Volkswagen Arena information

The Volkswagen Arena has been the Wolves’ home since 2002. It has a capacity of 30,000, including 1,434 business seats, 31 VIP lounges and approximately 100 spaces for disabled supporters. The arena is also capable of hosting all kinds of functions and events.

Facts and figures

Stadium operator: VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH
Owner: Wolfsburg AG
Start of construction: May 2001
Topping-out ceremony: 8 May 2002
Official opening: 13 December 2002
Total project cost: € 53,000,000
Stadium surface area: ca. 28,000 m²
Plot size: ca. 115,000 m²
Structure: Two-tier stadium with a surrounding promenade
Capacity: 30,000, including 22,000 seats and 8,000 adjustable standing seats, which can be turned into 4,000 seats for European and international fixtures
VIP/hospitality: 31 lounges with a total capacity of 332, including a corresponding number of outside seats. The SKYLOUNGE has its own catering facilities and offers space for up to 56 people, including 42 outside seats and 28 standing places. 1,434 business seats all have easy access to catering facilities (incl. seven spaces for wheelchair users and a carer)
Guest of honour area: Space for 198 people with separate access to catering facilities
Media: ca. 200 press seats for TV, radio and written media in the main stand
Disabled facilities: Space for 80 wheelchair users and a carer, including easy access to bathroom facilities. 16 seats for visually impaired supporters and a carer, including live commentary
Away section: 1,886 seats and 900 standing seats with separate catering and toilet facilitiesh
Bathroom facilities: Over 600 toilets
Home changing room: 420 m² changing room with massage area, sauna, showers, toilets and bath
Kiosks: 16 kiosks (nine outside and seven inside the arena) as well as 12 outside bars
Floodlight system: 216 individual 1,400-watt LED floodlights with a total illumination of 2,220 lux
Video walls: Two 53m² LED video displays
Bicycle stands: 650 bicycle stands next to the arena
Parking spaces: ca. 1,100 VIP parking spaces in the direct vicinity of the Volkswagen Arena, as well as approximately 3,200 free parking spaces at the Kästorf P&R car park and approximately 2,600 free parking spaces at the Allerpark car park

 

