Sports, culture and recreation in the NeckarPark
NeckarPark Stuttgart is unique in its diversity in Europe. Top-class events in the worlds of sports, culture and entertainment are held here throughout the year.
Six World Cup 2006 football matches took place in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, with its 56,000 seats home to the Stuttgart VfB football club. Sports events like the â€¨Stuttgart German Masters show-jumping competition or concerts by world-famous artists are staged in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. Along with the multifunction Porsche-Arena, it forms a double venue unique in Europe which can be put to a wide variety of uses, either in tandem or separately. The arenas are used together, for instance, for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Other venues include the Carl Benz Center, which can be used for a variety of purposes for 300 to 3,000 visitors, SpOrt Stuttgart which houses sports facilities and 20 clubs under one roof, the Reitstadion, the Stadion Festwiese and the Molly â€¨Schauffele Hall.
A new addition in 2011 is the SCHARRena with seating for 2,000. It fills a gap between sports halls – often too small for events – and large venues like the Porsche-Arena. It is intended for larger-scale tournaments in practically all sports and league events. NeckarPark is also home to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart, the VfB club centre, the Kunst-Turn Forum Stuttgart and Stuttgart Olympia Centre.â€¨
A large area of the Neckar Park is taken up by the Cannstatt Wasen, a 35-hectare fun fair site on the banks of the Neckar. The Stuttgart Spring Fair and traditional Cannstatt Fun Fair are held here every year. More than 3.4 million visitors flock to this largest fun fair in Europe annually. In winter, the Wasen offers entertainment in the form of the world-famous artists of the Weltweihnachtszirkus (World Christmas Circus).
Among others, the legendary Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi have already staged open-air concerts here.