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 By Mark Lovell

Fourth-tier 1860 Munich charging more for tickets than Bayern Munich

1860 Munich fans will return to the Grunwalder Stadium for fourth-tier football this season.

Fourth-tier side 1860 Munich are charging more for an adult standing season ticket than Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

1860, the first Munich side ever to win the Bundesliga in 1966, were relegated from the second-tier in May and immediately dropped down another level after failing to transfer about €5 million to the German Football Federation (DFB) for a third division licence.

The club announced on Friday that fans will have to pay €199 for a full-price adult standing terrace season ticket to watch Regionalliga fourth-tier football at the Grunwalder Stadium -- an increase of €7 on last season's 2. Bundesliga season ticket.

In the top two professional German leagues, only Hamburg (€224) and Borussia Dortmund (€211.50) offer more expensive standing season tickets, while Bayern fans pay €140 in the top tier for an equivalent season ticket to stand in the southern terrace Sudkurve in the Allianz Arena.

Bayern's reserve team, commonly an under-23 side, will also compete in the same league and begin their campaign against Ingolstadt reserves on Friday, also at the Grunwalder.

On Monday, Bayern announced the termination of 1860's rental contract for home games at the Allianz Arena. The two Munich clubs had ground shared since 2004-05, previously holding equal shares in the stadium, which was built for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Bayern had acquired 1860's shares in 2006 for €11 million but allowed their neighbours to stage homes games as a tenant.

Meanwhile, after staving off bankruptcy earlier in the week, 1860 started their Regionalliga campaign with a convincing 4-1 away victory in Memmingen on Thursday.

1860, who played at the Grunwalder in the suburb of Giesing when they won the Bundesliga title over 50 years ago, return for their opening home Regionalliga fixture against Wacker Burghausen on July 21.

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


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