Fritz-Walter-Stadion (German pronunciation: [ˌfʁɪtsˈvaltɐˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn]) is the home to the 3. Liga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and is located in the city of Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It was one of the stadia used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is named after Fritz Walter, who played for the Kaiserslautern club throughout his career and was captain of the Germany national football team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup in the "Miracle of Bern". The stadium was built on the Betzenberg hill, hence its nickname "Betze", and was opened in 1920.
Betze or Betzenberg
|Former names||Betzenbergstadion (1920–1985)|
|Location||Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany|
|Public transit||Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof (Central station) or use Park-and-ride system|
|Owner||Fritz-Walter-Stadion Kaiserslautern GmbH|
|Capacity||49,780 (League matches)|
47,500 (International matches)
|Record attendance||50,754 (Kaiserslautern 1–1 Bayern Munich, 6 May 2006)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||13 May 1920(FV 1900 Kaiserslautern 0–2 FC Pfalz Ludwigshafen)|
|Renovated||1932, 1945–1946, 1948, 1953, 1963, 1966, 1972–1973, 1978, 1986, 1993–1994, 1998, 2002–2005|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern|
Germany national football team (selected matches)
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2006, the stadium underwent a 76,5 million Euro renovation beginning in 2002 that added a media center, installed a new floodlight system, and increased capacity from 38,500, of which 18,600 were standing, to 48,500, of which 16,363 are standing.
2006 FIFA World CupEdit
The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The following games were played at the stadium during the 2006 World Cup:
|Date||Time (CET)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Spectators|
|12 June 2006||15:00||Australia||3–1||Japan||Group F||46,000|
|17 June 2006||21:00||Italy||1–1||United States||Group E||46,000|
|20 June 2006||21:00||Paraguay||2–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Group B||46,000|
|23 June 2006||16:00||Saudi Arabia||0–1||Spain||Group H||46,000|
|26 June 2006||17:00||Italy||1–0||Australia||Round of 16||46,000|