A structure that sets benchmarks: in summer 2011, BAM Sports completed this distinctive stadium for FSV Mainz 05 football club. Located just outside the city gates of this German regional capital, the Opel Arena certainly makes a contrast to many other new stadiums. The architectural concept centres around four separate stands, each framed by a huge, red goalpost arch. With its four single-tier stands, this edifice is evocative of the UK’s classic, atmospheric stadiums of old: very close to the pitch, steep and with a high proportion of standing-only areas – for a good 13,800 out of the total maximum crowd of 33,500.
Particularly eye-catching is the stadium roof, which plays with the light thanks to transparent elements. The spectacular gateway that welcomes main visitors is also the main stand, comprised of five fully equipped storeys. A striking square block juts out of the façade in this part of the building – the almost 3,000 square meter VIP lounge. You can access the inside directly from here – and plunge straight into a steep, red inferno.