EURO 2024 venue profile: Hamburg Arena, Hamburg

Having hosted games at two World Cups, Hamburger SV’s home is gearing up for its second EURO.

Hamburg Arena
Hamburg Arena UEFA via Getty Images

The third biggest European which is not a national capital, Hamburg (population 1.8 million) has a world-renowned harbour, a rich cultural history and plenty of beautiful old buildings, with its reputation for nightlife making it something of a 'bucket list' city for tourists.

Hamburg Arena

The Hamburg Arena was first opened in 1953 as the Volksparkstadion, but received a significant upgrade in 2000 when it was transformed into a stadium more properly suited for football, with a capacity of nearly 50,000 for international games.

The stadium has hosted matches at three major final tournaments: the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups as well as the 1988 UEFA European Championship. In its current incarnation, it also staged the 2010 UEFA Europa League final, Atlético Madrid beating Fulham 2-1 after extra time.

A venue for boxing events and concerts, the arena is owned by Hamburger SV and for a long time featured a clock that counted the time that the club had been in Germany’s top division. However, the clock has been in storage since HSV suffered their first ever relegation in 2018.

Three things to do

Explore the harbour

The harbour in Hamburg
The harbour in HamburgGetty Images/iStockphoto

The gigantic harbour makes up around 10% of Hamburg, with around 35,000 people employed in the Europe's third busiest port. The Speicherstadt (translation: warehouse city) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while a boat trip around the whole harbour region is highly recommended.

See the Elbphilharmonie

A towering concert venue on the side of the River Elbe, the Elbphilharmonie's spectacular curved glass front looks amazing from the outside, and the acoustics inside are even better. Nearby, meanwhile, is the Miniatur Wunderland: the world's largest model railway.

Go out in St Pauli

Based around the famous Reeperbahn, St Pauli is the heart of Hamburg's nightlife. No longer as disreputable as it was when the Beatles were a resident band there in the early 1960s, it is a tourist attraction for all ages – and the place to be for those looking to stay out late at the weekend.