‘Bulls’ to hit ‘bull’s’ eye with spiffy arena



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German premier ice hockey club EHC Red Bull Munich and basketball team Bayern Munich can look forward to new ultra modern accommodation at SAP Garden, a new 11,500-capacity indoor stadium in Germany, scheduled for completion in 2022.

SAP Garden is a planned 11,500-capacity indoor arena, to be built in Oympiapark, Munich (Germany). It is expected to be completed in 2022 at the earliest. The site will be built at the location of the former Radstadion which was demolished in 2015.

The ‘SAP Garden’ website informed that a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the highest level of play in professional German ice hockey, the Eishockeyclub Red Bull München or EHC Red Bull München (Munich Red Bulls Ice Hockey Club) is a professional ice hockey team based in Munich, Germany. It currently plays at the 6,256-capacity indoor Olympia Eishalle Stadium, which was opened five years prior to the 1972 Olympic Games.

FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH, commonly referred to as Bayern Munich, is a professional basketball club, a part of the FC Bayern Munich sports club, based in Munich, Germany. The club which plays its home games at the 6,700-capacity Audi Dome competes domestically in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and internationally in the EuroLeague.

The club has won 3 DEL titles in a row, as well as the German Cup in 2010.

The cornerstone or rather the ice block, which supplemented it, was laid for the multifunctional arena by EHC Red Bull Munich GmBH recently.

The ‘SAP Garden’ website further reported that the multiuse arena will sit atop the site where the former Radstadion was located in Olympiapark, Munich, Germany. Radstadion was demolished in 2015 to make way for the multipurpose arena.

The block of ice encapsulated sports paraphernalia of Red Bull Munich and its partners FC Bayern Munich Basketball and SAP.

Don Jackson, Coach, EHC Red Bull Munich remarked, “We are very pleased that a new modern home is being built for our ice hockey club Red Bull Munich and its fans. The larger spectator capacity promises even more atmosphere and hopefully many successes.”

The SAP Garden will serve as a venue for sports and sports-related events, mainly for the clubs EHC Red Bull München and FC Bayern München Basketball. At least 15 and maximum 40 FC Bayern basketball games per season and 40 sports and sports-related events will be planned for the venue.

Marko Pesic, CEO, FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH, commented, “The additional home venue will deliver great added value for the spectators. At the same time, we naturally hope that this state-of-the-art hall will also help us as FC Bayern Basketball to make decisive progress in our sporting development.”

The excavation work of 270,000 cubic meters of gravel was almost completed and the shell work being carried out by Züblin was in progress.

In total, the six-story complex would have a gross floor area of approximately 70,000 m² on a footprint of 22,000 m². This would also include three additional covered ice rinks, which were being built especially for training purposes and for popular sports, business seats and 11 boxes with approximately 156 seats.

Verena Dietl, Mayor of the City of Munich, said, “The new sports arena will provide a new home for EHC Red Bull München and FC Bayern‘s basketball players. The complex can also be used by the public. Thus, we are also creating an excellent infrastructure for Munich‘s school, leisure and youth sports. This will revitalize the Olympic Park enormously for decades to come.”

Lars Lamadé, Head of Sponsorships Europe and Asia, SAP, said, “For SAP as a naming, technology and innovation partner, the SAP Garden is a great opportunity to integrate customized and innovative technology solutions for the individual needs of the teams, the fans and also the stadium operator.”

Designed by Copenhagen (Denmark)-based architectural firm 3XN in collaboration with the local architectural firm CL MAP and landscape architects Latz and Partner, the SAP Garden is in the shape of an oval, independent solitaire. The avant-garde stadium will merge seamlessly with the landscape and has been structured to fit naturally into the world famous Olympiapark ensemble.

The dark green roof and vertically structured façade reinforces this impression. The façade is defined by a vertical lamellar structure that swings upwards over the glazed entrances and thus emphasizes the main entrances. The training areas are modeled into a green hill.

The German Aachen-based CL MAP GmbH is an independent planning firm that offers an interdisciplinary team of architects, civil engineers and urban planners.

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