Stadium history

Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 The Volkswagen Arena becomes the first Bundesliga stadium to install a complete LED floodlighting system. 216 individual 1,400-watt floodlights, which provide an illumination of 2,220 lux, allow the Wolves’ home to be run in a much more sustainable way.
6 April 2016 The Wolves reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the very first time. They beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg, with Ricardo Rodriguez (pen.) and Maximilian Arnold getting on the score sheet.
2016 Over the course of 2016, all Volkswagen Arena car parks are equipped with new LED lighting systems.
November 2015 The VfL chapel, which welcomes people of all religions, is opened on the ground floor of the main stand.
4 September 2015 The VfL Campus, the first private university campus in the Bundesliga, holds its first lectures at the Eventcenter, which is located underneath the Volkswagen Arena's east stand.
1 August 2015 The DFL Supercup, the traditional season opener between the Bundesliga champions and DFB Cup holders, is held at the Volkswagen Arena for the first time. Roared on by their own fans, cup winners VfL Wolfsburg beat Bayern Munich 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.
November 2014 The club relocates to the VfL-Center. Located east of the Volkswagen Arena, the new three-story complex not only offers improved training and rehabilitation facilities for the first team, but also provides larger office spaces for the management team, coaching staff and operational staff, as well as a workshop area for ground staff.
12 May 2013 The VfL Ladies win the German championship for the first time with a 4-0 victory over SC Bad Neuenahr at the Volkswagen Arena.
20 March 2013 The VfL Ladies play their first UEFA Champions League match at the Volkswagen Arena, beating Russian outfit FK Rossiyanka 2-1 in the quarter-final first leg.
19 January 2013 VfL Wolfsburg launch a cashless payment system at the Volkswagen Arena ahead of the second half of the 2012/13 season.
2 September 2012 Club45 and Halle09 are officially opened in the Volkswagen Arena’s east stand. The two catering and event facilities have been serving supporters since the 2012/13 season. Events of all descriptions are held here on non-matchdays.
July/August 2011 The Volkswagen Arena becomes the first football stadium in Germany to install a hybrid pitch. The so-called Desso GrassMaster is composed of natural grass combined with around 20 million artificial fibres.
13 August 2011 The SKYLOUNGE is officially opened in the Volkswagen Arena’s east stand ahead of the opening game of the 2011/12 season against Bayern Munich. The VIP area offers space for approximately 60 people, as well as a spectacular view of the pitch.
June/July 2011 The Volkswagen Arena is renamed the "Arena im Allerpark Wolfsburg" and handed over to FIFA ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In order to meet the governing body’s requirements, the stadium undergoes a number of structural changes ahead of the tournament, including the installation of 172 additional 2,000-watt floodlights. The entire press area, including the main camera, is relocated to the arena's main stand. The stadium hosts four matches during the World Cup:
27 June 2011 Mexico 1-1 England (attendance: 18,702)
3 July 2011 Brazil 3-0 Norway (attendance: 26,067)
6 July 2011 Sweden 2-1 USA (attendance: 23,468)
9 July 2011 Germany 0-1 Japan aet (attendance: 26,067)
16 November 2010 A new sports field is opened adjacent to the Volkswagen Arena, which is regularly open to the public on matchdays but also accepts group bookings during the week.
28 October 2010 The first women’s international friendly is held at the Volkswagen Arena in the run-up to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In front of 7,229 spectators, Germany beat their Australian counterparts 2-1.
26 September 2010 Jürgen Silbermann, the four millionth fan to pass through the Volkswagen Arena turnstiles, is given a special welcome by CEO Thomas Röttgermann ahead of VfL's 2-1 victory over SC Freiburg.
15 September 2009 The Volkswagen Arena hosts its first ever UEFA Champions League match. A Grafite hat-trick earns the Wolves a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in front of 25,017 fans.
5 August 2009 Wölfis Höhle (“Wolfi’s cave”), the Volkswagen Arena’s adventure area for children, is officially opened.
1 August 2009 The newly built Fanhaus, which also includes a new club store, is opened during the annual stadium festival.
6 - 27 June 2009 Around 11,000 traders, importers, sales managers and salesmen from 90 different countries acquaint themselves with Volkswagen’s success story during the 2009 Polo Congress.
23 May 2009 VfL beat SV Werder Bremen 5-1 to win the German league title for the first time in the club's history.
11 March 2009 The VfL first team train at their new 27,000 m² training complex for the first time. As well as two full-size pitches, the facility also includes a small hill with in-built stairs and a steep ramp, designed to raise the Wolves players’ fitness levels.
7 March 2009 Nadine Wagner becomes the Volkswagen Arena's three millionth visitor and is greeted by CEO Jürgen Marbach ahead of the home match against Karlsruher SC.
28 January 2009 The two new 53 m² LED video displays are in operation for the first time during the 5-1 victory over FC Hansa Rostock in the last 16 of the DFB Cup.
18 September 2008 The Volkswagen Arena hosts is first ever UEFA Cup game. In front of 16,245 fans, the Wolves beat Rapid Bucharest 1-0 thanks to a goal by Grafite.
23 June 2008 VfL’s Under-19 side reach the final of the German championship for the first time, but lose 2-0 to SC Freiburg in front of 4,500 spectators.
3 June 2007 Just under 26,000 Volkswagen employees, journalists and VIP guests attend a special concert to mark the sale of the 25 millionth Volkswagen Golf. TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk hosts the three-hour event, which includes performances from Chris de Burgh, Robin Gibb, Bonnie Tyler and Peter Maffay.
18 April 2007 VfL reach the semi-finals of the DFB Cup for only the third time in their history. The Wolves suffer a late 1-0 defeat to VfB Stuttgart, who go on to win the Bundesliga title that season.
7 April 2007 CEO Klaus Fuchs welcomes the Volkswagen Arena's two millionth visitor ahead of VfL's home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
8 June 2006 British superstar Elton John performs in front of 12,000 spectators at the Volkswagen Arena.
3 June 2006 The Volkswagen Arena hosts a friendly between Poland and Croatia in the run-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Poland win 1-0 in front of 6,000 fans.
28 February 2006 The stadium hosts its first Under-21 international match. Germany's U21s beat Latvia's full international side 2-1 (attendance: 2,200).
3 July 2005 Superstar Anastacia performs her only concert in northern Germany in front of 17,000 spectators at the Volkswagen Arena.
28 November 2004 Season ticket holder Lutz Stautmeister from Heiligendorf-Wolfsburg becomes the Volkswagen Arena’s one millionth visitor.
11 October 2003 In the first American football game to be staged at the arena, the Hamburg Devils beat the Braunschweig Lions 37-36 after overtime in the German Bowl (attendance: 20,500).
27 September 2003 Against Bayer Leverkusen, visually impaired supporters are able to follow the action for the first time. The Volkswagen Arena initially provides space for up to ten visually impaired fans and their carers, as well as live commentary of proceedings. Leverkusen win the match 1-0.
13 September 2003 Goals from Fernando Baiano (2) and Diego Klimowicz help the Wolves to a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in front of a capacity 30,000 crowd.
26 July 2003 VfL lose 2-0 to AC Perugia in the second leg of the Intertoto Cup final (attendance: 12,500).
12 July 2003 The Wolves win their first ever European match at the Volkswagen Arena as goals from Martin Petrov and Dorinel Munteanu earn the hosts a 2-0 victory over Bulgarian outfit Marek Dupnitza in the Intertoto Cup.
5 July 2003 Herbert Grönemeyer performs the first ever concert at the Volkswagen Arena (attendance: 36,000).
1 June 2003 Germany beat Canada 4-1 in the first ever international football match to be held at the Volkswagen Arena (attendance: 23,000).
13 April 2003 A first ever capacity crowd of 30,000 witness the Wolves' 1-0 victory over Hannover 96. Diego Klimowicz gets the game's only goal.
8 February 2003 VfL record their first ever Bundesliga victory at the Volkswagen Arena, beating Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 thanks to goals from Stefan Schnoor and Tomislav Maric (attendance: 16,000).
15 December 2002 The arena hosts its first ever Bundesliga match. In front of 24,000 spectators, the Wolves go down 2-1 to VfB Stuttgart. Tomislav Maric is on target for VfL.
13 December 2002 Leading figures from the world of politics, economics, finances and sport - not to mention 20,000 football supporters - attend the stadium's official opening ceremony. Performances by a-ha and Fury in the Slaughterhouse are among the musical highlights of the event, which lasts several hours.

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