Arena Auf Schalke
Special solutions for special projects

REX keeps the big picture in consideration. Fire protection not only means taking into account the individual conditions of the building, but also the geological circumstances of the building site.


The goal was to develop highly specialised fire protection materials that can withstand the extreme conditions of an arena fire. Custom solutions also had to be developed for the special architecture of the structure, which is made up of huge grandstand segments.


The Arena auf Schalke site is a former mining area with a ramified tunnel system. In order to withstand the possible building movements, statically decoupled segments were used in the construction, separated from one another by large joints. REX developed shape-retaining joint filler segments with Litaflex SM30 and Flaton joint sealants especially for this case. Their special one-sided fastening guarantees fire safety even during large fluctuations.

In order to adapt product development specifically to the characteristics and needs of the arena, close correspondence with the architects and builders was indispensable. Everything to capture the precise dimensions and characteristics of the structure and customise REX fire protection products to meet specific needs. 
Assembly planning
Testing in the laboratory can rarely reflect the same conditions that exist in the field. In view of this, REX employees convinced themselves of the full functionality of their products at the construction site in Gelsenkirchen and tested the fire protection joint fillings in their application technology and at the Materials Testing Office of North Rhine-Westphalia. 
The result
An arena that can seat more than 60,000 spectators and safely and reliably withstand even major ground and building fluctuations – even in extreme situations.
Project summary

In addition to various sports competitions, the Arena Auf Schalke, now Veltins Arena, is a venue for the most multifaceted cultural events, from rock concerts to opera performances. As a performance centre for these major social events, its builders have a special responsibility to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands of visitors each year

REX´s involvement in such a large project demonstrates its competence, flexibility and reliability, all of which a wide range of large companies rely on.

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