Clubs: FC Bayern München | Opening: 2005 | Capacity: 75,000 (15,390 standing)
History and description
The Allianz Arena replaced Munich’s old Olympiastadion. First plans for a new stadium were made in 1997, and even though the city of Munich initially preferred reconstructing the Olympiastadion, they eventually went ahead with the clubs’ proposal for an entire new stadium.
Construction of the Allianz Arena started in October 2002, with a total investment in the project of €340 million.
The first match at the stadium, between TSV 1860 and 1. FC Nürnberg (3-2), was played on the 30th of May 2005. One day later Bayern played a friendly against the German national team (4-2).
The Allianz Arena was one of the playing venues of the 2006 World Cup. During the tournament it hosted, among others, the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica (4-2) and the semi-final between France and Portugal (1-0).
In 2012, the Allianz Arena was the host of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern (1-1).
In recent years, the arena was first expanded with an additional 3,000 seats and then by another 6,000 seats, mainly by creating extra space at the top of the upper tier and implementing optimisations to the stands.
While the Allianz Arena soon turned out to be too small for Bayern, TSV found it more difficult to fill the arena, and struggled with the high rental costs. In 2006, they sold their stake in the arena to Bayern and went on to agree a lease contract. However, they never felt completely at home and in 2017 decided to move back to Grunwalder Stadion, which had been their home until 1995.
The Allianz Arena will be one of the playing venues of the Euro 2020 tournament, hosting three group matches and one quarter-final.