Friday, October 29, 2010

Skywatch Friday #28: Munich football stadium

The Allianz Arena is a football stadium in the north of Munich, Germany. The two professional Munich football clubs FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 München have played their home games at Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005–06 season. Both clubs had previously played their home games at the Munich Olympic Stadium since 1972, where FC Bayern Munich played all of their games and TSV 1860 München most of their games.
The large financial services provider, Allianz purchased the rights to name the stadium for 30 years. During the 2006 World Cup it was known as FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich.

…I went to Munich football stadium with some of the tour members on the last day of our tour, which was a free day…The place is not that far from our hotel Holiday Inn, but we did have some difficulty to get a train to the place, all the sign board is in German, and a lot of local people don’t understand English, we were lucky to meet a young lady who speaks English in the train station while we hesitated in buying ticket…The MRT in Germany is different from Singapore, there are a few different trains to different places in the same direction line, so we must watch out the sign on the train too. But I like the MRT in Germany, clean and the people there look friendly, you feel safe unlike in some other places…

…look up to the blue sky in side the stadium. …The web site about the stadium
…the windmill outside the stadium.
The Swiss architect firm of Herzog & de Meuron developed the concept of the stadium with a see-through exterior made of ETFE-foil panels, that can be lit from the inside and are self-cleaning. Construction started in the fall of 2002 and was completed by the end of April 2005.
The arena facade is constructed of 2,874 ETFE-foil air panels that are kept inflated with dry air. The panels appear white from far away but when examined closely, there are little dots on the panels. When viewed from far away, the eye combines the dots and sees white. When viewed close up however, it is possible to see through the foil. The foil has a thickness of 0.2 mm. Each panel can be independently lit with white, red, or blue light. The intention is to light the panels at each game with the colors of the respective home team, or white if the home team is the German national football team. To light Allianz Arena up for one hour costs about 50 Euros.
The two professional Munich football clubs FC Bayern Munich (red light) and TSV 1860 München (blue light) have played their home games at Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005–06 season.

…We were lucky to have a sunshine day after the 9 days rainy days in Germany, and the autumn sky is my good memory for Germany…


Pagan Sphinx said...

Loved your series of that amazing stadium and the gorgeous skies. I wish the U.S. would adopt wind energy. Good for the European nations who are really investing in it!

Paulie said...

What a neat stadium! I enjoyed reading about it. Glad you had a nice day before your trip was over!

fredamans said...

Interesting stadium.