- Club name: SC Paderborn
- Ground name: Benteler-Arena
- Year ground opened: 2008
- Capacity: 15,000
- Web Site: http://www.scpaderborn07.de/
The Benteler-Arena is currently the 1. Bundesliga's smallest stadium, as it fits only 15,000 spectators. It supposedly holds another record, around 2,000 bycicle stands around the stadium seem to be European record. Another thing of notice is that due to complaints of residents, no events may be hosted after 22:00, which means Paderborn can't play home games on Friday (1. Bundesliga) or Monday (2. Bundesliga). I've got one more interesting fact for you: the Stadion Miejski w Gliwicach in Gliwice in Poland is basically an identical twin of the Benteler-Arena, with the exception of being an all-seater with a capacity of only 10,037 spectators.
The ground was meant to be a quick replacement for the ageing Hermann-Löns-Stadion, due to problems during the construction phase it took three years instead of half a year to finish the stadium and finally open it in July 2008. The stadium was built from scratch, quite unusal in comparison to other newly built stadiums is the inside: the playing field is level, but the lowest row of the stands is about 7 feet high, which results in excellent view on the pitch from all areas. Below the stands are the toilets, concession stands, etc. The stadium is fully covered and the stands on each side are identical, the corners are closed, so the stands are continuous. The stands on the long sides are seatings stands, the stands on the short sidesoffer standing space.
Home supporters are located in the south stand (blocks P and O), which is standing space only, as well as in parts of the north stand (blocks C and D). The remainder of the north stand (blocks E and F) is dedicated to visiting supporters, seating space for visitors is directly around the corner in block G.
How To Get There...
By Car & Where To Park
If you come by car, the address of the Benteler-Arena is "Im Quinhagen 100, 33104 Paderborn, Deutschland".
However, there's only VIP and press parking at the stadium, so follow the signs to free parking lots P2 - P6. These parkings lots are either in 'Stedener Feld' or 'Heinz-Nixdorf-Ring' and only about half a mile away from the stadium, additionally you might be lucky and find a free shuttle bus going to the stadium. Anyway, you cannot find a parking space closer to the stadium as the area is quite rural, so there are no residental areas closer to the stadium than the official parking lots.
By Public Transportation
The ground is easily reachable by bus and you can use it free of charge with a ticket two hours prior to and two hours after kick-off. From the city center, take bus number 6 (direction 'Sande'), from the main station, take bus number 68 (direction 'Sande') and exit at the stop 'Arena/Almeaue'.
The ground is on the outskirts of the city, but as Paderborn is quite small, you can take a walk of a little bit about 2 miles in total, though there is nothing much to see on the way. From the main station exit, turn left and take a right at the first road into Rathenaustraße. Follow this road about three quarters of a mile until it ends, at the t-junction turn left into Neuhäuser Straße. After about 200 yards, take a gentle left into Elsner Straße. Just head straight on, let the road turn into Paderborner Straße and you'll eventually reach the stadium.
Padeborn played in the 2. Bundesliga for the last five years and has been recently promoted to the 1. Bundesliga for the first time ever, so it is to be expected that stadium will be sold out most of the time, if not for every game, it's tiny after all. In the 2. Bundesliga, the stadium was only occassionally sold out.
- Season 2011/12: 10,996 (73.3%)*
- Season 2012/13: 8,821 (58.8%)*
- Season 2013/14: 10,201 (68.0%)*
*: Paderborn was playing 2. Bundesliga (2nd division)
Last updated 18.11.2013, Source: http://www.transfermarkt.de/