in the Ticket Shop or on the Hoffenheim website.
Tickets go on sale to TSG Hoffenheim members before going on a general sale if the game hasn’t sold out. There are six price categories for every home game with the cheapest tickets available for €20 and the most expensive seats costing €44. There are standing areas also available for €14.
The number of tickets fans can buy for a single game depends on the opposition. For games against high profile opposition such as Bayern Munich, fans can buy two tickets. However, for other league and cup games, fans can buy eight tickets.
You can find this information and purchase tickets here at Hoffenheim’s club website.
If you are planning to use public transport to reach the stadium, there are two rail stations near the ground. The first is the main rail station in Sinsheim, which is just under a half an hour walk. Alternatively, you can stop at Sinsheim Museum/Arena, which is a 15-minute walk to the stadium. Hoffenheim state on their website that as well as the normal trains, Deutsche Bahn organise relief trains for fans on matchdays.
A shuttle bus service operates in both directions from the bus station Sinsheim Hauptbahhof (Elsenz) and the PreZero Arena (Sinsheim-Süd business park, Am Hummelberg). Tickets for matches at the PreZero Arena gives fans travel eligibility on buses, trams and trains on the Rhein-Neckar transport association (VRN) and the Heilbronner/Hohehloher/Haller Nahverkehrs GmbH (HNV).
The PreZero Arena is located near the A6 motorway and fans are advised to take exit 33b Sinsheim- Süd. There are many parking options near the stadium, including the Freibad car park (Schwimmbadweg), which offers free parking spaces and is located near the main Sinsheim train station. The Dr-Sieber Halle car park is also an option on matchdays, which is free before 2pm on Saturdays and €1 an hour after 2pm.
Spectators can park in public parking spaces at the stadium (P9-P11) and along Neulandstrasse (P12 to P15) on matchday.
Hoffenheim have an in-depth overview of how fans can travel to the stadium on matchday on their website. You can find this information here.
Away fans are located in the North-East section of the stadium in blocks G1-G2 and H1-H2.
Away buses park in the area parking Gästebusse, which is just behind the entrance to the away end.
Away fans have the choice of parking near the ground or public transport routes such as the bus or train. Fans can park near the stadium at the car park P15 (at the Car and Technology Museum), which is open to away fans on matchday and is a short walk to the away entrance. Parking costs €5.
It is worth noting that all payment types are available in the away section including cash, credit card and Apple Pay, etc.
Given that Sinsheim is a small town, and the stadium is located away from the centre, there are not loads of bars and restaurants to choose from. The best pubs are a 20-30 minute drive to the stadium, including 1st Pub, Sharkeys Deluxe and Palmbräu Gasse.
The stadium is close to a motorway retail park that offers a variety of fast-food options. This includes McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway as well as Asia City China-Restaurant, Restaurant Fandango and Pizza Kings Heimservice.
There are many options to stay near the PreZero Arena.
The nearest option is Hotel Sinsheim, which is a short walk to the stadium. Other options include the Hotel Gästehaus Sonne, Der Grüne Baum and Hotel Bär. All these hotels are located in the town of Sinsheim and travel to the stadium is easily accessible from all of them.
Geographically Hoffenheim’s main rivals are VfB Stuttgart with the game between the two sides coined as the ‘Baden-Württemberg derby’.
SC Freiburg are also considered rivals for Hoffenheim as Freiburg are located in the state of Baden Württemberg. SC Freiburg are unbeaten in the last five games against Hoffenheim in all competitions.
Karlsruher SC were a big rival for Hoffenheim, however the two sides have not played each other since 2009.
30,150 – TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 FC Cologne (3 April 2016, German Bundesliga)
There are 40 wheelchair spaces in the opposing stand, which are €14 including the accompanying person. The entrance is at the Southeast part of the ground.
Visually impaired fans are given nine places with an additional nine spots for the accompanying person at the same price as fans in the wheelchair spaces. As well as this there are 12 places in Block N for deaf fans.
The PreZero Arena also has four barrier-free toilets in the stadium, as well as two toilets in front of the stadium.
With a disabled person’s ID card bearing the mark “aG” disabled parking is accessible at the stadium.
There is an in-depth guide to the disability access and facilities here.