Allianz Arena is a modern football stadium located in Munchen (Germany), home ground of Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munchen and of second Bundesliga side Sportverein Munchen von 1860.
With a current capacity of 69,901 seats, it is the third largest football arena in Germany, after Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and Olympiastadion in Berlin. Inaugurated on May 30, 2005 (with a friendly match between TSV 1860 Munchen and FC Nuremberg), it replaced the old Munchen Olympic Stadium as the place where Bayern and 1860 Munchen play their home games. The first official goal scored on Allianz Arena went to Bayern’s ex midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who opened the scoring in the first league game of the 2005/2006 campaign, as FC Bayern went on to easily win against Borussia Monchengladbach (3-0). The German club managed an impressive outcome, as Allianz Arena was completely sold-out for a record of ten consecutive official matches.
The stadium has many facilities for both players (four modern team locker rooms) and fans, as the FC Bayern Munich Megastore and the TSV 1860 Munchen Allianz Arena Megastore can be found in the interior and are opened seven days a week. In addition to this, Allianz Arena also offers three day-care centers, two smaller fan shops, as well as many restaurants and fast food locations.
Allianz Arena played an important part in Germany organizing the 2006 World Cup. During the international competition, the arena was referred to as FIFA World Cup Stadium Munchen, due to FIFA naming rights and sponsorship contracts. The stadium hosted six matches during the tournament: four group phase matches (Germany – Costa Rica 4-2, Tunisia – Saudi Arabia 2-2, Brazil – Australia 2-0, Cote d’Ivoire – Serbia and Montenegro 3-2), one game in the Round of 16 (Germany – Sweden 2-0) and one semifinal match (Portugal – France 0-1).
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