Swanky SAP Garden slated for September opening


SAP Garden opening in September Image: Red Bull Muenchen, SAP Garden & NHL

Its official: On September 27th, the SAP Garden in Munich (Germany) will open its doors to the public for the first time – and with a bang!

‘Red Bull Muenchen’ stated that the professional ice hockey team Red Bull Munich will kick off the opening weekend from September 27th-29th with a game against a team from the best ice hockey league in the world, the National Hockey League (NHL).

The SAP Garden is a new 12,500-seat indoor sports arena in Munich’s (Germany) Olympic Park. It’s being built on the site of the former Radstadion, which was demolished in 2015. The arena will be the new home for the ice hockey team Red Bulls Munich and will also serve as the home venue for the FC Bayern Munich Basketball.

The Radstadion was a velodrome located at Olympiapark in Munich, Germany. They hosted the track portion of the cycling competitions for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The track was 285.714 meters long by 7 meters wide.

The Red Bull Munich is a professional ice hockey team based in Munich, Germany. The club is a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest level of play in professional German ice hockey.

The Olympia Eishalle is an indoor sporting arena located in Munich, Germany. It is used for various indoor events and is the home arena of the ice hockey team Red Bull Munich now playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The capacity of the arena stands at 6,256.

The FC Bayern Munich Basketball, commonly referred to as the Bayern Munich, is a professional basketball club, a part of the FC Bayern Munich sports club, based in Munich, Germany. The club competes domestically in the Basketball Bundesliga (the highest level league of professional club basketball in Germany) and internationally in the EuroLeague (a European men’s professional basketball club competition). The 6,500-capacity Audi Dome in Munich serves as their residence.

New York (US)-based the National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams – 25 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

‘Red Bull Muenchen’ further stated that the above opening date was first announced on the evening of February 18th and on the occasion a drone show was held around the new arena of the four-time German champions Red Bull Munich who have won four Deutsche Eishockey Liga titles.

The first sporting event in the new multifunctional sports arena will be an ice hockey match. Not just any match, but a game between the Red Bull Munich and an NHL team. The name of the NHL team is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The SAP Garden can accommodate up to 11,500 spectators, with a maximum capacity of 10,796 for ice hockey matches. The main building measures 29 meters from the ice surface to the hall ceiling. From the 2024-2025 seasons, all Red Bull Munich home games will be played in the SAP Garden. In addition, at least 20 FC Bayern Basketball home games and up to 40 sporting or sports-related events will be held in the swanky facility every year. An extensive agreement has been reached with the City of Munich, and the arena will cover more than 8,000 hours of ice time.

The SAP Garden also includes three ice rinks that can be used all year round with a total ice surface of around 5,400 square meters, which are designed for both training purposes as well as for recreational sports and can be operated independently of the main building. In addition to ice hockey, Olympic sports such as figure skating, short track and curling can also be practiced here for training purposes.

One of the three ice rinks has a capacity to hold 600 spectators, while the other two rinks can accommodate 200 people each. The entire building complex, including the main playing area, is part of Munich’s world-famous and historic Olympic Park and has a gross floor area of more than 70,000 square meters, with a total usable area of an impressive 22,500 square meters.

The 69,250-capacity Olympiapark in Munich, Germany, is an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Located in the Oberwiesenfeld neighborhood of Munich, the park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social and religious events, such as events of worship. It includes a contemporary carillon.

Enriching Experience

Remarked René Dimter, Managing Director of Red Bull Stadion München GmbH, the developer of SAP Gardens, “We are very excited that the arena will go on stream in September with a very exciting hockey match as the inaugural event. We can promise all future visitors an extraordinary stadium experience in one of the most modern sports arenas in Europe.”

‘Open House Day’

After the Red Bulls game against an NHL team, an ‘Open House Day’ will follow. On September 28th, the visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the luxurious arena and the crème de la crème facilities it will offer. Among other things, the guests will be able to experience the new video cube with a total projection area of 209 square meters. In addition, the visitors can look forward to watching various shows in the multipurpose SAP Garden.

On September 29th, the five-time German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich will hold a basketball match on the new floor at Oberwiesenfeld.

Ticket sales for the ice hockey and basketball fixtures are expected to start in May.

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