Club: TSV 1860 München | Opening: 1911 | Capacity: 15,000
History and description
Grünwalder Stadion, in full Städtische Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße and often nicknamed Sechzgerstadion, was for long Munich’s largest stadium. It got built by TSV 1860 in the the 1910s as the club lacked their own ground.
Grunwalder Stadion opened on 21 May 1911 with a match between TSV 1860 and MTV Munich (4-0). It was initially a rather modest ground, but got quickly expanded in the 1920s to a capacity of over 40,000.
In 1937, the city of Munich became owners of the ground. During World War 2, the stadium got heavily damaged during air raids, but got rebuilt and further expanded quickly after.
In 1958, over 58,000 spectators attended a match between 1860 Munich and FC Nurnberg, a record attendance for the stadium. Around the same time, the stadium underwent a large redevelopment including the construction of a new main stand. In 1978, another new stand got built opposite the main stand.
Between 1925 and 1972 the stadium had also been the home of FC Bayern, but they moved out indefinitely when the new Olympiastadion opened. TSV 1860 initially also moved to the new Olympiastadion, but soon moved back to Grunwalder Stadion. They kept switching between both stadiums in the next decades until they moved to Olympiastadion for good in 1995. In 2005, both clubs would move to the newly opened Allianz Arena.
However, TSV 1860 never warmed up to the much-too-large Allianz Arena, and sold their share in the stadium a decade after moving in. In 2017, the club decided to move back into Grunwalder Stadion.
Over the years, the state of the stadium had slowly deteriorated and capacity had been reduced due to safety measure to around 10,000 places. Following the construction of the Allianz Arena, plans were made to demolish the ground, but in the end it was decided to patch up the stadium. Various refurbishments in the early 2010s opened up all stands again, increasing capacity to 15,000.
However, the stadium still does not meet standards to play matches at 2. Bundesliga level, and plans exist to further renovate the stadium to a capacity of 18,000 and add cover to all stands.
Grünwalder Stadion is also the home of Bayern’s reserve team that play in the 3. Liga. In 2020, Türkgücü München decided to play their home games at the stadium following their promotion to 3. Liga. The club will also play a number of home games at the Olympiastadion.
How to get to Grunwalder Stadion
Grunwalder Stadion is located in the Giesing area in the south of Munich at just over 3 kilometres from Munich’s city centre.
The stadium is easily reached by public transport. Metro (U-Bahn) station Wettersteinplatz lies a few blocks from the stadium. Wettersteinplatz is on metro line U1 which runs past the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) and a few stops just south of the city centre (e.g. Sendlinger Tor). It’s a short journey of less than 10 minutes.
An alternative is taking metro line U2 to stop Silberhornstraße. The metro stops at the same stops in the city centre, but the walk to the stadium takes a few minutes longer.
From the east of the city centre (Max-Weber-Platz near Ostbahnhof) catching tram 15 or 25 is quickest. Get off at stop Tegernseer Landstraße. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
TSV 1860 Munich Tickets
Tickets for 1860 Munich games can be bought online, or at the ticket office at the club’s training ground at the Grünwalder Straße 114 (further south from the stadium).
TSV sell out regularly so booking in advance is highly recommended and often required.
Expect to pay from € 25.00 to € 33.00 for a seat at one of the sides and € 16.00 for standing behind the goal.
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