I believe there is no greater feeling for a football fan, than being on a football stadium of his/her favorite football club. I have never been a fan of any specific football club – except for the Slovenian national football team, cheering loudly and waving around with our national flag. It does not even matter if I am at home or at a stadium, but of course, nothing can beat watching the game live at the stadium and breathing with thousands of other fans, having all the same goal. The bigger the stadium is, crazy everything gets!
Munich Allianz Arena
I still remember my very first visit to a foreign football stadium – it was stadium of the FC Barcelona…Waaaaww… crazy, crazy, crazy! The only thing I could even say was, I could live here – if it would be possible, I would pitch my tent directly in the middle of the green grass.
I guess the feeling, which I got at the FC Barcelona stadium, was also the reason, wanting to visit the Allianz Arena, when traveling to Munich. When the German National Tourist Board asked us, what we want to do in Munich, we knew immediately, that one of our TOP priority, out of Oktoberfest, is visiting the Allianz Arena.
The Allianz Arena actually belongs to two football clubs – Bayern and Lions. FC Bayern, playing in the prestige UEFA Champions League, is the most recognizable for sure and has its fans all around the world, not only in Munich.
The Allianz Arena is already impressive seeing it from the outside. Its unique architecture will give you the “wow” moment for sure. Even if you are not going to a game, you still can see the stadium from inside, attending one of its daily guided tours.
The guided tour of Allianz Arena is about an hour long and shows you everything, even places, which “normal” people cannot access, like changing room of FC Bayern. No wonder the guided tour is so popular ;). The Allianz Arena gets about 100.000 visitors per year just from the guided tours.
Interesting facts about the Allianz Arena
- The Allianz Arena is the 3rd largest football stadium in Germany
- The Allianz Arena can hold up to 71.000 fans
- Construction of the Allianz Arena cost 280 millions EUR
- Renting VIP boxes will cost you 500.000 EUR (100.000 EUR/year – minimum renting period is 5 years)
- Renting business seats costs from 12.000 EUR/season (you have to rent at least two seats)
- The Allianz Arena has two big screens – each has a surface of 100 square meters
- The grass in the Allianz Arena can grow under artificial lights, covering half of the whole area at once
- Football games at the Allianz Arena can be held in any weather, also in thunder and lightning, as the stadium is protected towards lightning
- The grass at the Allianz Arena is changed one or two times per year (from this year on, new grass is used – made out of 90% natural and 10% artificial grass, what means the grass will need to be changed only once in 4 years)
How to reach the Allianz Arena?
The easiest way to reach the Allianz Arena is using public transport. If you are in the city center, you just look for the blue line U6 towards Garsching-Forschungszentrum (your stop is Fröttmaning).
The guided tour of Allianz Arena
The guided tours are each day and can be done in two languages; German (11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30), English (13:00). You can do the Allianz Arena tour only or you can combine it with the Erlebniswelt as well.
Even though you are not a fan of FC Bayern or any other football club, visiting the Allianz Arena is something you just have to do, when being in Munich. The building itself will impress you for sure, not to mention you can see areas, which are normally opened only for referees, press, coaches and players. We swore to ourselves, we will be back once as FC Bayern fans – the feeling when the stadium is completely full, should be spectacular!