Clubs: FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München | Opening: 2005 | Capacity: 71,000 (13,500 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).
Shortly after, the arena was expanded with an additional 2,000 seats, mainly by creating extra space at the top of the upper tier.
While the Allianz Arena has already turned out to be too small for Bayern, TSV have found it more difficult to fill the arena, and are furthermore struggling with the high rental costs. They first sold their stake in the arena to Bayern and are now considering building a new and smaller stadium, though no concrete plans have been presented yet.
The Allianz Arena is located on the northern edge of Munich, about 10 kilometres from the city centre.
The stadium lies almost adjacent to both the A9 and A99 motorway. If coming from the A9, take exit 73 München-Fröttmaning-Süd. If arriving from the A99 west, take exit 12b München-Fröttmaning-Nord.
If using public transport, the Allianz Arena is easily reached by metro. Take line 6 in the direction of Garching-Hochbrück and get off at stop Fröttmaning. You can catch line 6 right in Munich’s old city centre at stop Marienplatz. The journey takes about 15 minutes. There are tram connections from both Munich’s large train stations (Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof) to Marienplatz.
Address: Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, München
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Allianz Arena is located on the edge of the city and is bordered by an office and retail park. There is little entertainment around, and you are better off eating and drinking in Munich’s city centre and to just head to the arena to see the match.
There are few hotels in the immediate surroundings of the Allianz Arena. If you are coming in by car and need something close to the arena, then there are a few road-side hotels one metro stop north of the stadium (in Garching-Hochbrück). Both Motel One and Ibis Hotel München Hochbrück are decently priced and get good reviews. Hotel Coro is a nearby alternative.
There are obviously also plenty of hotels in Munich’s city centre, in particular in the area around Munich’s main railway station.
You can buy tickets for FC Bayern games online, or in person at the Bayern ServiceCenter at the Säbener Straße 51-57 (in the south of the city).
Bayern sell out every home league match though and it is nearly impossible for non-members to get tickets, even in pre-sale. An alternative is to try your luck on the official Bayern ticket exchange on viagogo.
Bayern have divided their home matches into two pricing categories. Tickets for Category A matches, the most expensive, range in price from €35.00 for a seat at the upper tier behind the goal to €70.00 for most seats at the sides. Tickets for category B matches, the cheapest, range in price from €30.00 to €60.00. Tickets for the standing areas behind the goals go in both cases for €15.00.
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Tickets for TSV 1860 can be purchased online, by phone +49 (0) 1805 601860 (Tickethotline), at the club’s Ticketcenter at the Grünwalder Straße 114 (in the south of the city), or at the club’s fanshop at the Orlandostraße 8 (in the city centre).
Tickets can also be bought at the stadium gates on the day of the match.
Ticket prices range from €19.90 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal to €36.00 for most lower-tier seats at the main stand. A ticket for the standing areas behind the goal costs €14.00.
FC Bayern München:
The Allianz Arena offers guided stadium tours that include the changing rooms, players’ tunnel, sponsor lounge, and press club. The tours last about 60 minutes.
Tours run every day of the week at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm (in German and English), 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm. There are no tours on the day of a match or other event days.
Bookings can be made online, but are not required as a ticket can be bought before the start of the tour.
The tour costs €10.00. For more information call +49 (0) 89 35 09 48 350.
Relevant Internet links
FCBayern.de – Official website of FC Bayern.
TSV1860.de – Official website of TSV 1860.
Allianz-Arena.de – Official website of the Allianz Arena.
Muenchen.de – Official website for the city of Munich.
MVV-Muenchen.de – Public transport information and journey planner for the Munich area.