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Frankfurt Football Stadiums: Where to Catch the Action

Frankfurt is considered Germany’s financial capital, and as a result, it doesn’t have quite the same football-loving atmosphere that you may see in other cities. But Germany is Germany – no matter where you are in the country, there’s a game in a stadium nearby! 

In this article, I’ll guide you through Frankfurt’s football stadiums. If you’re visiting the city for business, or travelling to an Eintracht Frankfurt game, here’s what you need to know about football stadiums in Frankfurt. 

Frankfurt Football Stadiums at a Glance

While there are plenty of other football grounds in the area, and some other stadiums in the greater Rhine-Main metro area, I’m going to focus on three main Frankfurt stadiums today: 

The main team based in Frankfurt is Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, with no other teams in the area in the 2. Bundesliga or 3. Liga. On the women’s side, the main club is Eintracht Frankfurt’s women’s team, who currently sit third in the top-tier Frauen-Bundesliga. 

1. Frankfurt Football Stadium: Deutsche Bank Park

Without a doubt, the biggest and most popular stadium in Frankfurt is Deutsche Bank Park, which is also known as the Waldstadion. Currently the home of Eintracht Frankfurt, Deutsche Bank Park was first opened in 1925. It now has a retractable roof, and a capacity of 58,000 for league matches, making it the seventh-largest stadium in Germany. 

During Euro 2024, five matches will be played at Deutsche Bank Park – four group-stage matches and one round-of-16 clash. Throughout the tournament, the stadium will be known as Frankfurt Arena and the capacity will be reduced to 47,000. To catch up with Euro 2024 Special events in Frankfurt, take a look at our guide.

Events Hosted at Deutsche Bank Park

Given that the stadium is almost 100 years old, it’s no surprise that it’s hosted a few big events in its time! In terms of football matches, Deutsche Bank Park has hosted: 

  • 2006 Men’s FIFA World Cup matches, including a quarter-final
  • Various FFC Frankfurt Women’s Champions League matches
  • 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the final between Japan and the USA

Of course, it also plays host to Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga matches each season. It’s not just football matches that have been played on the hallowed turf of Deutsche Bank Park. Other events held here over the years include: 

  • A 1966 heavyweight boxing championship between Muhammad Ali and Karl Mildenberger
  • Two NFL matches in 2023, including a KC Chiefs vs Miami Dolphins showdown

Lots of concerts have also been performed at Deutsche Bank Park, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, U2, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Madonna, Beyoncé, Pink, Ed Sheeran, and many, many more. 

UEFA Euro 2024 matches that will be played at Frankfurt Arena are:

  • 17 June 2024 at 18:00: Belgium v Slovakia
  • 20 June 2024 at 18:00: Denmark v England
  • 23 June 2024 at 21:00: Switzerland v Germany
  • 26 June 2024 at 18:00: Slovakia v Romania
  • 01 July 2024 at 21:00: Round of 16

What to Know Before You Go

As mentioned, Deutsche Bank Park has a retractable roof, but don’t let that fool you! The stadium can still get cold, especially for winter events or evening matches. Make sure you layer up and prepare for all conditions, whether the roof is open or not. 

The stadium has plenty of food and beverage options, but as it’s on the outskirts of the city, there’s not too much directly around the stadium. You’re better off eating in the city either before or after the game, if you don’t plan on getting food inside the gates. Merch is generally for sale inside, but it can be on the more expensive side. 

What the Fans Say

In general, this stadium is beloved. Fans believe the energy and atmosphere here is second to none, and it’s also known for friendly, helpful staff, clean bathroom facilities, and plenty of food and drink options once you’re inside. What more could you want?!

Also, the stadium is well-designed so that almost every seat has a good view of the field. Whether you’re behind the goal, at midfield, or up in the nosebleeds, you won’t miss out on any of the action. 

How to Get There

Like most stadiums, parking can be a headache at Deutsche Bank Park, but it’s not impossible. If you do have to drive to the stadium, you can find directions and parking information here. For Eintracht Frankfurt matches (and likely other large events), parking officials are on-site to guide drivers to suitable parking places. 

Public transport is a much easier (and less stressful) way to get to the stadium. You can use the bus, tram, or S-Bahn to get to the stadium, and it’s only around 15-20 minutes from the city. Tram line 21 takes you to the “Stadion” stop, while bus routes 61 and 80 both have stops in the vicinity of the stadium. 

If you’re taking the train from Frankfurt Central Station, use the S-Bahn lines S7 (upper floor), S8, or S9 (both lower floor) in the direction of “Frankfurt Flughafen/Airport” or “Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof.” In around 6 minutes, exit at the “Stadion” stop. You can then walk 10-15 minutes to the stadium. 

You can also ride a bike to the stadium via Frankfurt’s many cycle paths. The stadium features special bike parking in secure, monitored facilities for just €3. You can even schedule a bike cleaning or maintenance check while you’re at the match, for an added fee! And for Euro 2024, you can check the transportation options from here.

Insider Tip

Make sure you understand what can and can’t be taken into the stadium before you make your way to Deutsche Bank Park. You can find an overview here, though the rules can differ depending on the specific event you’re attending. 

2. Frankfurt Football Stadium: Stadion am Brentanobad

Currently the home of the Eintracht Frankfurt women’s team (formerly 1. FFC Frankfurt) and German association club Rot-Weiß Frankfurt, Stadion am Brentanobad is a smaller stadium located in Frankfurt’s northwest. With a capacity of around 5,500, it’s a more intimate venue but still draws a passionate German crowd! 

