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The Zentralstadion (Central Stadium), located in Leipzigmarker, Saxonymarker, Germanymarker, is the premier football facility in the former East Germanymarker. It has served as the home of FC Sachsen Leipzig which will soon make way for RB Leipzig the latest football team property of energy drink maker Red Bull. A new licensing agreement with the company will see the facility renamed.


In 1956, the first Zentralstadionmarker opened, at the time it was the biggest stadium in Germany being able to hold 100,000 spectators. However, over the years it fell in to disuse and was costing the city too much to maintain. In 1997, the city of Leipzig decided to build a new stadium within the old stadium, a modern state of the art stadium only for football. The new stadium was built from December 2000 till March 2004.

The Zentralstadion hosted four group matches and a round of 16 game in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A year earlier, it was also one of the venues for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and hosted three matches of the tournament, including the third-place match. Since 2005, the Zentralstadion is also regular host of the German League Cup final.


There are bridges built over the old stadium to connect with the new stadium. The roof has an integrated floodlight design and is designed to provide supierior acoustics. The grass area is 120 m x 80 m, the actual playing field is 105 m x 68 m. It has been integrated into the area surrounding the stadium by large amounts of trees and other greenery.

External Dimensions

  • North to South: 230 m
  • East to West: 210 m
  • Height to Roof: 46.5 m
  • Roof Area: 28,100 m²
  • Map Coordinates: 51° 20' 44" N; 12° 20' 54" E

2006 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only one located in the territory of the former GDRmarker.

The following games were played at the stadium during the World Cup of 2006:

Date Time(CET) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Spectators
2006-06-11 15.00 Serbia and Montenegro 0-1 Netherlands Group C 37,216
2006-06-14 15.00 Spain 4-0 Ukraine Group H 43,000
2006-06-18 21.00 France 1-1 Korea Republic Group G 43,000
2006-06-21 16.00 Iran 1-1 Angola Group D 38,000
2006-06-24 21.00 Argentina 2-1 (AET) Mexico Round of 16 43,000

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