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 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena home to get €10m summer upgrade

The Allianz Arena was built for the 2006 World Cup.

Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena home will be upgraded in €10 million programme of work this summer.

A series of improvements will be made to the stadium, built for the 2006 World Cup, over a 10-week period.

Jurgen Muth, the CEO of Allianz Arena Munchen Stadion, told Bayern's official magazine that floodlight strength would be increased, enabling the stadium to apply to host another Champions League final.

The club last staged the showpiece event in 2012, losing to Chelsea in a dramatic penalty shootout on their own pitch.

"There's only a few European cities and stadia that can fulfil all the requirements for a final," Muth said. "Therefore, I am quite certain that we'll get another final within the next 10 years."

The Allianz Arena will also host four Euro 2020 games "and further matches at Euro 2024, which will be hopefully staged in Germany," Muth said.

The biggest LED video screens in Europe will be installed as part of the makeover, with work potentially beginning at the end of May.

However, the struggles of 1860 Munich, who share the ground, could see it delayed.

With 1860 embroiled in a desperate battle against relegation from the second tier, they could be involved in a playoff at the same time work is due to start.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.


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