Veltins Arena

Germany

The Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen is of the most innovative and modern stadiums in the whole of Europe. Innovative engineering solutions have made it suitable for a wide range of activities. It can function as a concert hall or an exhibition centre, in part due to the roof construction, which can be closed in under 30 minutes when it rains. A unique solution was implemented to protect the precious turf: when the stadium is used for other purposes than football matches, the entire pitch can be rolled in and out of the stadium like a gigantic drawer.