Matching the VfB Stuttgart's return to the 1. German Bundesliga, the Mercedes-Benz Arena is receiving a new roof membrane. The original roof of the stadium was built for the World Athletics Championships in 1993 and spanned a total area of approximately 37,000 m². In 2011 the venue was converted into a soccer stadium. During this extension, the existing construction was enlarged by an additional inner roof ring, which will however be unaffected by the current measures.
In spring 2017, the construction work to renew the protection against corrosion has been carried out on the steel substructure of the roof. Since the end of the soccer season the membrane panels of the old roof, which were able to withstand the German weather conditions for almost 25 years, are being exchanged. The 40 individual panels are covered with a PVC-coated PES fabric. An additional titanium oxide coating ensures improved self-cleaning and allows a long and economic lifetime of up to 30 years.
The work will be completed just in time for the first Bundesliga match at the end of August, with the new roof membrane shining in brilliant white.