The Allianz Arena is the home stadium of Bayern Munich, the most successful club in German football. 1860 Munich also played at the stadium for 12 seasons, selling its 50% share to Bayern in 2006 due to financial difficulty but continuing to rent usage until this was terminated in 2017 and returning to their original home at Grünwalder Stadion.
The stadium has been known as the Allianz Arena since its opening after the financial company Allianz secured the naming rights for 30 years. However for UEFA and FIFA matches, it is referred to as Fußball Arena München (Football Arena Munich).
The exterior of the stadium is made up of air panels, which are lit up for each game with the colour of the home team – red for Bayern Munich, blue for 1860, white for Germany or when used as a neutral venue.
Both Bayern and 1860 had previously played at the Olympiastadion (which hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics) but following Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the stadium no longer met FIFA’s criteria and both clubs sought a purpose-built football ground.
The first match at the Allianz was played on the 30th May 2005 as 1860 Munich played a friendly against 1. FC Nürnberg, with Bayern Munich playing a friendly against the German national team the following day.
At the following summer’s 2006 FIFA World Cup, four group matches (including the opening match in which Germany defeated Costa Rica 4-2), a Round of 16 match and the semi-final in which France beat Portugal 1-0 were played in the stadium. Several Germany international matches have since been held at the Allianz Arena, with all of Germany’s group matches at UEFA Euro 2020 due to be held there along with a Quarter-final match.
The 2012 UEFA Champions League final was played at the Allianz, with Bayern Munich having home advantage in their own stadium – the first time this had happened since 1984. However this did not go in their favour, losing 4-3 on penalties to Chelsea after drawing 1-1 after extra time. The UEFA Champions League Final will return to the stadium in 2023.
Tenants: Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) & 1860 Munich (2005-2017)
Location & Travel to Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena lies 10 kilometres to the north of Munich city centre in the Schwabing borough.
Airport – Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany and the eighth busiest in Europe, acting as a hub for Lufthansa and offering flights across the world.
The airport lies approximately 28.5 kilometres northeast of Munich city centre, or 23 kilometres from the Allianz Arena. The Munich Airport Terminal station is on S1 and S8 of the Munich suburban rail system, the S-Bahn. Services run every 10 minutes and takes approximately 40 minutes to reach München Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station of Munich. If heading straight to the Allianz Arena, get off at Marienplatz and take the U-Bahn as below. An Airport-City-Day-Ticket costs €13.
Alternatively, the Lufthansa Express Bus runs every 15 minutes from Munich Airport to Munich Central Station, with a journey time of 45 minutes and tickets costing €10.50.
Parking – There are over 9,000 parking spaces available at the Allianz Arena, costing €10 to park on match days. Parking is available to purchase in advance or on the day.
Train – München Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station of Munich, with high speed trains across Germany and further afield including Paris, Milan, Zurich, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Zagreb.
To reach the Allianz from München Hauptbahnhof, take the S-Bahn to Marienplatz and take the U-Bahn as below.
U-Bahn – The U-Bahn is the metro system of Munich, with the Allianz Arena being located next to the Fröttmaning U-Bahn station on line U6. From Marienplatz take the U6 in the direction of Garching-Forschungszentrum to Fröttmaning, which will take about 15 minutes.
The majority of Bayern Munich matches sell out well in advance and with a membership of over 290,000, it is very difficult for non-members to purchase Bayern tickets. Tickets for matches the following season usually go on sale in March, with it being possible to apply for tickets for matches even before the date of the fixture has been confirmed!
The best way for non-members to obtain tickets is through the club’s ticket exchange programme, where it is possible to buy unwanted tickets from other fans and members – this usually opens up to non-members the week before the match.
To purchase tickets and for further information, click here for the ticketing section of the Bayern Munich website.
Germany international football team
Tickets for any Germany international matches played at RheinEnergieStadion will be available on the official DFB website.
Where to stay in Munich
Allianz Arena Stadium Tour & FC Bayern Museum
Guided tours of the Allianz Arena take place at regular intervals between 10am and 6pm throughout the week on non-event days, with the tour taking 60 minutes. The tour is combined with a visit to the FC Bayern Munich which offers a fantastic perspective on the history of one of the world’s greatest football clubs.
Combined tickets cost €19 for adults (14 and older), €17 for concessions (schoolchildren, senior citizens, students), €11 for children aged 6-13 and free for children 5 and under.
Further information is available on the official Allianz Arena website here.