Allianz Arena: Bayern Munich / TSV 1860 München

Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, Munich, Germany, 80939 München

The Allianz Arena is known throughout the world as the home of one of Germany’s most fa-mous and successful clubs, Bayern Munich. What not everyone outside of Germany knows, how-ever, is that it’s also the home of TSV 1860 München, a Bundesliga 2 side that have a history of sharing football stadiums with the city’s more famous club. From 1925 until 1972 both clubs played at the Stadion an der Grünwalderstraße before both then moving to the newly erected Olympiasta-dion, built specially for the 1972 Olympic Games. Their fates remain intertwined when they moved to the Allianz in 2005, playing their games there ever since.

For the sake of ease of understanding we’ll tell you most things twice in this guide, rather than writing two separate guides. One set of information will be about Bayern and one will be about 1869 Munchen. We’ll always start with Bayern, so if you’re keen to know more about them than their lo-cal rivals then you’ll know where to begin.

Bayern are, of course the more successful of the two clubs in Germany’s second city. They hold the record for the number of top-flight wins in the country, having snapped up 25 titles. They’ve also won seventeen domestic cups and have enjoyed a huge amount of success on the European stage. They’ve won the European cup five times, with the most notable wins coming in the 1970s when they won three cups back to back.

1860 Munchen, by contrast, may be Munich’s older club - having been founded in 1860 as op-posed to Bayern’s foundation year of 1900 - but they have been significantly less successful. De-spite being founding members of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963 they have only won the competition on one occasion. Their 1966 championship victory was followed by a second place finish the following year, only for them to never reach such dizzy heights again. They have won the German Cup twice and won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965.

Stats

Allianz Arena Stats
Year Opened2005
Capacity75,000
Average Attendance71,000
Record Attendance75,000 (B Munich v Schalke 04 (2015))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameSchlauchboot (inflatable boat)
Former NameFIFA World Cup Stadium Munich, Fußball Arena München
OwnerAllianz Arena München Stadion GmbH
SponsorAllianz Insurance
Clubs HostedFC Bayern Munich, TSV 1860 München
First FixtureTSV 1860 v FC Nürnberg (30/05/2005)
TSV 1860 München Stats
Year Founded1860
NicknameDie Löwen (The Lions), Sechzig (Sixty), (Die) Sechzger ((The) Sixties), Münchens große Liebe (Munich's great love)
Club MascotSechzger
RivalsFC Augsburg, Bayern Munich
Previous Stadiums Stadion an der Grünwalderstraße, Olympiastadion, Sechzger
KitBlue & White (Home) / White & Black (Away)
Training GroundGruenwalder
Shirt SponsorVolkswagen
Bayern Munich Stats
Year Founded1900
NicknameDer FCB (The FCB), Die Bayern (The Bavarians), Stern des Südens (Star of the South), Die Roten (The Reds), FC Hollywood
Club MascotBerni
RivalsBorussia Dortmund, TSV 1860 München, FC Nürnberg, FC Kaiserslautern, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid, A.C. Milan, Manchester United
Previous StadiumsStadion an der Grünwalderstraße, Olympiastadion, Leopoldstraße
KitRed (Home) / White (Away) / Black (Third)
Training GroundSäbener Strasse
Shirt SponsorDeutsche Telekom
Team OwnerAktiengesellschaft
Record GoalscorerGerd Müller (573)
Record AppearancesSepp Maier (702)

Allianz Arena Photos

Allianz Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Tobias Kage (selbst aufgenommen, Canon Powershot A200) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As the name suggests, the Allianz is an arena rather than a more typical ‘English Style’ stadium with separate stands on each side of the pitch. Instead it has a ‘Bowl Style’ design that is more common in modern stadia. There are still separate sections, though, so here’s a little bit of infor-mation on each of them:

  • The North Stand - The Allianz has three tiers, with each row separated by executive boxes. The North Stand is behind the Northern goal and follows this design, with the top tier being the smallest of the three.
  • The East Stand - This section of the ground is the largest as far as the amount of seating is concerned, with the top section following the curve of the roof and the fact that the stand runs along the side of the pitch allowing for the additional seats.
  • The South Stand - Known locally as the Südkurve, this section of the ground is where the most vocal fans of both clubs tend to like to sit.
  • The West Stand - Typically considered to be the main stand at the ground, this section of stadium contains the players’ tunnel, the changing rooms, the dugout and the execu-tive seating.

