Grünwalder Stadium revamp in the cards?


TSV 1860 Muenchen stadium update March 2022 Image: TSV 1860 Muenchen

Futuristic touch to the Grünwalder Stadium in Munich, Germany – which has been a foot-dragging affair – is finally expected to take shape. The Sports Mayor, Verena Dietl, stated that finally a decision will be taken in the month of April.

The Grünwalder Stadium project has been gathering dust over the years. However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as things are suddenly coming back on track.

The 15,000-capacity Grünwalder Stadium is a football stadium in Munich, Germany. It was built in 1911. Bundesliga giant FC Bayern Munich played in the stadium from 1926 until 1972.

The ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ stated that Munich’s Sports Mayor Verena Dietl informed that a draft resolution would be taken up for discussion on March 9th to facilitate taking a decision two weeks later in the general assembly of the City Council.

Dietl stated, “The last points of the draft resolution must be discussed so that we can take it up during the meeting to be held during March end.”

The ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ further stated that the above translates to the fact that in this quarter too work will not start on sprucing up the traditional football stadium. But, in the next quarter, work will start for sure.

Studies conducted reveal that once the renovation work is over, the stadium rent will go up.

The 3. Liga teams TSV 1860 Munich and Türkgücü München and the FC Bayern Munich II (reserve team of FC Bayern Munich) who use the stadium -all stated in unison that the “need of the hour is to revamp the Grünwalder Stadium as it is aging”.

Though TSV 1860 Munich is presently playing in 3. Liga, but they are working by the sweat of their brows to get back to the 2. Liga fold. So, while the redecoration work of the facility is carried out, it will have to be kept in mind that the stadium can accommodate a 2. Liga team and hold 15,000 to 18,000 spectators.

Added Dietl, “Proper hospitality spaces will have to come up and the stadium will have to be totally covered in the form of a concrete roof.”

Thanks to the initiative taken by the German Football League (DFL), the grandstands of the venue are all covered now and spectators are protected from the weather elements. An all-covered stadium may not go down well with the nearby residents as now they enjoy a good view of the arena inside out from their buildings and also enjoy the game of soccer. But, this is as far as the football fiends are concerned. For those who are not interested in the game of soccer, at least a fully covered stadium will diminish the noise pollution and fans’ chants for them.

It is still not clear as to what extent the manually operated scoreboard in the West curve can be retained with the stadium getting fully covered with a roof post-revamp.

A lot of blueprints have been out on the redesign of the stadium so far for years together, and a few more will probably be out before the relevant authorities zero in on one.

Once the City Council takes a decision, it will probably take another three years before redecoration work on the stadium actually starts. Maybe, latest by the year 2025.

‘The Lions’ and their fans have never felt at home with the Grünwalder Stadium. But, once the repurposing work of the venue is over, maybe they will feel right at home.

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