Stuttgart Arena, the beloved home of VFB Stuttgart, has been at the heart of many footballing emotions in recent years.

From a 93rd-minute Wataru Endo winner securing Bundesliga survival in 2023 to Champions League football in 2024, there’s been no place like the Stuttgart stadium – and long may that continue this summer at the 2024 European Championships.

Fans will hope for similar levels of drama that VFB Stuttgart loyalists have witnessed in recent years when they watch four group games – including two vital matches in Group A which affect the hosts Germany. It will also host a quarter-finals match-up which is yet to be determined.

History of Stuttgart Arena

Stuttgart Arena has been a constant feature of international football tournaments in Germany since it opened its doors for the 1974 World Cup. Alongside the World Cup in 1974, the Stuttgart stadium played a pivotal role in the 1988 European Championships and the 2006 World Cup, even hosting the third-placed match between Germany and Portugal in 2006.

Football fans just can’t get enough of this historic stadium but neither could Depeche Mode in 2013 when they took their Delta Machine Tour to Baden-Wurttemberg. High-profile artists like Pink Floyd and Genesis also got fans through the doors in one of German football’s most famous arenas, performing to a packed house of 55,000.

There will be similar attendance numbers this summer when the European Championships take centre stage and football fans from across the world try and inspire their nation to bring back the trophy.

What games will be played at the Stuttgart Arena?

Five matches are scheduled for Stuttgart Stadium throughout the 2024 European Championships – including four group stage matches and one quarter-final game.

Hosts Germany play their second group game in the capital of Baden-Wurttemberg against Hungary. Their Hungarian counterparts will remain in Stuttgart when they close out their group stage campaign against Scotland on the 23rd of June.

The full list of games being played in Stuttgart:

  • Slovenia vs Denmark (Group C, 16th June)
  • Germany vs Hungary (Group A, 29th June)
  • Scotland vs Hungary (Group A, 23rd June)
  • Ukraine vs Belgium (Group E, 26th June)
  • Winner Match 39 vs Winner Match 37 (Quarter-finals, 5th July)

Location of Stuttgart Arena

Stuttgart Stadium stands on the east bank of the river Neckar, around 4.5km from the city centre and the main rail station.

By Bus

Six bus routes take you close to this historic stadium (23, 42, 45, 60, 61, N5). Four bus stations are located within a 10-minute walk of the MHPArena – including the Fritz-Walter-Weg and Stuttgart Fritz-Walter-Weg which are two minutes away and the Neckarpark (Stadion)/ Stuttgart Neckarpark (Stadion) stops which are five and seven minutes away respectively.

By S-Bahn

The S1 train stops at the NeckarPark station on matchdays, the closest train station to the Stuttgart Arena. However, the S2 and S3 lines stop at Bad Cannstatt – a 15-minute walk from the stadium.

By U-Bahn

On matchdays, the U11 and U13 take fans within a few minutes of the entrance gates by stopping at the NeckarPark station. If you are taking the U1 from the central station, head to the Mercedesstraße.

By Car

Stuttgart Stadium is accessible via two motorways, the A8 and A81. The A8 connects east to west and fans, while the A81 goes north to south. Fans should look out for the football symbol on both of these routes to access the MHPArena.

Capacity of the Stuttgart Arena

Like most stadiums in Germany, Stuttgart Arena has a different capacity for league and international fixtures. For Bundesliga matches, the attendance is capped at 60,449, however, it is reduced to around 54,906 for international fixtures as the standing areas are unavailable. It is the sixth-largest club stadium in Germany, slotting just below Schalke’s historic Veltins-Arena.

It is a stadium known for creating big moments with this summer set to be no different. Expect Stuttgart Arena to show up and show out on one of the grandest stages in international football.


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