Conversion of the Olympic Hall - the start of a new era

Baggerarbeiten beim Umbau der Olympiahalle
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From 2007 to 2009, key parts of the Olympic Hall were rebuilt and modernised. New kiosks, new telescope stands, a new ceiling, new VIP areas, a new truck departure area, a new logistics centre - were all created in two years during ongoing business under the direction of the Munich public works department (client). This was followed in 2010 by video screens and the new restaurant with a beer garden, in 2011 by the Small Olympic Hall, and in 2012 by the new seating. And there will also be further improvements "behind the scenes" in the next few years (e.g. HVAC). For visitors and customers, this means, above all: more service, more comfort and an even wider range of events.

Before modernisation, the Munich Olympic Hall had already been in operation for 35 years. Planning of the hall naturally goes back even further. Despite ongoing maintenance and modernisation work over the past few decades, a building of this age can only meet the requirements of a modern event if it stays at the cutting edge of technology. Even more so if the "building" plays in the top league of event venues - as has been the case so far. For technical and functional reasons, conversion of the Olympic Hall was therefore an absolute must, and should give a clear signal for a successful future of the Olympic Park.

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"If we hadn't acted now, the Olympic Hall would not have been able to keep up with the future market and competitive developments in the field of international events. A decline would have been the inevitable result.", said Olympic Park director, Ralph Huber. To prevent this scenario, the entire infrastructure of the Olympic Hall had to be adapted to modern conditions. Alterations in the areas of logistics, catering, VIP, as well as the capacity and the construction of a new Small Olympic Hall make the flagship of the Olympic Park fit for the premier league for the next 15 to 20 years.

It is known that construction work at the Olympic Park is always associated with problems concerning copyright law and conservation, and the resulting consequences. This problem can be solved while planning the conversion of the Olympic Hall so that instead of living with an "emergency solution", the modernised Olympic Hall gives a clear signal for the future of the Olympic Park.

In an expert opinion on the "burdens resulting from the Olympic sports facilities in 1971", a maximum useful life of 25 years was assumed for Munich. Meanwhile, with its Olympic Hall centrepiece, the Olympic Park has already enjoyed a worldwide reputation as a unique venue for over 40 years. No other Olympic site has been as successful as Munich after the games. To maintain this reputation in the long term, the Olympic Hall has been kept fit for the future since 2007. For a modern Olympic Hall is not only crucial for Olympiapark München GmbH, it also makes an important contribution to Munich. Multi-functional venues of this size in particular are not to be underestimated in the economy.