VELTINS-Arena – goosebumps guaranteed
Since its opening in 2001, the VELTINS-Arena has established itself throughout the whole of Europe. Today it can be the largest open-air stage, tomorrow the home of the football club FC Schalke 04 and the day after tomorrow it transforms into a ski slope, exhibition center, opera house, venue for the next corporate event, ice rink or boxing temple – the VELTINS-Arena is a true quick-change artist. Within hours, it can be converted and transformed for almost any kind of event.
Already more than 25 million people watched international and national music highlights such as U2, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, AC / DC, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Helene Fischer, Herbert Grönemeyer or PUR, listened to opera productions such as Carmen and Aida or cheered at sporting events such as the Biathlon on Schalke, the Ice Hockey World Cup 2010, the boxing events with Klitschko and the UEFA Champions League Final 2004.
„The world has never seen such a stadium,“ said former FIFA President Joseph Blatter at the stadium opening. The arena is consistently setting new standards, and that not only in terms of its multifunctionality. State-of-the-art stage and a completely reworked audio technology, the new video cube installed in the summer of 2016, the retractable grass field, sliding stands, the closeable roof or the RFID-based payment system “Knappenkarte” are just a few of the technical highlights that make the arena a true masterpiece.