Opel Arena (stadium)

Opel Arena
Former names Coface Arena (2011–2016)
Location Germany Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Coordinates 49°59′3″N 8°13′27″E / 49.98417°N 8.22417°E / 49.98417; 8.22417Coordinates: 49°59′3″N 8°13′27″E / 49.98417°N 8.22417°E / 49.98417; 8.22417
Owner GVG
Capacity 34,034 (League Matches),
26,600 (International Matches)
Surface Grass
Opened 3 July 2011[1]
Construction cost 60 Mio €
Architect agn Niederberghaus & Partner
1. FSV Mainz 05 (2011–present)

The Opel Arena (stylised as OPEL ARENA; also known as the 1. FSV Mainz 05 Arena due to UEFA sponsorship regulations) is a multi-purpose stadium in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany that was opened in 2011. It is used for football matches and hosts the home matches of the German Bundesliga side Mainz 05. The stadium has a capacity of 34,034 people, of which 19,700 seated, and replaces the Bruchweg stadium, Stadion am Bruchweg.

The stadium was originally named Coface Arena (German pronunciation: [ˈkoːfas ʔaˌʁeːnaː]) after a sponsorship deal with COFACE. In July 2016, the stadium arrived at its current name, per a naming rights agreement with Opel.[2]

Ligatotal!-Cup 2011

As a way to celebrate the opening of the new stadium, FSV Mainz 05 (and the coface-Arena) were the hosts of the Ligatotal!-cup 2011, which is a short pre-season tournament. They invited the champions Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV and Bayern Munich. Dortmund won the tournament, Mainz was last after losing to Bayern Munich in the third place play-off.

The first league goal scored in the new arena was scored by Tunisian International Sami Allagui for FSV Mainz 05 against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 August 2011.


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