It's the heart and soul of the club, and THE place for football fans in Salzburg to be - the Red Bull Arena, of course! Our ground, built in 2003 and expanded for EURO 2008 is a real home for our fans and has been the stage of so many legendary encounters over the recent past - in Austrian and European football.
With 30,188 seats (European capacity - 29,520), our home is one of the largest and most modern stadiums in Austria and provides a first-class stadium experience to all visitors. In addition to the business area completely renovated in 2021, the North Curve is another eye-catching element. Our organised fan scene flocks there and drives our boys on with their passionate support - plus plenty of choreographed fan displays.
Since 2019, the entire Red Bull Arena has used a cashless payment system to make paying at the 39 kiosks of the Arena easier and avoid long waits. We accept all usual payment methods - debit and credit cards (except Diners Club and American Express), smartphone and smartwatches. Just hold them against the payment device and you're done. For any fans who do not have any of these means of payment, you can just buy an ARENAKARTE at the Bullshop on the East Side of the Red Bull Arena and top it up with as much as you like.
Smoke-free match days
We don't want you to wait around at the Arena, and we also don't want nasty smells - which is why there is a total smoking ban on the stadium grounds. As a family-friendly ground with a large section for children and youngsters, we want to actively boost the environment and health. We want everyone to be happy and healthy, after all - especially our youngest Bulls.
In order to ensure the sustainable use of plastic cups, every beaker given out at the Red Bull Arena is subject to a reusable deposit (€2-). The cups can be returned during or after the match at the kiosks or at any of the cup return stations at exits. Deposits will be returned automatically in a cashless way to the payment method used (debit card, credit card, smart phone, smartwatch, ARENAKARTE etc.). We also offer socially engaged fans the opportunity to donate their deposits after the match to a good cause by leaving their cups at special signposted collection points.
You can mix with other fans to get in the mood for the match in the best possible way, prove your own footballing talent or stock up on food or drink before kick-off - all this is possible at our Fanpark on the west side of Red Bull Arena. It is THE place for Bulls' fans before kick-off - as food and drink, passion for our team plus fun and games are all brought to one place. It features a varied side programme with autograph sessions, prize games and much more. You just have to come along!
The best possible match experience for big and small! Our youngest Bulls are in the perfect place at the Bullidikidz Arena on match days. Also located at the Fanpark West, there is an action-packed programme for all fans aged between 3 and 14 here. Always under the guidance of professional childcare staff, of course.
- September 2021
It's all new! The VIP Lounge on the west side of the Red Bull Arena, which had become a little dated, was expanded to fit up to 700 guests per match day and made into a modern business area. It meets all the very latest standards and amazes with its spacious rooms, top-class interior and the usual superb premium catering from DO & CO.
- September 2019
After such a long wait, the first ever UEFA Champions League match was held at the Red Bull Arena as FC Salzburg faced KRC Genk. Our Salzburg side were in incredible form, brushing the Belgian champions aside with a sensational 6-2 win. It was a truly memorable Champions League night. Two more followed that season that left a deep impression on the players and fans alike.
- June 2018
From the 2018/19 season, the Upper Tier of the Red Bull Arena was opened only to season-ticker holders at Austrian Bundesliga and cup matches. That reduced the capacity at Austrian matches to 17,218, ensuring for a more compact and better atmosphere. The full stadium can still be opened for European matches.
- 8 March 2018
New record attendance! Salzburg's sensational UEFA Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund attracted 29,520 spectators (a record in a European match) as we made a European quarter-final for the first time. We went as far as the semi-finals, exiting the competition proudly with a 2-1 home win against Olympique Marseille.
- May 2014
At the end of the 2013/14 season, a change was made to our fan sectors. The Salzburg fans were moved from the South to the North Curve, which allowed the capacity for European matches to be raised slightly to 29,520. The Salzburg fans soon made themselves at home, getting well known for their impressive fan choreographies.
- 27 February 2014
Salzburg stuns Europe! After a dominant UEFA Europa League group stage saw us take six wins out of six matches. Dutch giants Ajax were hammered 3-1 in Salzburg in front of a delighted full house with 29,320 fans at the Red Bull Arena. Our Red Bulls' European journey ended only in the last 16 against FC Basel.
- 18 January 2014
David v Goliath! 30,188 spectators braved the cold at the Red Bull Arena to see a tasty friendly match against the mighty Bayern Munich. Thanks to the incredible support, our boys pulled off a shock 3-0 win (Goals: Soriano, Mané, Zulj) against a seemingly unstoppable Bayern side.
- 31 July 2013
Another milestone came in July 2013 - a new record attendance of 28,793 came to a UEFA Champions League qualifying match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Fenerbahce. It was the first time the Red Bull Arena was sold out for a competitive match.
- July 2008
With EURO 2008 over, a new era in Austrian Bundesliga football began in Salzburg. The Upper Tier opened for Austrian matches too, almost doubling the capacity of the Red Bull Arena to 30,188 for Austrian and European matches.
What a festival of football! Around 90,000 fanatical spectators came to three UEFA Euro 2008 group stage matches in Salzburg – including a 2-1 win for eventual champions Spain against reigning champions Greece.
- 25 July 2007
The Gunners are coming! There could not have been more fitting opponents for our stadium re-opening. Over 30,000 spectators came to the Red Bull Arena, which was sold out for the first time as Alexander Zickler, Niko Kovac & Co beat a star-studded Arsenal side with superstar Robin van Persie 1-0 (H/T:0-0). Vladimir Janocko scored the winner with a great long-range effort with 15 minutes remaining.
- 6 May 2006
Building work started on the stadium expansion ahead of the 2008 European championship. An upper tier was added to the 18,250 seats in the lower tier, increasing the overall capacity to over 30,000.
- June 2005
As part of the takeover of our club by Red Bull GmbH in spring 2005, all the areas of the stadium were adapted and brought to an international standard. The stunning ground was also given the name it bears today - the Red Bull Arena.
- 8 March 2003
After close to 15 months of construction work, the 18,250-capacity Arena was officially opened with an Austrian Bundesliga match: SV Wüstenrot Salzburg 1-1 FC Kärnten (Endstand 1:1).
- 10 October 2001
Something special was about to happen! At the start of October, work began on a new stadium for Euro 2008 in the suburb of Wals-Siezenheim on the edge of Salzburg. Great effort went into completing the stadium project. The owner was SWS-Stadion Wals-Salzburg GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Land-Invest Salzburger Baulandsicherungsgesellschaft.
See our home up close and personal
Would you like to take a glimpse behind the curtains at the Red Bull Arena? Or better still - feel what it's like to play here, chat with the media, get into the mood for the big match in the dressing room or enter the pitch under the noisy sound system? Or to experience it all in virtual reality? Find out about our fantastic Arena Tours and look forward to a real experience at the Red Bull Arena with our experienced guides!
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