A shrine of European football, the Allianz Arena has changed its name twice in its short history because of stadium advertising restrictions. It was known as the ‘FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich' during the 2006 World Cup and is still called the ‘Fußball Arena München' for UEFA competitions.
Germans know of it fondly as the Schlauchboot (dinghy). The property of Bayern Munich, it is also the home park for TSV 1860 Munich. The 75,000-seat arena was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and opened in late April 2005.
Its facade is made of sheets of self-cleaning air cushions, which are lit from within and let the sunlight through, which keeps the grass happy. Thus, just as it changes its names, the stadium can change colour depending on the type of competition: white for international matches, red for Bayern, blue for TSV Munich…
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