- Club name: 1. FSV Mainz 05 II
- Ground name: Stadion am Bruchweg
- Year ground opened: 1929
- Capacity: 18,000
- Web Site: http://www.mainz05.de/
The Stadion am Bruchweg
The Stadion am Bruchweg has been Mainz 05's home for 74 years, until the club moved to the new stadium a bit further to the east, the Coface Arena. Nowadays, the second team (under 23s) uses the stadium for it's matches in the 3. Liga, the Youth team (under 19s) play there Bundesliga matches here as well. Looking at the layout, one can see that the Coface Arena was modeled after the Stadion am Bruchweg: rectangular shape with corners not connected between the stands. The stadium has seen quite a few changes over the years, quite logically, as Mainz was even playing 1. Bundesliga matches.
The four stands are quite different in size and structure, the main stand, also called the DBV-Winterthur-Tribüne, an all-seater stand, is the only cantilevered stand, thus newer than the other stands. Opposite the main stand is the ORGENTEC-Tribüne, which houses away suppoerters on its right side, the upper part is seating space, the lower part is standing space across the whole width, which is quite unsual. On the small sides, there is the TELCO-Tribüne in the south, which is constructed out of steel pipes, it is standing space only and houses Mainz' supporters. The north stand (DPD-Tribüne) shows Mainz' crest in the seats and is an all-seater stand. Of note are two noise protection walls on the sides of the opposite main stand, which are designed to 'keep emotions [and noiser, more importantly] in'. The floodlights are very classical, 4 huge pylons in the open corners of the stadium.
All in all definitely one of the nicer grounds in the 3. Liga, I'm curious as to how many spectators usually will watch the games of Mainz II.
How To Get There...
By Car & Where To Park
If you come by car, the address of the Stadion am Bruchweg is "Dr.-Martin-Luther-King-Weg 6751, 55122 Mainz".
There are 500 free parking spaces directly besides the stadium, otherwise just take a look around the area. The university is close by, the nearest parking lot should be at Dalheimer Weg, which is a little bit over a mile away.
By Public Transportation
The stadium is so close to the main station it's not really worth to take a bus, but if you are so inclined, lines 64 and 65 depart from outside the main station (city side) and will drop you off after three stops at station 'King-Park-Center/Stadion 05'.
The stadium is located very close to the main station and thus you can easily walk to the ground. Exit the main station to the west, do not go into the city center. The only thing in the way between the main station and the stadium is a resdiental area, so basically just bear west until you reach the stadium, the distance is only about half a mile.
You can as well take a slightly longer route if you are unsure of the way, take the same exit from the station, turn right onto Binger Straße, take a slight right onto Saarstraße and then turn right into Dr.-Martin-Luther-King-Weg and you should already be able to see the stadium. The distance this way is still only about a mile.
Mainz II has never been playing as high as in the season 2014/15, where they will be starting in the 3. Liga. Spectator numbers will be higher than the quite low numbers as of yet, but usually 2nd teams don't pull in great crowds, so don't expect a sellout.
- Season 2013/14: 881 (4.9%)*
- Season 2012/13: 464 (2.6%)*
- Season 2011/12: 394 (2.2%)**
*: Mainz II was playing Regionalliga Südwest
**: Mainz II was playing Regionalliga West Last updated 1.06.2014, Source: http://www.transfermarkt.de/