|Address||Fritz-Walter Straße 11, 67653 Kaiserslautern|
Fritz Walter Stadion is a stadium situated in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It is mainly shared by 1. FC Kaiserslautern as well as the 2. Bundesliga football club. In 2006, the ground hosted the FIFA World Cup.
The name of the stadium was inspired by Fritz Walter, a local hero, who was a player of the Kaiserslautern club and a captain of the national football team of Germany that won the FIFA World Cup in 1954. The stadium’s nickname is “Betze,” because it was constructed on the Betzenberg hill in 1920.
The total capacity of Fritz Walter Stadion is 48,500 people. It was significantly renovated for the 2006 World Cup. The work began in 2002 and lasted for three years. 18,000 standing places were demolished so that more seats could be added. All in all, the capacity of the stadium became 10,000 seats more. There also were added a floodlight system as well as a media center. The redevelopment was fully completed in 2005. The total costs of the renovation reached 76.5 million euro.
The highest attendance at the stadium was 50,754 people. It was recorded in 2006 during the match between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
How to get to
There is a railway station close to the stadium. It was built for the World Cup events.