The Rheinstadion was a multi-purpose stadium
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, in Düsseldorf
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, Germany
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. The stadium was built, near the Rhine, in 1926 and held 55,900 people, at the end of its life.

It was the home ground for Fortuna Düsseldorf
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 from 1953–1970 and 1972-2002. It was used during the 1988 European Championships. In 1995, the Rhein Fire
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, of the World League of American Football
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 became tenants in their inaugural season.

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 performed at the stadium during their Nowhere Else to Roam
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 Tour on May 20, 1993, with The Cult
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 & Suicidal Tendencies
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 as their opening act.

It was demolished in the summer of 2002, after the World Bowl
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 championship game, to be replaced by the Esprit Arena in 2005.
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