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Leipzig - Stadium

I'll always call the stadium in Leipzig the Zentralstadion. The modern arena, which sits like a space ship inside the terrace bowl of the old ground, is being called Leipzig Stadium for the Euros. That's a good thing for me, as being someone who values the huge involvement of fans in most clubs in Germany, I dislike giving credit to its sponsor (an Austrian fizzy drink company) by calling it by its sponsored name.

The current stadium was opened in 2004 in readiness for the 2006 World Cup, when Leipzig, as now for the 2024 Euros, was the only host city from the former East Germany. It has a capacity for club matches of 47,000, which will drop for the Euros to 40,000 due to the absence of any standing places at the tournament. I was last there in 2022 with Union for the cup semi-final.

Games being held at the stadium
The Euro 2024 matches being staged at the ground are listed here.

Getting there from the city centre
Walk! From the main station and from Marktplatz square it takes about 30 minutes. 

If you do want to take the tram, then from the station it's just a 9-minute ride (on, say, the number 3 heading for Leipzig, Sommerfeld) to the Sportforum Süd stop, from where it's a 10-minute walk to the ground.

If you have a match ticket or a rail pass such as Interrail or the Deutschlandticket, you'll not need to pay any fare. If not, it might be worth getting a Leipzig Card for free 1- or 3-day travel on local public transport, plus discounts to many attractions.

For getting to the stadium straight from the airport, see my Leipzig/Halle Airport page.

To keep this page uncluttered, I've not included any photos. Instead, I've put together a selection in this Leipzig City and Stadium Gallery

Hotels close to the stadium

Within 2 miles - Easy to get to/from

Hotel Arena City
Just 250 metres from the stadium. 4-star hotel. Room service. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast. A 20-minute walk to the city centre or 13 if taking the tram.

Limehome Leipzig Jahnallee
Suites for 2 or 3 occupants. 14 minutes' walk from the stadium. Units with sofa, seating area and kitchenette. 15-minute walk to the city centre.

Multitude Hostel
20-minute walk at most to the stadium. Double rooms or dorms for up to 10. Bar and beer garden. 19 minutes on the tram into the main station.

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