TSV 1860 Munich training center plans


TSV 1860 Muenchen training center Image: Architekturbuero Gerhard Günther

The 3.Liga team TSV 1860 Munich’s (Germany) dream of boasting their own new training center on their home ground premises (Grünwalder Stadion) is finally inching close to reality.

The ‘TSV 1860 Muenchen’ stated that the TSV 1860 Munich President, Robert Reisinger, along with the team’s Vice-Presidents, Heinz Schmidt and Hans Sitzberger, is spearheading the initiative and the design of the training center will be lent by architect Gerhard Günther.

The TSV 1860 Munich is a sports club based in Munich (Germany). Following the 2016-2017 seasons, the club’s football team was relegated from the 2. Bundesliga.

The 21,272-capacity Grünwalder Stadion is a football stadium in Munich, Germany. It was built in 1911 and serves as the home ground of TSV 1860 Munich. Local rival FC Bayern Munich also played in the stadium from 1926 till 1972.

The ‘TSV 1860 Muenchen’ further stated that two years back, site hunt started to set up the new training center but work never got off to a start.

If the training center of TSV 1860 Munich finally sees the light of the day, it would provide a shot in the arm to the club’s growth. Even school children would be able to sharpen their sporting skills in the planned training center. Plans have it that the office and the club museum will come up in a separate building within the training center which will enable closer interaction between the club employees and its members.

However, the decision to set up a training center for the club has hit many a speedbreakers with one hurdle being recently removed with the club getting the green light from the local building commission which is a significant development to the project getting off to a start.

Financial woes

Robert Reisinger stated, “Last year in September we decided to build a new training center for TSV 1860 Munich. Munich-based architect Gerhard Günther provided the preliminary designs for the project. Both Günther and his son Leopold are members of the club and have volunteered to support the assessment and preliminary planning process. The club has not yet paid a single euro to them for this.”

He added, “After the club got relegated from the Bundesliga in the year 1981, it faced a lot of financial hardships. For the 1981-1982 seasons, the team was placed in the 2. Bundesliga but they failed to show their prowess on the pitch. Due to fiscal problems, we were not able to pay the players’ salaries on time and the club was also not in a position to pay off loans. The club was in a total financial mess. Due to relegation, the German Football Association (DFB) refused to provide licence to ‘The Lions’ as the club was mired in a lot of financial problems. The club had to go through a lot of legal battles too.”

To overcome the financial woes, the club had to sell its gymnasium. Despite several obstacles, the club has decided to go ahead with building the training center. The new crop of football players will also benefit from the training center if it finally gets built.

Reisinger further stated, “The training center will have to remain open during the winter months too and it should sit next to the performance center. The present location – Grünwalder Strasse 114 – sits well for the training center. With the preliminary building permit now being received and the same has been approved by the Munich local administration, work can get started on the same. The next step would require a building application to be submitted. Before the construction of the training center can actually begin in the real sense of the term, a detailed financing plan will be required and nod will have to be given for the same.”

Price tag

As per current estimates, the price tag of the new training center will come to 20 million euros. The club is looking to funding from the municipal special funding scheme which provides fiscal support for construction of football clubs’ training centers and TSV 1860 Munich has already received assurance in this regard from the municipal authorities. The Free State of Bavaria – of which Munich is the capital – is also promoting the construction of such training centers through the Bavarian State Sports Association.

The estimated operating costs of the planned training center would come to circa € 200,000 annually and is to be financed with grants from the City, renting out the training center, parking space revenue, restaurant leasing out revenue as well as with contribution from the athletes.

Reisinger informed that the sustainability quotient will be high while building the training center and it will be a state-of-the-art one.

He told the club members, “Only if we roll up our sleeves together will the planned training center become a reality. To achieve the same, it will have to be a team initiative along with steely determination.”

For the construction of the hall, the club will also need the nod of the Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktie (KGaA) and its partner HAM International Limited.

The KGaAis a German corporate designation standing for ‘partnership limited by shares’, a form of corporate organization roughly equivalent to a master limited partnership.

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