Bayern Munich plan to turn the Suedkurve of the Allianz Arena into an all-standing terrace, executive board member Jan-Christian Dreesen has revealed.
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Earlier this year, Bayern announced plans to increase the capacity of their stadium to 75,000. This would make it the second largest ground in Germany, behind Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, which has a total capacity of 80,645 -- reduced to 65,829 for international games and those in UEFA competitions, due to standing restrictions.
The Allianz Arena currently holds 71,137, although that is also reduced to 67,812 for non-domestic fixtures.
To meet UEFA requirements as a possible host for the final and semifinals of Euro 2020 -- a tournament which is set to take place in a number of cities across Europe -- Bayern would need to increase the capacity above 70,000 for international games.
In January it was revealed that the European champions are planning to convert the free steps in the upper tier of the stadium, while CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also vowed to “do something good” for the fans and introduce a further 2,000 places for standing supporters.
And in an interview with Bayern’s matchday magazine for the Schalke game last weekend, Dreesen explained what exactly lies in store.
He said that the club are currently in the planning stages with authorities in Munich to obtain permission to increase the Allianz Arena’s capacity.
“Should we obtain that permission, we will build a real standing terrace in the Suedkurve, not only in the blocks 112 and 113, but also on the complete lower tier of the Suedtribuene,” Dreesen said.
“But, like I’ve said, that is directly connected to the capacity expansion. And this would only be for the Bundesliga, as we are not allowed to sell standing tickets for Champions League.”