In 2017-2019 they will spend no less than €10 million to upgrade the famous stadium. New floodlights, giant screens, crowd access and away section parking – just some of the planned changes.
We’ve covered Amsterdam ArenA’s upgrades ahead of Euro 2020, now let’s see what Allianz Arena has planned. First, the famous German stadium will receive brand new floodlighting system. Switching to LED will see the stadium require less energy, less time to switch on and off and the intensity is growing from 1,400 to 2,200 lux.
Another major upgrade is the installation of two new giant screens. Each will be double the size of current ones at some 200 m2. Because some fans sitting behind them could have difficulty in seeing the opposite screen, smaller 35-m2 screens will be installed on the backside.
In an interview for FC Bayern Magazin the stadium’s director Jürgen Muth assured readers the new screens will be larger than at any European stadium. This of course is not true, just check Krasnodar.
Signage and crowd management around Allianz Arena will also change to simplify the matchday experience, although significant changes to the outer promenade are expected no sooner than 2018, as they require permissions. By 2019 the away fans will enjoy new parking site west of the stadium with 1,275 spaces.
Overall no less than €10 million will be spent on these upgrades, which are expected to put Allianz Arena on top of the list of bidders for at least one Champions League final in the next 10 years. Or so the club expects. Of course this also matters in the context of Euro 2020 and potential Euro 2024 bid.
The planned works are already the second major upgrade for Allianz Arena. After its first decade in operation, in 2015, the stadium saw its illumination entirely redone to improve its displaying potential. The stadium has also been expanded several times already, beginning with 66,000 capacity and then gradually growing to over 69,000, 72,000 and now its final 75,000+ capacity.