The two professional Munich football clubs FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 München have played their home games at the Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005–06 season. During the 2006 World Cup, the stadium was one of the venues in Germany and it hosted the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.
The large financial services provider Allianz purchased the naming rights to the stadium for 30 years.
By the way during the 2006 World Cup the logo of the Allianz Arena had to be removed and was attached to the wall of the art gallery Haus der Kunst in Prinzregentenstraße in Munich. The name cannot be used when hosting FIFA and UEFA events, since these governing bodies have policies forbidding corporate sponsorship from companies that are not official tournament partners.
The outside facade
The roof and the facade of the stadium are constructed of 2,760 ETFE-foil air panels that are kept inflated with dry air to a differential pressure. Each panel can be independently lit with red, blue or white light. Other colours or multicolor or interchanging lighting schemes are theoretically possible but the panels are normally only lit for each game with the colors of the respective home team — red for FC Bayern, blue for TSV1860 and white for the German national football team.
With electricity costs for the light of about 50 Euros per hour only, the construction evolved such luminosity that in clear nights the stadium can easily be spotted even from Austrian mountain tops, e.g. from a distance of 75 km.
The Allianz Arena consists of more than 71.137 completely roofed places, 57.343 with seating - 67.812 at international matches.
Inside of the stadium there are two day-care centres, the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt (the most important and biggest association museum in Germany), the Lego world (Indoor playground) and two fan shops. There are also guided tours starting at the stadium. Depending on the tour you´ll get details about the origin of the alliance arena and visit the sponsors lounges, the player´s cabins and the player´s tunnel. Alternatively you can book the FC Bayern München Football Tour as a City Tour.
Allianz Arena at a glance!
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* Photo: By Richard Bartz, Munich aka Makro Freak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons