EURO 2024 venue profile: RB Arena, Leipzig

The successor to the old Zentralstadion can seat over 40,000 fans.

Leipzig’s RB Arena
Leipzig’s RB Arena UEFA via Getty Images

The most substantial city in Saxony, with a population of 600,000, Leipzig played a crucial role in German history. The peaceful, late-1989 Monday demonstrations in the East Germany city captured the mood as Germany moved toward reunification.

RB Arena

Home to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, the RB Arena opened in 2004, having been rebuilt inside the shell of the old Zentralstadion, the biggest stadium in the former East Germany.

With a capacity of over 40,000 for football games, the RB Arena was still known as the Zentralstadion when it staged matches at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005 as well as three group games and a round of 16 fixture at the FIFA World Cup the following year.

The arena features a state-of-the-art roof which was designed to provide superior acoustics. As a result, it is a popular venue for concerts, with Tina Turner, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen all experiencing the excellent sound it offers.

Three things to do

Follow in Goethe's footsteps

Auerbachs Keller
Auerbachs KellerGetty Images

Central Leipzig has had a major overhaul in recent decades, with the famous Auerbachs Keller also receiving an upgrade. Writer and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a regular here during his student days from 1765-68, basing part of Faust at Auerbachs Keller.

Commune with Bach

Renovated since reunification, the Thomaskirche was Johann Sebastian Bach's place of work for 30 years, where he took charge of the famous boys' choir (the Thomanerchor). The choir's repertoire focuses on Bach at the church three times a week.

Get a panoramic view

The impressive Völkerschlachtdenkmal (translation: monument to the battle of the nations) marks Napoleon's defeat in Leipzig. It is almost 100m tall but the 500-step journey to the observation platform is well worth it for a different perspective on the city.