FC Schalke’s 61,000 seated Veltins Arena is definitely one of the more impressive sights in world football. Die Knappen have played there since the stadium opened in 2001 and it has become something of a fortress in German football.
The club known for its close links to the mining industry in Gelsenkirchen recently decided that for the start of the 2014/15 season they would give their player’s tunnel a bit of a refurbishment but they did this in a way that would acknowledge the club’s history and links to the community. The result is an impressive (and pretty intimidating) ‘coal mine’, which gives Schalke probably the most unique tunnel in all of football. Very impressive.