The RheinEnergieStadion has been rebuilt stand-by-stand in time for the World Cup and the finished article is a compact, 46,000 capacity arena.
The stands are almost on top of the pitch and a far-cry from the former incarnation which had a running track.
The rebuilding process cost £75m over the course of two years until the ground opened its doors in March 2004.
A further two years on, FC Koln's ground will host four group matches and one second-round knockout meeting.
FIXTURES (all times BST)
Sun 11 June (2000): Angola v Portugal (Gp D)
Sat 17 June (2000): Czech Republic v Ghana (Gp E)
Tue 20 June (2000): Sweden v England (Gp B)
Fri 23 June (2000): Togo v France (Gp G)
Mon 26 June (2000): Switzerland v Ukraine (2nd round)
DID YOU KNOW?
Cologne is one of three cities that did not figure in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany that have been chosen this time. The others are Kaiserslautern and Nuremberg.