Just when the Munich mayor is said to be open towards a new TSV 1860 stadium, another possible obstacle appears. Company managing transport in the metropolis is unsure of the selected site’s transport links.
It’s no secret that TSV 1860 are attempting to abandon Allianz Arena. The club lost all its shares in the stadium and isn’t able to fill it even half way on matchdays. Even worse, The Lions recently saw another drop in turnout, averaging at just over 19,000 per season. While it’s still impressive in the second division, it’s hardly enough to see revenue at a 73,000-capacity stadium.
TSV officials have been trying to relocate for a few years now. In 2012 a site was selected in the east of Munich, between the international exhibition center and a highway. The arena would hold up to 40,000 people (standing room included), but only recently saw an open stance by Munich mayor Dieter Reiter.
The site has transport links many cities/clubs would only dream of, not only having very good road connection, but also lying near one of the subway lines and right along rapid rail line. Still, the company managing all of public transport, MVG, seems skeptical towards crowds of 40,000 descending on matchdays near the already event-packed exhibition site.
The U2 subway line should ideally be expanded further to serve the stadium, but MVG argue the line is already long and sees high traffic. Rail link might be the answer then, but a new station would need to be created. It’s unclear whether MVG will approve of the plan and boost TSV’s plan to have a home of their own.