Rhein-Neckar-Arena (German pronunciation: [ˌʁaɪnˈnɛkaʁʔaˌʁeːna]), currently known as PreZero Arena and previously as Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena [ˈvɪʁzɔl-] for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of 1899 Hoffenheim. The stadium has a capacity of 30,150 people. It replaced TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's former ground, the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion.
|Location||Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Capacity||30,150 (league matches)|
25,589 (international matches)
|Opened||24 January 2009|
|Construction cost||€ 60 million|
|TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (2009–present)|
Germany national football team (selected matches)
The stadium is the largest in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area, although it is situated in a town with only 36,000 inhabitants.
The first competitive match was played on 31 January 2009 against FC Energie Cottbus, and ended in a 2–0 win for Hoffenheim. The stadium hosted international matches at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Rhein-Neckar-Arena hosted the "2017 DEL Winter Game", an outdoor ice hockey game between Adler Mannheim and the Schwenningen Wild Wings on 7 January 2017.
The Sinsheim-Museum/Arena S-Bahn stop at the Elsenz Valley Railway (Elsenztalbahn) is just over a kilometre's walk away and there are shuttle buses from Sinsheim main station. The stadium can be reached by car via the newly built Sinsheim-Süd junction of the federal motorway 6.
International football matchesEdit
- Rhein-Neckar-Arena architect: Eheim Moebel
- Rhein-Neckar-Arena roof: Rhein-Neckar-Arena
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