Bayern Munich always thinks big, and that certainly applies to their stadium. The Allianz Arena is the only stadium in the world that can be fully illuminated from the outside. This week, Bayern’s beacon is our Stadium of the Week.
Every home game of Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena is full to the last seat. The 75,000 spots are occupied by the fanatical fans from Bavaria and the 40 million tourists every year who want to see Germany’s most successful club play live. The atmosphere is especially electric during the Oktoberfest and games against rivals such as FC Nürnberg and Borussia Dortmund. Before every match, the supporters sing the song “Stern des Südens” (“Star of the South”) to declare their love to the club from Southern Germany.
LIGHT SHOW ON THE OUTSIDE
Due to the special building construction, the Allianz Arena has been compared with many things. Some see a marshmallow in it, others a white pool float, an inflatable boat or a car tire. The white blocks on the outside are cushions, filled with air and illuminated with different colors. When FC Bayern Munich plays at home, the stadium is highlighted in red. When they played against 1860 Munich, which also played in the Allianz Arena until 2017, one half was red and the other half was blue. It is even possible to show dynamic light shows with many colors, but at the request of the Munich police, it is kept with some colors, because drivers on the highway past the stadium got distracted and caused accidents.
Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich played in the Grünwalder Stadium until 1972. In that year a new stadium was delivered for the Olympic Games: the Olympiastadion, with a capacity of 69,000 seats. Both clubs played here until 2005, when they moved to the new Allianz Arena together. The stadium bears the name of sponsor Allianz AG, a German insurance company. Stadiums elsewhere in the world have also received the name Allianz, for example Allianz Stadium from Juventus, Allianz Riviera from OGC Nice and Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo from Palmeiras.
1860 Munich was forced to leave the stadium in 2017 due to financial difficulties and the relegation to the amateurs. The second club from Munich now plays again in the old Grünwalder Stadium.
LARGEST PARKING IN EUROPE
Bayern Munich likes to think big. The museum in the stadium is the largest club museum in Germany, with no less than three thousand square meters. The parking garage in the stadium is even the largest in Europe with 11,000 places.
The Allianz Arena is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe, but a lot of football history has already been written. In 2006, six World Cup matches were played here, including the opening match Germany – Costa Rica and the semi-finals Portugal – France. The Allianz Arena is also on the list of stadiums for the 2020 European Championship, which has been postponed to 2021.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL AT HOME
In 2012, the Allianz Arena was the stage of the Champions League final. Bayern Munich faced Chelsea in the final battle. Unique, because never before had a club played the CL final in its own stadium. Unfortunately for the Bayern fans present, Chelsea took the cup. The following year, Bayern did win the Champions League by beating rival Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Arjen Robben made the winning goal in the last minute of regular time.
In 2018, the stadium was given a makeover, incorporating the Bayern logo into the stands, painting the stairs red, and posting photos of club history throughout the stadium. The German top club can play in this stadium for many years to come.
Do you want to travel to the most successful club in Germany? As soon as the game is being played again, we will get you to see Bayern Munich playe live.