The Allianz Arena has held pride of place as a landmark in the north of the Bavarian capital, Munich, since 2005. The first match was played in June 02, 2005 between the two local clubs FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München in the Allianz Arena. From August 2005 onwards, the Allianz Arena has hosted the Bundesliga and Champions League matches of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München, and will also host the 2012 Champions League final (between Chelsea and Bayern Munich).
Despite its short history, the Allianz Arena has already provided the stage for numerous breathtaking moments. The fact that more than 175 football matches have been sold out over the past few years sends out a clear message: emotions have considerable gravitational pull!
The Allianz Arena is a modern technological marvel – below, you can find information on one of Europe’s most state-of-the-art stadiums.
Allianz Arena Tour – Video
Allianz Arena Stadium Facts
- The Allianz Arena has a total capacity of 69,901 with standing and 66,000 seats (including executive boxes and business seats). There are also 165 special seats for the disabled at main entrance/exterior ground level (no change of level).
- The grass covers an area of 72 meters width and 111 meters length (pitch itself: 68 x 105 meters), corresponding to an area of around 8,000 square meters.
- The Façade and roof are 66,500 m² in total, comprising 2,760 inflated panels. 1,056 (of 2,760) illuminated panels (in the colors white, blue and red). The total illuminated area is 25,500 m².
- The roof of the Allianz Arena consists of 2,874 air cushions and has a total surface area of 64,000 square meters. This is the world’s biggest roof made of foil, and has considerable built-in safeguards to cater for rain, snow and self-cleaning / ventilation.
- The Allianz Arena can be illuminated in the colors white, red and blue. The light can be changed within the space of two minutes in order to exclude a hazard on the highway.
- The pitch also has an incline of 0.5 % up to the centre spot, because the centre of the pitch is subject to more wear and tear than the periphery.
- The main entrance to the stadium is along the Esplanade. It is 543 meters long and 136 meters wide, and looks rather like green heath land which has been recreated to blend in with the surrounding area. Visitors to the stadium can access the Allianz Arena directly from the multistory parking facilities, the parking area for buses or Fröttmanning underground station, only a short walk away.
- The parking facilities under the Esplanade are Europe’s biggest underground car park and offer spaces for approximately 9,800 cars. There are spaces for a total of 350 buses – 240 to the north of the Arena and 110 in the south.
- The two “Allianz Arena” signs have been placed in prominent positions at the north and south sides of the stadium. The 12 letters of each sign are up to 4 meters high and are made of steel, sheet metal, aluminum and transparent plastic. One letter weighs between 250 and 500 kg. The two signs are mounted on a steel structure measuring 35 meters high and 40 meters in length. More than 100,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been installed in each sign and they only require about 20% of the power used by conventional lighting. The signs can be illuminated in white and blue.
- A completely new stadium seat has been created by architects Herzog & de Meuron specifically for the Allianz Arena. These seats are a unique design. Uniformity is the special feature of this seating family. While in other stadiums, standard seats and box seating generally have completely different designs, the three different forms of seating used in the Allianz Arena (standard folding seat, VIP seat and box seat) will all have a uniform appearance. The silver coating of the seats provides an additional visual feature. The seats reflect a different color tone, depending on the angle of incidence for the light.
- Each individual seating space had to be marked by hand before the first seat was installed in the Allianz Arena. These operations down to the last millimeter were necessary because the Allianz Arena is not rectangular but has curves. The chairs are all the same size, but the gaps between them vary.
- The distance between the edge of the pitch (dimensions 68 x 105 meters) and the first row of seats is only 6 meters along the length of the pitch and eight meters behind the goals.
Allianz Arena Infographics
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Allianz Arena – Fan Facts
Allianz Arena – Pitch
Allianz Arena – Seating
Allianz Arena – Way To The Pitch
Allianz Arena Image Gallery
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