TSV 1860 München Ticket Prices

1860 Munchen, are clear with their ticketing separating their prices out into adults, concessions and children from 6-13. You’ll then pay a different amount depending on where inside the ground you’d like to sit. Here are the cheapest and most expensive tickets for each age group:

  • Adults - €14 - €36
  • Concessions - €11 - €31
  • 6-13 year olds - Free - €18

How To Get TSV 1860 München Tickets

1860 Munchen virtually never sell out the ground you won’t have a problem getting a ticket for where you want to sit. If you’re not necessarily a fan of either club but would like to ex-perience live football in the incredible surroundings of the Allianz Arena then going to see a Bun-desliga 2 game will suit you perfectly. You can get tickets through the club’s website, over the phone, on the gate at the stadium itself, via email and even by going into the club’s shop in the cen-tre of town.

Where to Buy

Bayern Munich Ticket Prices

Both Bayern Munich and 1860 Munchen charge different amounts of money depending on where you want to sit in the ground and, as you might expect, neither club spend time targeting an English audience with its ticketing schemes. Because of that it isn’t always easy to know how much you’ll have to pay for your seat should you be hoping to buy your tickets directly from the club. Most English fans will look to buy tickets through third party sellers, but here are the five category prices for Bayern matches:

  • Category 1 - €70
  • Category 2 - €60
  • Category 3 - €45
  • Category 4 - €35
  • Category 5 - €15

How To Get Bayern Munich Tickets

Bayern tickets do tend to sell out really quickly, thanks to the quality of the football on offer and the cheap cost of tickets. You can look to get them from the club’s official website as well as from their own official secondary market, where fans sell tickets to each other at face value. You can, of course, also call up their ticket office and they’ll let you know what you need to do to buy tickets, presuming you get through to an English speaking sales person.

Where to Buy

Getting To Allianz Arena

Munich is Germany’s second city and as such the transport options available there are excel-lent. Here are some of the more traditional routes you might want to consider for your journey:

train - A journey from Kings Cross - St. Pancras to Munich isn’t exactly sim-ple, but it is picturesque. The Eurostar will take you to Brussels and from there you can get a train to Frankfurt or somewhere else, such as Cologne, and then enjoy a transfer into the Germany city. It will take somewhere around nine hours to complete your journey, though, so do bear that in mind before you set off.

Once you’re in Munich you’ll want to take the U6 underground line from Marienplatz to Frott-maning. It will take you just over a quarter of an hour to do that part of the journey and from there you can walk to the ground in about twenty minutes.

Bus - The fact that the underground system in Munich is so good means that buses aren’t actually the most convenient option to get to the ground. From Marienplatz station, for example, you need to take a tram and two buses before a ten minute walk to get to the stadium. There is an excellent online system you can use to plan your journey if you do want to get the bus, however.

Car - From the West take the A8 then change onto the A99 and follow it until you see signs for the ground. From the North take the A9 then the A92 and the A99 again. From the airport you’ll want the A92 then the A9, whilst from the South or the East the A99 onto the A9 will be what you’re looking for.

By Air - Airport Franz-Josef-Strauss is located about 20 kilometres away from Munich city centre and has excellent connections thanks to the S-Bahn and the Lufthansa Airport Bus. If you’re on the S-Bahn then the S1 and S8 will both take you to Munich centre from where you can follow our directions from above.

Taxi - A taxi from the airport will take about 45 minutes and cost in the region of €60. From Marienplatz Station to the ground you’ll be looking at a twenty minute journey at a cost of roughly €30.