Events Hosted at Stadion am Brentanobad 

Eintracht Frankfurt women’s team plays their home matches at Stadion am Brentanobad, though Champion’s League matches and other international events are sometimes held at Deutsche Bank Park instead. 

As well as Frauen-Bundesliga matches, you can also catch a Rot-Weiß Frankfurt match at Stadion am Brentanobad. This team currently plays in the Hesse Association League, but their lower-tier status doesn’t make the fans any less passionate. 

Aside from these two teams, the Stadion am Brentanobad doesn’t host many other significant events due to its relatively small capacity. 

What to Know Before You Go

If you’re heading to Stadion am Brentanobad to catch the Eintracht Frankfurt women’s team, make sure you buy your tickets online in advance first. Leftover tickets will be sold at the gate, but there’s no guarantee tickets will be available on the day of the match. 

The stadium has three different entrances, with different seating types available in various sections of the stadium: 

  • E1: Grandstand seats and barrier-free
  • E2: Standing room
  • E3: Standing room and grandstand seats

There’s also shade in some areas of the stadium, while some of the seating is in full sun. 

What the Fans Say

Despite it’s small size, fans tend to love their experiences at Stadion am Brentanobad. There are food trucks and drink vendors, making it easy to grab a bratwurst and a beer while you watch the game. Bathroom facilities are well-maintained, staff are helpful, and the atmosphere is great!

How to Get There

Because of Stadion am Brentanobad’s relatively low capacity, driving to and parking at this stadium is somewhat easier than at Deutsche Bank Park. You can find street parking near the stadium on Ludwig Landsmann Straße and the surrounding side streets. If you have a VIP ticket and parking, you can also park at the P1 parking lot, located outside the E1 stadium entrance. 

If you’re not driving to Stadion am Brentanobad, it’s also easily reached by public transport. From Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station, take the U7 train in the direction of Frankfurt (Main) Heerstraße. Exit at the Frankfurt (Main) Fischstein stop (it’s around a 10 minute ride) and you’ll be a short walk from the stadium. 

Insider Tip

This stadium is also being used during Euro 2024, though not as a venue where matches are played. Instead, Stadion am Brentanobad will be a training ground and may act as the home base for one of the teams based in Frankfurt. 

3. Frankfurt Football Stadium: PSD Bank Arena

Located in Bornheim in Frankfurt’s northeast, PSD Bank Arena is the home of FSV Frankfurt, who currently play in Germany’s Regionalliga Südwest league. The Eintracht Frankfurt women’s team also occasionally play matches here when not at Stadion am Brentanobad. 

PSD Bank Arena first opened its doors in 1931, and currently has a capacity of around 12,500. As well as being used for football matches, it also hosts American football matches and is home to Frankfurt Universe, a German American football club that plays in the first division German Footbally League south, and Frankfurt Galaxy, who play in the European Football League. 

Events Hosted at PSD Bank Arena

PSD Bank Arena has hosted a number of events in the past, including: 

  • Exhibitions
  • E-sport tournaments
  • Trade fairs
  • Meetings
  • Party conferences
  • Lectures
  • Workshops

With several corporate boxes and event spaces, this stadium is frequently used for business meetings, which makes sense as Frankfurt is Germany’s financial capital. 

What to Know Before You Go

There are four grandstands to choose from when you’re buying tickets for a match at PSD Bank Arena. The main stand runs along the length of the field, and features business seating, press seating, and corporate boxes, as well as 1,000+ regular seats. 

The counter stand on the opposite side features 2,000+ seats, many of which are covered to protect from the elements. The south stand is a standing-only section where the supporter groups are based, and is generally the loudest area. Only book tickets in this section if you’re ready to get crazy with the home fans! 

The north stand seats almost 4,800 and is the largest stand, though it’s completely uncovered. Each grandstand has its own entrances, as well as separate restroom facilities and food and drink options. 

What the Fans Say

PSD Bank Arena is certainly an older stadium, and could do with an upgrade in some regards, as fans note that some of the seats are damaged or broken. Despite being a smaller stadium, PSD Bank Arena develops a good atmosphere on game days, whether you’re there for a FSV Frankfurt match or to catch some American football. 

How to Get There

Despite being just a 15 minute drive from the city of Frankfurt, parking is quite limited at PSD Bank Arena, and it’s generally recommended to take public transport instead. The easiest way is to use the Line 14 tram, a 15-20 minute ride from Frankfurt (Main) Römer/Paulskirchen to Frankfurt (Main) Ernst-May-Platz, or take the subway to Johanna Tesch Square. 

Insider Tip

Despite being close to the city, dining options are limited around PSD Bank Arena, and fans note that the food options inside the stadium can be hit or miss. I’d recommend eating in Frankfurt before or after the game for better, more delicious options. 

Catch the Action at These Frankfurt Football Venues Soon!

As you can see, there are a lot of options if you’re in Frankfurt and looking to catch a match. I’d recommend checking out an Eintracht Frankfurt game at Deutsche Bank Park for the best atmosphere and overall experience. If you can’t get your hands on tickets, try watching the women’s team play at Stadion am Brentanobad. 

Wherever you decide to go, make sure you’re ready to cheer, enjoy a cold beer, and take in the unmatched atmosphere that only German football fans can create.