Grünwalder Stadion to undergo facelift


TSV 1860 Gruenwalder Stadion Image: MJR Group Ltd.

The Munich city council recently took a step forward to improve the facilities at the Grünwalder Stadion. While the stadium undertook upgrades just last year following an expansion in 2013, it still is way short of the standards even for 2. Bundesliga.

The councilors were able to agree on the desired capacity following the latest revamp. The number of seats will be increased to 18,060 from the current 15,000 as against the previously-proposed 18,600 or even 25,000. The latest number has a symbolic ring to German football club TSV 1860, nicknamed The Lions, that considers the Grünwalder as its spiritual home and currently is the primary tenant of the stadium.

Having relocated back from the Allianz Arena, the Lions landed back here. All of their games are sold out, literally, which caused main shareholder Hasan Ismaik to plea for support from the municipality in expanding the ground.

As per plans, about 3,060 additional places (including standing spaces, possibly), including a VIP area and possibly new boxes, will be added to the stadium. Also, all the entire venue is being planned to be covered, as opposed to the two grandstands at present.

It is to be noted that one more change has to take place in the stadium sooner than later, preferably from the 2020/21 season onwards. At present Grünwalder Stadion is one of the most used stadiums in the country. It hosts not only TSV 1860, but also reserves and women’s team of FC Bayern, as well as SV Türk Gücü.

With a deficit of venues across Munich, the city is considering another major relaunch: the giant Olympiastadion would once again welcome regular football fixtures. Currently it wouldn’t meet requirements for 2. Bundesliga, if only due to lack of under-soil heating. However, even the Olympiastadion is looking at a renovation worth some €100 million.
Revamp is the name of the game it appears.

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