The AufSchalke Arena is located in Berger Field, the geographical middle of Gelsenkirchen, in the direct line of sight of the old Park Stadium. The new
arena was constructed to replace Park Stadium during the 2001-02 National League soccer season due to problems of mining subsidence.
The design for the 225-meter-long, 187-meter-wide, 53,5-meter-tall structure was the result of the requirement that the stadium be multifunctional.
Because the structure’s use is not dependent upon good weather, in addition to its main function as a soccer stadium with seating for 60,000 fans, AufSchalke Arena can also be used to host fairs, exhibitions, concerts and other large-scale events.