Parking Near Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena has 9800 spaces in a multi-story car park as well as 1200 VIP spaces. On match days the car parks are open from 8am and the fee will be €15.

Useful Resources

Allianz Arena Hotels

Munich is the heart of Bavaria, so you’ll be faced with a huge number of hotel options for your stay in the city. Here are some of our favourites, to help you narrow down your choices:

Motel One München-Garching - £50+

Daimlerstraße 5a, Garching, BY, 85748
Just two and a half miles from the stadium is this no frills hotel that doesn’t offer a huge amount ex-cept for a low price. You get free Wi-Fi and can also enjoy a breakfast in the morning, but past that you’ll just want to get your head down and look forward to the match. More details.

ibis München Garching - £65+

Daimlerstrasse 5, Garching, BY, 85748
Also about two and a half miles from the Allianz Arena is this functional hotel with a restaurant, a bar, a business centre and the now common free Wi-Fi. It’s a member of the ibis chain of hotels, so you know what you’re getting. More details.

SOULMADE by Derag Livinghotels - £90+

Muehlfeldweg 46-48, Garching, Bavaria, 85748
This delightful hotel is a little further afield from the ground at five and a half miles, but you’ll be glad you travelled the distance when you see the place. It’s got a bar, a lounge, a fitness centre, meeting rooms, a garden and the ability to park. There’s also free Wi-Fi, shockingly. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Allianz Arena

Bavaria is somewhat stereotypically known as the place to go for beer halls and delicious Ger-man food. Stereotypes aren’t always a bad thing, though, and Munich certainly has its far share of excellent pre-match locations. There aren’t many places close to the ground but here are some city centre boozers for you to consider:

Kilians Irish Pub

Frauenplatz 11, 80331 München (+49 89 24219899)
No trip to a foreign city is complete without a trip to a good Irish bar, with Kilians Bar offering a good place to go to watch any live sport that might be on before the big game at the Allianz. They also serve food and, of course, Guinness!

Augustiner-Keller

Arnulfstr. 52, 80335 München (+49 89 594393)
If you were to draw what you imagine to be a Bavarian beer hall you’d end up with something very similar in appearance to the Augustiner-Keller. It’s a great place to go, with delicious food on offer and great beers to drink.

Café Schiller

Schillerstraße 3, 80336 München (+49 89 557143)
Sports! Music! Drinks! That’s what Café Schiller prides itself on, so expect to find anything from boxing through to rugby shown on the big screens here. It’s the number one sports bar in Munich so if you fancy a drink in more modern surroundings than our other two suggestions then this is the place to head.

Facilities

The Allianz Arena is over a decade old now, but it’s still a top-class place to go and watch a football game, with all of the usual things you’d expect from such a place. There are numerous lo-cations to buy food and drinks on the excellent and clean concourses. It doesn’t have the same sort of personality as grounds where there’s only one club playing, for obvious reasons, but if you’re bothered by that sort of thing then you might want to try to get out more.

Hospitality

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The Allianz Arena has enough space for around 75,000 people to enjoy a match or two, but it also has 106 VIP boxes from where you can enjoy an incredible match day experience. As well as the usual service you’d expect from a VIP box, you’ll also get some of the best seats in the house.

VIP box access isn’t your only hospitality option at the home of Bayern and 1860 Munchen. The clubs also offer what are bizarrely called ‘Business Seats’, state-of-the-art seating with excel-lent views of the pitch. Regardless of which team you support you’ll not only enjoy a comfortable seat but you’ll also get first class catering and the chance to watch football from a privileged posi-tion. For 1860 Munchen fans you’ll also enjoy access to the Business Club, renowned for its fine dining experience.

Private Hire

The Allianz Arena is available for numerous private occasions, whether they be the likes of a party, an exhibition or a presentation. There is an event area ideal for just such a thing as well as a cinema that can seat seventy. There is a stage where you can host a press conference, a speech or something similar, Bayern’s Hall of Fame that is an ideal location for cocktail parties or an exclu-sive dinner and numerous other locations throughout the ground that would no doubt be suitable for any need you have. If you’re going to be hosting any sort of event in Munich then the Allianz Arena should be top of your list of locations to consider.

