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On our journey through a match day at Fortuna Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is a great city to go and watch football. There’s a great culinary scene, the nightlife caters for everyone and the picturesque River Rhine flows through the city centre. 

The local team, Fortuna Düsseldorf, currently play in the Bundesliga 2, and are challenging for promotion to the Bundesliga. They play their home games at the Merkur Spiel Arena and the stadium will host 5 games at the Euro 2024 Championship, when it will be known as “Arena Düsseldorf.”

In this article we’ll take an in-depth look at match days at Fortuna Düsseldorf, give you advice on how to get tickets and how to make the most of your match day experience.  

Looking for activities in Düsseldorf beyond football? Explore our Düsseldorf city attractions guide to find the top recommended attractions in the city.

General Information about Merkur Spiel Arena

The Merkur Spiel Arena was built between 2002 and 2004 on the site of the old Rheinstadion. The Rheinstadion was opened in 1926 with a match between Germany and the Netherlands, which the hosts won 4-2 in front of an estimated 60,000 spectators. It was also used as a venue during the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where it hosted 5 games, and also during the 1988 UEFA European Championship when 2 games were played here. 

The last football match in the Rheinstadion took place in March 2002 before the stadium was demolished and a new stadium opened in September 2004. Fortuna Düsseldorf have played most of their games at the stadium since then.  

The stadium capacity for football games is 52,000, of which 44,683 are seats. The stadium has a closable roof, which means the stadium can be used for many other events. In the past American football matches, boxing contests and concerts have also been held here. The stadium even hosted the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011! In 2024, the opening match of the European Men’s Handball Championship was held in the stadium and set a world handball attendance record with 53,586 spectators. 

Euro 2024

During Euro 2024 the stadium will be known as “Arena Düsseldorf”. Five matches will in the stadium:

  • 17 June 2024 at 21:00: Austria v France
  • 21 June 2024 at 15:00: Slovakia v Ukraine
  • 24 June 2024 at 21:00: Albania v Spain
  • 01 July 2024 at 18:00: Round of 16
  • 06 July 2024 at 18:00: Quarter-final

All times are local (CEST).

Tickets

For most Fortuna Düsseldorf games getting a ticket is fairly easy. Tickets are available in English from www.f95.de and they usually go on sale between 4 and 6 weeks before the match. 

You can buy tickets from the Fortuna Düsseldorf fan shop on Burgplatz in the city centre. Tickets cost between €14 for a standing ticket and €45. 

Tickets are usually available on match days from a box office situated on the south concourse at the stadium. You will see the box office when you walk up the steps from the underground train station. The box office opens 2 hours before the start of the match and you can only pay with cash. Sometimes fans are selling spare tickets near the box office. 

I usually buy a ticket for Block 162. Quite often there are lots of free seats here and you can walk around the whole stand behind the goal. You also get a great view of the Fortuna ultras. 

For 3 home games in the 2023/24 season Fortuna Düsseldorf are planning to give all fans free entry to the game. The club plan to eventually make all home games free to everyone. You can read more about the Fortuna für Alle (Fortuna for Everyone) scheme here. https://fortunafueralle.de/ 

Merkur Spiel Arena Stadium Tours

Tours of the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA are available at midday on Sundays when there are no matches on. The guided tour lasts 90 minutes and costs 5 Euros. Booking is available via this website. 

Public Transport

Match tickets for Fortuna Düsseldorf games include free public transport travel in the whole VRR transport region, which covers large parts of the area in and around Düsseldorf. A map of the VRR region is shown here. This means you do not need to buy a ticket for transport if you already have a match ticket. 

If you’re travelling to the stadium for a Euro 2024 game you can read our guide to transport for the tournament here.

The easiest way to get to the stadium is by taking the Underground U78 train from the city centre to the “MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe-Nord” stop. The journey takes about 20 minutes. 

My pro-tip is to take the U79 train to the Freiligrathplatz and walk ten minutes from there. This is a really useful tip for when the U78 gets really busy. 

By Car

The car parks around the stadium have space for 18,000 cars.

The stadium is located near the Messe Düsseldorf. The Merkur Spiel-Arena and Messe Düsseldorf are clearly signposted throughout the city and on motorways around Düsseldorf. 

If you’re finding it challenging to plan your journey to the stadium, check out our article on transportation apps for assistance

Walk / Cycle

Another way to get to the stadium is to take a walk, or cycle, along the River Rhine from the city centre. The walk takes about an hour and you should definitely include a stop at the Fortuna Büdchen on the way. 

Around the Ground

There are no pubs or restaurants very near the ground. Fans tend to meet before the games in the Altstadt and then travel to the stadium together. You can find my food and drink tips for Düsseldorf here.

There are 2 Fortuna Düsseldorf fan shops at the stadium. The largest one is on the south concourse as you arrive at the stadium from the train station. There’s a smaller stall next to Gate 43 inside the stadium. 

The Fortuna ultras are famous for making lots of noise and for their great choreography displays. At each home game they sell scarves, t-shirts, stickers and magazines by Gate 42 inside the stadium. 

Food and Drink at the Stadium

This is Düsseldorf so there are plenty of opportunities to buy the local Alt Bier at the stadium. There are numerous refreshments stalls selling the local Schumacher Alt Bier or Carlsberg. There are also sellers walking round the stands with backpacks full of beer who can serve you a drink in your seat.

Food options are classic German football fare like bratwurst, chips, pizza and pretzels. Vegetarian options, such as curry, are available on the lower level of the concourse.  These are great places to eat when traveling to Bundesliga.

Payment

At the Merkus Spiel Arena cashless payments can be made at all stands with a debit or credit card and even with Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Insider Tips

  • Hang around after the game

Don’t be in a rush to get out of the ground. The queues for public transport can be long and you might have to wait around 30 minutes to get on a train. My advice is to stay inside the stadium, grab something to eat and drink and wait until the crowds have dispersed and have a more relaxing trip.   

  • Visit another game nearby

While you’re visiting Düsseldorf you might want to check out another game nearby. As there are so many football teams in the cities near Düsseldorf it’s often possible to visit two games in one day. 

Fortuna Düsseldorf’s reserve side play in the 4th division and tickets are available on match days. From Düsseldorf you can easily travel to games in nearby cities like Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Leverkusen. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also take in a game just over the Dutch border and watch a game at VVV Venlo. 

Wrapping Up

On our journey through a match day at Fortuna Düsseldorf, we’ve looked at how to get your match ticket and how to enjoy the match day. 

As the stadium gears up to host Euro 2024, the city prepares to greet football fans from across the whole world to this special location on the banks of the River Rhine.