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Bayern Munich’s home ground, the Allianz Arena, is preparing to host Euro 2020. The ‘Schlauchboot’, one of Germany’s top stadiums, is used to hosting events of international renown. The stadium will also host the 2023 Champions League Final and Euro 2024 matches in Germany.
🇩🇪 Allianz Arena: Germany’s Euro 2020 Stadium
A Stadium Accustomed to Big Events
The Allianz Arena, also known as the ‘Schlauchboot’ (dinghy), is still a “young” stadium in some people’s eyes. This summer, it will host the first Euro matches in its history, thus beginning a new chapter for the Munich stadium.
- Euro 2020: Three group matches + a quarter-final
Historical Events at the Allianz Arena
- The Munich venue hosted the opening match of the 2006 World Cup between Germany and Costa Rica
- It also hosted the 2011/2012 Champions League final
Allianz Arena Profile
The Allianz Arena is the home of Bayern Munich. Located in the north of the Bavarian capital, the stadium was built in May 2005. Its capacity varies according to the configuration: 75,000 seats for Bundesliga matches and 70,000 for international matches.
Until 2017, the European champions shared the stadium with TSV Munich 1860, another Munich club. Its structure (see below) was then decorated in three different colours, depending on the event: red for Bayern matches, blue for TSV matches and white for international matches.
In 2006, it hosted the opening match of the German World Cup between the Mannschaft and Costa Rica. It also hosted the 2011/2012 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea (1-1, 3-4 pens.).
Allianz helped finance the stadium, but the stadium was renamed ‘World Cup Stadium Munich’ for the 2006 World Cup, as the world football governing body responsible for this competition does not allow stadium advertising. For the same reasons, the stadium is renamed ‘Fußball-Arena München’ for Champions League, Europa League and Euro matches.
In addition to some of the Euro 2020 matches, the stadium will host (like 9 others in Germany) the Euro 2024 matches and the 2023 Champions League final.
The Allianz Arena, which opened in May 2005, is the second-largest German stadium in terms of capacity and ranks behind the famous Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund (81,359). It hosts Bayern Munich’s matches, the reigning German and European champions. For the record, the stadium’s structure is made up of 2,874 cushions held together by a constant flow of pressurised air. These cushions can be illuminated in no less than 16 million different colours.
Allianz Arena in numbers:
- Name of the stadium: Football Arena Munich
- Capacity: 70,000 seats
- Opening: 30 May 2005
- Architect: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron
- Field size: 105 × 68 metre
- Surface: Natural grass
- Stadium size: 258 × 227 × 50 metres
- Roof: Yes, but not retractable
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 20, 2021
🗓️ Euro 2020-2021 Fixtures at Allianz Arena
To mark the 60th anniversary of the first edition of the Euro, this year the matches will be held in 12 stadiums in 12 historic cities of the competition. In Germany, the Allianz Arena has been chosen as the venue for four matches: three in the group stage and one in the final round.
The Allianz Arena in Munich will host three matches in the group stage. Luckily for the Nationalmannschaft fans, all three matches will be Group F matches, which is the group the German national team has been assigned to. This will have symbolic importance for Joachim Löw’s men. They will play against France, Portugal and Hungary.
|⚽ Group Matches at the Allianz Arena||🗓️ Dates|
|France 🇫🇷 -🇩🇪 Allemagne (Group F)||Tuesday 15th June at 9 pm|
|Portugal 🇵🇹 -🇩🇪 Allemagne (Group F)||Saturday 19th June at 6 pm|
|Allemagne 🇩🇪 -🇭🇺 Hongrie (Group F)||Wednesday 23rd June at 9 pm|
➡ All about Germany 🇩🇪 (Mannschaft) at Euro 2020-2021
➡ All about France 🇫🇷 (Les Bleus) at Euro 2020-2021
➡ All about Hungary 🇭🇺 (The Magyars) at Euro 2020-2021
➡ All about Portugal 🇵🇹 (Seleção das Quinas) at Euro 2020-2021
The Allianz Arena was competing with Wembley Stadium to be the ‘main’ venue for the tournament but was not granted that status. As a result, Bayern Munich’s home ground will only host a quarter-final, its only Final Stage match of the tournament.
|⚽ Final Stage Match at the Allianz Arena||🗓️ Date|
|Quarter-final Winner 4 vs Winner 2||Friday 2nd July at 9pm|
Number of Fans
The number of fans will be determined by the German government. The number of spectators will differ depending on the country in which the matches are taking place.