Allianz Arena – one of the most modern stadiums

Munich - Allianz ArenaMunich - Allianz Arena 23.10.2013: The Allianz Arena is one of the most modern and amazing football stadiums in the world. Let’s look a bit closer at the home stadium of Bayern Munich. The Allianz Arena is still a “baby” compared to other European super stadiums. It was opened on 30 May 2005, its age can therefore be counted on the fingers of both hands. Yet, over such a short time the arena witnessed many football events. It hosted the 2006 World Cup or the recent final match of the Champions League, which will bring many more sleepless nights to some members of the Bayern management.

Plans for construction of a new stadium for both Munich clubs were put forward by the beginning of the 21st century, but a firm decision was made on 21st October 2001. It was decided that the existing Olympiastadion, home of Bayern Munich, will be enlarged and at the same time a new, ultra modern stadium will be built on the outskirts of Munich. Two Frenchmen, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, were appointed as architects of the project, and construction works could begin. .

The construction started by laying a foundation stone, which took place on 21st October 2002, and it took three years. The result of the works was not merely a stadium, it was a landmark Germany could boast of. Nicknamed Die Schlauchboot, which means “inflatable boat”, the stadium cost approximately 340 million EUR. The Arena was officially opened on 30 May, and on the occasion Munich 1860 played an exhibition match against 1. FC Nuremberg. The home team won the match 3-2. In the first Bundesliga match played at the stadium Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0. First Champions League match took place at the arena on 27 September 2005. Bayern played Brugge and defeated them as well.
    Photo: Maximilian Dörrbecker, Original; License: CC by-sa 2.5

The stadium can hold up to 69,901 people, and also 10,500 cars or 350 buses. The facade of the stadium consists of 2,760 inflated panels, which can be lit up in different colours, according to the team, which is currently playing a home match. When FC Bayern is playing, the stadium is lit up in red, when TSV Munich 1860 is playing, it is lit up in blue, and when the German national team is playing, it is lit up in white.

The stadium can also be lit up in combination of blue and red or in the colours of the German national flag. Inside the stadium there is an area of 6,000 m² entirely occupied by catering facilities. In the course of one match the vendors usually sell more than 20,000 sausages, 40,000 beers and 15,000 soft drinks. The locker rooms, both for the home and visiting teams, take up an area of more than 65.5 m². It may seem unbelievable that 460 kilometres of cables are running through the stadium. The cables run so long that they would cover the distance between Plzeň and Berlin. Apart from the stadium announcer fans can also get information from two video walls covering the area of 100m².
  Allianz Arena zu verschiedenen Zeiten Photo: Richard Bartz, Original; License: CC by-sa 2.5  

Because of the Allianz Arena, two more lanes were added to the motorway A9, and there is an exit from the motorway A99 for the arena. A new underground station (called U-bahn in Germany) was added and two stations were expanded – Fröttmaning and München Marienplatz.

As the number of fans was increasing the management of both Munich clubs decided in 2012 to increase the capacity of the stadium. So, from this summer on the stadium will have a capacity of 71,000 – instead of the original capacity of 69,000. Bayern holds the record for the number of sold-out home matches. The last time when a home match was not sold-out was in 2008! In 2005, a corruption scandal was uncovered, and as a result the then President of Munich 1860 and some other people were sentenced to four years in prison.

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