Club: 1. FSV Mainz 05 | Opening: 2011 | Capacity: 33,305 (13,805 standing)
History and description
The MEWA Arena, previously known as Coface Arena and Opel Arena, opened in 2011 and replaced Mainz’s Stadion am Bruchweg. Construction of the new stadium had begun in 2009 and was completed 22 months later.
The Opel Arena officially opened on 4 July 2011, whereas the first football match was played on 19 July with a mini-tournament of Mainz, Dortmund, Bayern, and Hamburg.
The stadium was initially called Coface Arena following a naming rights deal with insurer Coface, but got renamed Opel Arena in July 2016 following a new deal. In 2021, the stadium changed name again to MEWA Arena.
How to get to the MEWA Arena
The MEWA Arena is located on the western edge of the city of Mainz, slightly more than 4 kilometres from Mainz historic centre and the main rail station.
The stadium is easy to reach from the A60 motorway, which runs south and west of the city of Mainz. Take exit 19 Mainz-Fintheim and follow the L419 toward Mainz-Zentrum. The stadium lies on the right side of the road after about 2 kilometres.
If using public transport, catch bus 54 (to Brucknerstraße), 55 (to Th.-Heuss-Straße), or 58 (to Rathausplatz) from the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) to get to the MEWA Arena. Get off at stop Kisselberg/Coface Deutschland. The ride will only take 5 minutes.
Good alternatives are bus 68 and 69. Get off at Ackermannweg (68) or Fachhochschule (69).
On matchdays special shuttle buses run from the main railway station to the stadium.
Address: Eugen-Salomon-Straße 1, 55128 Mainz
Eat, drink, and sleep near the MEWA Arena
The MEWA Arena is located on the edge of the city of Mainz, surrounded by farmlands, quiet residential neighbourhoods, and the University of Mainz campus. There is little around in terms of eating and drinking, which is best done in Mainz’ city centre.
There are no hotels directly near the MEWA Arena, but both Hotel Roemerstein and Park Inn Mainz are only a 15 to 20-minute walk away. The latter is convenient if you arrive by car.
Alternatively, there is a decent number of options in Mainz’ city centre, while you can also stay in nearby Frankfurt, which is a mere half an hour away by train.
FSV Mainz 05 Tickets
Tickets for Mainz 05 matches can be bought online, or in person at the Fanshop at the stadium.
Tickets for most matches will be easily available if bought in advance. If tickets remain available, these can be bought at the ticket windows of the MEWA Arena before the start of the match.
Ticket prices start at €27.00 for a seat behind the goal and range up to €45.00 for a central seat at the long side. Standing costs €13.50. Ticket prices are increased with €2.00 to €11.00 for a few high profile matches.
Mainz offer both mobile tickets and print@home tickets.
FSV Mainz organise guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, dugouts, VIP areas, and press room. The tours last about 90 minutes.
Check the Mainz website for current schedules.
Bookings can be made by email through email@example.com. The tour costs €6.00.
Photos of the MEWA Arena
Mainz05.de – Official website of 1. FC Mainz 05.
Mainz.de – Mainz tourist information.
Mvg-Mainz.de – Mainz public transport information.
Tickets can be ordered online to pick up at the stadium. However, if you pick up on the day of the match there is a fee payable for “admin” – I think it was €3 or €5.
Lots of shuttle buses run from the main station in Mainz to the ground and it’s then a 10 minute walk through farmland. There are plenty of bars and food stalls outside the stadium all running on a cash basis but once inside I think you need a club charge card.
Not a bad ground – plenty of empty seats when I went but a reasonable atmosphere against Hannover 96.