The foundation stone for the new SAP Garden was officially laid in Munich’s Olympiapark

The foundation stone has been laid: a new sports arena for domestic games of EHC Munich and the basketball club FC Bayern is being built in Olympia Park. On the site of the former Olympia cycling stadium, the SAP Garden will be a multifunctional sports arena with a capacity of up to 11,500 spectators.

On February 23, Red Bull Stadion München GmbH laid the foundation stone for the SAP Garden in Munich’s Olympia park. Due to the pandemic, without a formal ceremony, the stone, which was supplemented with a block of ice, was filled in advance with appropriate items by Red Bull Munich and its partners in the state capital of Munich, FC Bayern Munich Basketball and SAP.

“We are very pleased that a new, modern home is being created for our ice hockey club Red Bull Munich and its fans. The larger spectator capacity promises even greater atmosphere and hopefully many successes,” said Don Jackson, head coach of EHC Red Bull Munich, who, along with FC Bayern Basketball, will be the main user of the SAP Garden.

“The additional home arena will provide the spectators with great added value,” said Marko Pesic, CEO of FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH: “At the same time, of course, we hope that this ultra-modern hall will also help us in terms of our sporting development.”

Mayor Verena Dietl said: “With the new sports arena, the EHC Red Bull Munich and FC Bayern will have a new home. The complex can also be used by the general public for leisure and youth sports”.

The construction work for the sports facility officially started in January 2020.  The Austrian beverage company Red Bull is financing the hall, the cost of which will be around 100 million euros .

After completion, not only the professionals, but also Munich’s popular sport should enjoy this chic multifunctional arena. Schools, clubs, competitive sports and the general public in general will be able to use the hall. The city of Munich has been guaranteed around 8,000 hours per year to use the ice rinks, for example for public ice skating.

The architecture competition was announced in 2017 by the City of Munich and Red Bull Stadion München GmbH. In the end, the Danish architecture company 3XN prevailed and the surrounding area is designed by the landscape architects from Latz + Partner .

The roof of the new arena will definitely be an eye-catcher, as it will be almost completely covered by a lawn and will therefore blend in perfectly with the landscape of the Olympia Park. The outer walls have a lamellar structure and the entrance area will be completely glazed.

There are great hopes associated with the SAP Garden – both when talking about sports and architecture. When the winner of the architectural competition was announced in February 2019, then FC Bayern President Uli Hoeneß said: “I’m really thrilled with how the architects of the winning design managed to capture the look and feel of the historic Olympia Park. The new hall will be much more than a state-of-the-art arena in which the fans, athletes and our basketball team will feel comfortable”. It is also an architectural eye-catcher and an asset for Munich.


Photo credit: 3XN Architects & MIR