Everything you need to know about one of the most iconic football stadiums on the planet, Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich & German National Team
75,000 for international fixtures, 70,000 for domestic
Saturday April 30th 2005
Which team plays at Allianz Arena?
The Allianz Arena is the home of German football giants Bayern Munich. Located in Bavaria, Germany, the stadium was originally shared between local rivals Bayern and 1860 Munchen, before the latter sold their share to Bayern in 2006 after experiencing financial difficulties.
The stadium was officially completed on 30th April 2005 after three years of construction, at a cost of €340 million. Prior to this Bayern Munich played their home matches at Olympiastadion, the venue created to be the centrepiece of the 1972 Olympics.
The capacity of the Allianz Arena is 75,000 for domestic football matches, with a reduced 70,000 capacity for international matches. This makes the stadium the second largest in Germany, behind Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.
The playing surface at the Allianz Arena currently stands at 105 m x 68 m (115 yd x 74 yd), which is the maximum size allowed as part of UEFA’s governing regulations.
The stadium is in the northern part of Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria. Located in the northern edge of Munich's Schwabing-Freimann borough on the Fröttmaning Heath.
The naming rights for the stadium were purchased by local financial services provider Allianz. However, due to corporate sponsorship laws, the stadium is referred to as the Fußball Arena München (Football Arena Munich) during European competitions.
The Allianz Area was the first in Europe to install a LED lighting system on the exterior of the stadium which can be lit up in a variety of colours. 1,056 of the 2,784 air panels can be lit, the equivalent area of 3.5 football pitches.
The stadium is usually coloured red when Bayern play their home fixtures, or white when Germany play their international matches there.
The LED lighting isn’t restricted to football matches however, with the stadium lighting up in a rainbow pattern to celebrate Pride Month, or spelling out players’ names with lights, as the club did with the arrival of Sadio Mane.
Public transport allows easy access to the stadium from the city centre, with trains from Munich Main Station or Munich East Station accessing the stadium via Marienplatz, the central transfer hub.
The Allianz Arena also features the largest indoor car park in Europe with the four x four-storey 9800 space Esplanade hosting plentiful parking. If you are travelling by car, the stadium can be accessed by taking either the A9 or A99 motorway, depending on where you are travelling from.
Bayern Munich recommend early travel due to potentially heavy traffic near the Allianz Arena.
Address: Allianz Arena | 80939 München | Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25.
Outside of the match day experience the Allianz Arena offers a selection of stadium tours for visitors. The stadium is also home to two restaurants, a bistro, a business club, a Bayern Munich museum, and many other facilities.
Many impressive events have taken place at the Allianz Arena including two major international football tournaments.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany saw six matches held at the Allianz Arena, involving 11 different countries. A total of 396,000 spectators watched the sold-out games, including the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica.
The delayed Euro 2020 saw four matches played at the stadium, including all of Germany’s group stage matches and the quarter-final between Belgium and Italy.
The 2012 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea saw Bayern lose the biggest game in club football despite playing in their home stadium.