Lena-Arena

The Lena-Arena, also known as the airberlin world for sponsorship purposes, was Fortuna Düsseldorf's temporary stadium during the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 at Fortuna's ESPIRIT Arena.

Lena-Arena
AirBerlinWorld-1.jpg
Exterior view of the Lena-Arena
LocationDüsseldorf, Germany
Coordinates51°15′49.27″N 6°43′47.79″E / 51.2636861°N 6.7299417°E / 51.2636861; 6.7299417
Capacity20,168
Record attendance20,100
Construction
BuiltJanuary–March 2011
Opened26 March 2011 (2011-03-26)
ClosedMay 2011
Construction cost2.8 million
ArchitectNussli Group
Tenants
Fortuna Düsseldorf (April–May 2011)

HistoryEdit

Following Lena Meyer-Landrut's, of whom the stadium would be named after, win representing Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, the 2011 edition of the contest was held in Düsseldorf in Fortuna Düsseldorf's ESPIRIT Arena. As a result of this, Fortuna's stadium was rendered unusable for football for the final three home games of the 2010–11 2. Bundesliga season. Moves to the neighbouring cities of Mönchengladbach, Köln, Bochum and Leverkusen were ruled out, as well as an expansion Fortuna Düsseldorf's previous stadium, the Paul-Janes-Stadion, for security reasons. Constructed by the Swiss-based Nussli Group in under 50 days, construction began in January 2011 on a budget of 2.8 million on Fortuna's training ground.[1][2]

With a capacity of 20,168 and sponsored by Air Berlin and stylised as airberlin world,[3] the stadium hosted its first game on 26 March 2011, with Germany under-17 beating Ukraine U17 2–0.[4] Fortuna Düsseldorf won all three of their games hosted at the Lena-Arena, with Sascha Rösler scoring in every game hosted at the stadium. The club hold the unique record of winning every game in their home stadium. The stadium was dismantled at the end of May 2011.[1]

List of gamesEdit

26 March 2011 2011 UEFA European U17 Championship elite round Germany U17   2–0   Ukraine U17 Düsseldorf
14:00 Perrey   10'
Yeşil   31'
Report Stadium: Lena-Arena
Attendance: 6,300
Referee: Padraigh Sutton (Ireland)
15 April 2011 2. Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf 3–0 1. FC Union Berlin Düsseldorf
17:00 Rösler   17'
Lambertz   36'
Ilsø   67'
Report Stadium: Lena-Arena
Attendance: 18,900
Referee: Christian Fischer
24 April 2011 2. Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf 2–0 Arminia Bielefeld Düsseldorf
12:30 Rösler   41'
Lambertz   70'
Report Stadium: Lena-Arena
Attendance: 18,100
Referee: Thorsten Schriever
24 April 2011 2. Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf 3–1 Alemannia Aachen Düsseldorf
12:30 Langeneke   14'
Rösler   22'
Beister   70'
Report Stehle   45' Stadium: Lena-Arena
Attendance: 20,100
Referee: Peter Sippel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Als Fortuna in der Lena-Arena von Sieg zu Sieg eilte". Rheinische Post (in German). 24 April 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Nun wird schon das Tribünen-Dach angeschraubt". Express (in German). 2 February 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Düsseldorf – Bielefeld". Bild (in German). Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Lena Arena eröffnet". Der Westen (in German). 26 March 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2020.

Coordinates: 51°15′49.27″N 6°43′47.79″E / 51.2636861°N 6.7299417°E / 51.2636861; 6.7299417