Stadium Tours & Museum

The Allianz Arena offers a number of tour options, with the ground also containing the largest club museum in the country. A Combi-Tour lets you see places that are normally hidden from the public, such as the press conference area, the dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel and the mixed zone. As part of your ticket you’ll also get entry into the museum where you’ll be able to learn all about the history of Bayern Munich. It takes around an hour to do the tour and the club recom-mends you put at least the same amount of time to one side to go around the museum.

A VIP Tour takes you the extra distance, allowing you to see the view from inside an executive suite, getting a look around the upper tier with an explanation of how the famous external facade works. You’ll also get to see the same areas as the normal tour does, but you’ll enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and access to the Business Club. This takes closer to two hours, with half an hour set aside for the drinks reception in the executive box that comes at the end of the tour. The Com-bi-Tour costs €19 for adults, €17 for concessions and €11 for children between 6 and 13. The VIP Tour is €29 per person.

About TSV 1860 München

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Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860 are more commonly known as TSV 1860 Munchen or even just 1860 Munchen, depending on how lazy you’re being. They helped to found the Bun-desliga in 1963 and were West German champions in 1966. The club has managed a total of twen-ty seasons in the top-flight, despite not having the riches or appeal of their city rivals.

The TSV part stands for Gymnastics and Sporting Club, when translated, so that will give you some idea of the origins of the side. It was formed in the backroom of a pub, like most good things are, but it didn’t actually develop a footballing department until 1899. To begin with it just played in-ternal games, not actually enjoying matches against other teams until 1902.

About Bayern Munich

Do Bayern need much introduction? Founded in 1900 by a group of football players and under the leadership of Franz John, the club has gone on to win pretty much everything there is to win both in Germany and in the European game. Interestingly, Bayern weren’t part of the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963, but by the 1970s they were not only in it but also enjoyed arguably their greatest period of success. With the now household name of Franz Beckenbauer wearing the captain’s armband they won three successive European Cups. Since they were adopted into the top-tier of German football they have gone on to win, at the time of writing, a record 25 titles.

It hasn’t always been sunshine and lollipops for Bayern, however. During the 1990s their suc-cess dried up a touch and many of the players were found to be in the papers because of their so-cial lives more than their performances on the pitch. This led to the club earning the sarcastic nick-name of FC Hollywood. It wasn’t until the appointment of Ottar Hitzfeld in 1998 that the club began to get back on track and deliver a degree of consistency. In 2000 he led them to their third league and cup double on the year of the club’s centenary. The following year they followed it up with a league and Champions League double, winning the famous European trophy for the fourth time, 25 years after the last time they had lifted it.

Allianz Arena History

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The Allianz Arena opened in 2005 and originally both clubs enjoyed a 50% stake in it. Financial difficulties meant that 1860 Munchen had to turn to their rivals for help, however, and in April of 2006 Bayern Munich bought our their neighbours and now own 100% of the ground. It cost Bayern €11 million and the agreement allows 1860 to play their games there without the constraints of ownership. Instead they pay Bayern rent for the privilege.

Despite the fact that the ground was used during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and often hosts Germany matches, not everyone loves the stadium. Its nickname is “Schlauchboot”, which means ‘the inflatable boat’ owing to the strange look of the ground from the outside. The translucent mate-rial that covers it does have a purpose, however. It can change colour depending on who is playing their home games in it from one minute to the next, giving it a very modern feel even more than a decade after it first opened.

Future Developments

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The capacity of the Allianz Arena was expanded to 75,000 in 2015, making it the second largest stadium in Germany behind Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion. It is unlikely, therefore, that any further changes will take place in the near future. That said, 1860 Munchen are rumoured to be looking for a new home given that the decision to sell their 50% stake in the Allianz Arena means that they have to pay rent to their neighbours and receive no income from the stadium. That might well mean that some changes to the cosmetics of the ground occur in the future.

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