Allianz Arena was inaugurated in 2005 and replaced Olympiastadion. The spectator capacity is 69,000. Out of this, 13,500 is for standing. With this capacity, Allianz Arena is the third largest in Germany. Only Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and Olympiastadion in Berlin are bigger. Because of its round shape it has been given the nickname Schaluchboot, which is German for inflatable boat.
The plans for a new stadium were drawn up back in 1997. The local Munich government’s idea was to modernize and renovate Olympiastadion, but Bayern Munich wanted differently. In October of 2002 the construction began, and approximately two and a half years later the stadium was finished. The inauguration took place on May 30th 2005 with a game between 1860 Munich and Nürnberg.
Since then, Allianz Arena has hosted games in both the World Championship as well as the 2012 Champions League final (in which Chelsea beat the “home team” Bayern Munich”).
In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that the stadium is too small for Bayern Munich, but at the same time way too big for 1860 Munich. The city’s little brother do have plans for making its own smaller stadium, but nothing has been finalized as of yet.
Allianz Arena lies a bit north of central Munich in the area called Fröttmaning. You reach the stadium easily by car since E-road E45 runs right next to the stadium. The simplest way, however, is to take the subway (line 6 northbound to Fröttmaning station).