Goosebumps guaranteed: The many faces of the VELTINS-Arena


The Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen will host four UEFA EURO 2024 matches. Stadium operations may differ from regular matches during the European Championships, for example with regard to stadium regulations (such as the smoking ban and baggage policy), the parking situation, customer service, information on tickets and many other procedures relating to the match day.

Fans are therefore asked to inform themselves via the official event guide and in the UEFA EURO 2024 app.


A unique variety of programs, technical superlatives and a captivating atmosphere make the VELTINS-Arena the most impressive multifunctional arena in Europe. With its successful mix of entertainment, sport and music events, it continues to set new standards.

Where emotions are at home

Since its opening in 2001, the VELTINS-Arena has established itself throughout Europe. Today the largest open-air stage, tomorrow the home ground of FC Schalke 04, the day after tomorrow a ski slope, exhibition grounds, opera house, ice stadium or boxing temple - the VELTINS-Arena is a true quick-change artist. It can be converted for almost any type of event in just a few hours.

Spectator magnet VELTINS-Arena

More than 18 million people have already seen international and national music highlights such as U2, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Herbert Grönemeyer or PUR, listened to opera productions such as Carmen and Aida or cheered on sporting events such as the biathlon at Schalke, the world record attendance at the 2010 Ice Hockey World Championships, the Klitschko boxing events and the 2004 Champions League final.

Soccer temple and home ground of FC Schalke 04

The home ground of Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 regularly attracts up to 62,271 spectators. However, the VELTINS-Arena enjoys a particularly good reputation as a venue for Bundesliga, European Cup and international matches, and not just nationally. "The world has never seen a stadium like this," enthused FIFA President Joseph Blatter at the opening ceremony. The European soccer association UEFA classified the multifunctional venue in its highest category to be awarded as a "five-star stadium" and added "The venue more than meets the requirements and could even be rated as a 'six-star stadium'."

World-class high-tech

The arena consistently sets new standards, and not just in terms of its multifunctionality. State-of-the-art stage and sound technology, the huge video cube, the retractable pitch, movable stands, the lockable roof and the chip technology-based payment method of the Knappenkarte are just some of the technical highlights that make the arena a true masterpiece.

A special place to indulge yourself

Visitors experience first-class service, maximum comfort and all this in an appealing ambience with our extensive hospitality offers, which leave nothing to be desired. Whether in the LaOla Business Club, the Glückauf Club or Schalker Markt, in the Tibulsky, in one of 81 boxes, 9 event boxes or in the 3 event lounges Klodt/Kalwitzki/Libuda, only one thing applies: sit back and enjoy top-class entertainment!

The chapel

Baptisms, weddings, funerals, ecumenical services: The chapel in the VELTINS-Arena is more than just a place of peace and reflection. Well over 2000 children have now been baptized here, 1000 weddings and anniversaries celebrated, the deceased commemorated, prayers said for victims of disasters and lights lit.

It was the first chapel of its kind in Germany and was inaugurated on August 12, 2001. Artist Alexander Jokisch designed it as an extension of the center line on the pitch. The chapel is intended to provide a counterpoint to the noisy stadium. It sees itself as a place for people's lives and questions. It is an ecumenical meeting place across denominations. The chapel at Schalke is a sheltered space of peace, joy, prayer and pastoral care in the heart of the arena.

The work in the chapel is accompanied by the Protestant pastor Ernst-Martin Barth (Hausfeld 8, 45891 Gelsenkirchen, phone 0209|72723, mobile 0170|6283714) and the Catholic pastor Georg Rücker (mobile 0173|2954665).

The dates for your inquiries depend on the schedule of the VELTINS-Arena.