Originally called the Arena AufSchalke, the Veltins Arena was built in 2001 as a new home venue for Bundesliga club Schalke 04. It was built as a multifunctional arena. Although being used for other sports, such as American football, it is primarily used for football (soccer).
The Veltins Arena has been used for many high profile events. In 2004 it hosted the UEFA Champions League final. Its versatility has also been shown when, in May 2004, it hosted a pop concert, a Bundesliga match and an NFL game all within 96 hours. It is therefore not surprising that it was used by FIFA to host five matches in World Cup 2006.
Construction: 1998 - 2001
Matches: Poland 0 : 2 Ecuador (June 9), USA 0 : 3 Czech Republic (June 12), Argentina 6 : 0 Serbia and Montenegro (June 16), Portugal 2 : 1 Mexico (June 21), and quarter-final England 0 : 0 Portugal (July 1) [Portugal won 3 - 1 on penalties]
World Cup 2006 Venues : Olympiastadion, Allianz Arena, Signal Iduna Park, Veltins Arena, Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, AOL Arena, Commerzbank-Arena, Fritz Walter Stadion, Rhein Energy Stadion, AWD Arena, Zentralstadion, easyCredit-Stadion