standard Allianz Arena , Bayern Munich’s stadium

Allianz Arena is Bayern Munich’s football stadium situated in the north of Munich , Germany . The financial services provider, Allianz,  purchased the rights to name the stadium for 30 years . FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich have played their home games at Allianz Arena since the start of 2005-2006 Bundesliga season .

Allianz Arena - Bayern Munich Stadium

Allianz Arena - Munich

The stadium is located at the northern edge of Munich’s borough of Schwabing on the Fröttmaning Heath. It is the first stadium in the world that has a full changing color outside. During the 2006 World Cup it was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich and it will be the venue for 2012 UEFA Champions League Final .

Facts

  • Stadium: 258 m x 227 m x 50 m
  • Playing level: 120 m x 83 m
  • Gross grass area: 111 m x 72 m
  • Playing field: 105 m x 68 m
  • Parking garage: 270,000 m²
  • Capacity : 69,901 spectators

On May 30, 2005, TSV 1860 München played an exhibition game against FC Nuremberg. The next day the record German champions Bayern Munich played a game against the German national team. Both games had been sold out since early March 2005. These were the first games ever played on Allianz Arena .

Allianz Arena stadium colors

Allianz Arena colors

Allianz Arena also offers three day-care centers, two fan shops, the FC Bayern Munich Megastore and the TSV 1860 München Allianz Arena Megastore. Merchandise is offered at stands all along the inside of the exterior wall inside the area behind the seats. Numerous restaurants and fast food establishments are also located around the stadium.

There are four team locker rooms (one each for the two home teams and their respective opponents), four coaches’ locker rooms and two locker rooms for referees. Two areas are provided where athletes can warm up (approx. 110 m² each). There are also 550 toilets and 190 monitors in the arena.

Construction and Cost

The cost of the construction was €286 million but financing costs raised that figure to a total of €340 million. In addition, the city and State incurred approximately €210 million for area development and infrastructure improvements.

The arena facade is constructed of allmost 3000 ETFE-foil air panels that are kept inflated with dry air to a differential pressure of 0.038 hPa . The panels appear white from far away but when examined closely, there are little dots on the panels. When viewed from far away, the eye combines the dots and sees white. When viewed close up however, it is possible to see through the foil. The foil has a thickness of 0.2 mm. Each panel can be independently lit with white, red, or blue light. The intention is to light the panels at each game with the colors of the respective home team, or white if the home team is the German national football team. (In the US, a similar scheme will be used for the New Meadowlands Stadium, which will light up in blue for the Giants, green for the Jets, and red for a concert.)

Visiting Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena , Bayern Munich Stadium

Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena Inside View

Allianz Arena Inside View

On days when no matches are scheduled, you can take a 75-minute Arena Tour for a modest fee. The tour includes a film about the construction of the arena, followed by visits to the players’ dressing rooms, the player tunnel, the press club, commentators’ positions, seating areas, and private boxes. Specialized architecture, gastronomic, and handicapped tours are also available.

The tour schedule varies, and published tour times aren’t always observed, so I’d suggest checking the “Arena Tour” page at the Allianz Arena official website  . While you’re at the stadium, you can also visit the “Markenwelt” or “World of Brands” shops, eat at the Restaurant Arena A La Carte or Kiosk 6, or let your kids sample the Lego Spielwelt.

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