Club: RB Leipzig | Opening: 2004 | Capacity: 42,959 seats
History and description
The Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, until 2010 called Zentralstadion, was built between 2000 and 2004 with the perspective of the upcoming 2006 World Cup. The stadium got built on the site of the old Zentralstadion, which was completely demolished with just the green outer banks remaining.
The newly built arena opened in the summer of 2004. Total costs of the project had amounted to €90 million.
During the 2006 World Cup, the stadium hosted four group matches and the round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico (2-1).
For a few years FC Sachsen Leipzig occupied the stadium, however poor attendances made them decide to move back to their old ground.
With the take-over of SVV Markranstadt by Red Bull in 2010, the stadium found a new occupant in RB Leipzig. At about the same time Red Bull bought the naming rights of the stadium for a period of 30 years.
With RB Leipzig’s increased successes on the pitch and strong attendances, Red Bull started to explore building a new more modern and larger club-owned stadium. However, the city of Leipzig preferred them to stay at the Zentralstadion and is currently talking with Red Bull about selling the stadium to them. Red Bull would then modernise and expand the stadium to a capacity of 57,000.