Architects office 3XN given the green light to build the new multifunctional sports arena

14.02.2019 - Olympiapark München GmbH

On 14th February, the State Capital of Munich, FC Bayern Basketball, SAP and Red Bull unveiled the winning design for the new, multi-functional sports arena on the site of the former Olympic Velodrome in Munich's Olympic Park. The Danish architect's office 3XN from Copenhagen, in collaboration with landscape architects LATZ + PARTNER, has been commissioned to build the future match venue for the German ice hockey champions Red Bull Munich and the German basketball champions FC Bayern Munich, which will have a spectator capacity of 11,500. In order to install the best possible infrastructure for school, leisure and developing sports facilities, three further covered ice sports areas will be built alongside the sports arena for training purposes and for non-competitive popular sports. An extensive winter period contract has been signed with the State Capital of Munich to facilitate this. The developer for the project will be Red Bull Stadion München GmbH. The arena itself will be an oval-shaped, stand-alone building which will integrate into its natural surroundings and fit in sympathetically with the other amenities in the world-famous Olympic Park. The intensively planted roof and vertical, structured façade will reinforce this impression. The façade will be determined by a vertical, slatted structure that swings upwards over the glazed doorways, accentuating the main entrances. The sunken training pitches will be modelled to create a green hill, reflecting the topography of the area and allowing a logical continuation of the Olympic Park's pathways and landscape design. Jan Ammundsen, Head of Design at 3XN: "We are delighted and very proud to be designing the new, multi-functional sports arena in the Munich Olympic Park. This is actually 3XN's fourth arena project. It will be a wonderful opportunity to be part of the park's inspirational, historic overall architecture. During the design process, we constantly kept in mind the ideas behind the original design, and often asked ourselves what Günter Behnisch's approach would be. It was important for us to create a flexible and versatile arena with a strong identity, but one which respects the history and vision of the original Olympic Park, and which of course fits in with the Olympic Park. We want to create the ideal surroundings for an excellent fan experience." Subject to how the construction and approval process goes, the laying of the foundations is scheduled to take place this winter. It is hoped that the new sports arena will be opened in the late summer of 2021. The two future main users, FC Bayern Munich Basketball and Red Bull Munich, will each be able to play up to 40 matches a year in the sports arena at full capacity. A further 20 sporting events, as well as 20 sports-related events, will also be possible in an ideal scenario. All in all, the arena has a gross surface area of 62,500 square metres.
Christian Schluder, Red Bull GmbH: "3XN's brilliant design fits in beautifully with the unmistakable surroundings of the Olympic Park, enriching it with its independent, sophisticated architectural expression. At the same time, the design combines cost-effectiveness, sustainability and energy efficiency. This is why the design by 3XN was the best of many excellent submissions. The new, multi-functional sports arena will not only give the two top teams Red Bull Munich and FC Bayern Munich Basketball, as well as their fans, an ultra-modern new home, but the city and the Olympic Park will also gain a new landmark. Munich and the two clubs will be able to profit from this privately financed major project for decades to come."
Uli Hoeneß, President of FC Bayern München eV: "I'm absolutely delighted by how the architects of the winning design have managed to incorporate the feel of the historic Olympic Park. The new hall will be much more than just a modern arena, where fans, athletes and of course our basketball team will feel completely at home. I'm convinced that this sports arena, with its coherent design and green roof, will be a real architectural eye-catcher and benefit for the city of Munich."
Christine Strobl, Mayor of the State Capital of Munich: "The sports facilities in the heart of the Olympic Park, all of which form a wonderful ensemble, called for a sensitive approach to planning the new sports arena. The design by the 3XN architect's office and the landscape architects involved impressed the competition's prize committee in every respect. The new hall will integrate harmoniously with the park landscape and, with its façade structure and green roof, create stylish highlights. For the State Capital of Munich, the contractual use of the ice areas - around 8,000 hours per season - will provide a unique opportunity to create excellent facilities for public ice skating, as well as ice skating training and club sports. With the construction of the sports arena, the Olympic Park will further expand its position as an outstanding event venue in Munich for popular and peak performance sports." SAP already secured the naming rights to the future multi-functional sports arena back in September of last year. The world market leader for business software is also accompanying the construction project as its technology and innovation partner. From the 14th of February, the #NameGameOn competition to find a name for the new, multi-functional sports arena will begin. Future spectators are being encouraged to help determine the name of the new venue. At, fans will be able to submit name suggestions for the new sports arena until 4th March 2019. A panel of judges, made up of representatives from Red Bull, FC Bayern Basketball and SAP, will then choose several favourites. These will then be put to a public vote online to choose a winner.
Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Committee of SAP SE and responsible for Digital Business Services: "Together with Red Bull and FC Bayern Munich, we will be offering fans a very special experience based on innovative SAP solutions. As the technology and innovation partner, and the naming sponsor for the new sports arena, we want to include sports fans from all over the world and of course Munich in the naming process, and thereby give them the opportunity to play their part in shaping a piece of sporting history. We're looking forward to a wide range of creative naming ideas."
The new, multi-functional sports arena in figures:
  • 62,500 m² gross surface area
  • Spectator capacity: up to 11,500 seats
  • Three covered ice rinks
  • Underground garage in the sports arena offering 220 parking spaces (around 4,000 parking spaces are also available in the Olympic Park's Parkharfe parking area)
  • 1,000 corporate seats
  • Eleven boxes with around 156 seats
  • Fan shops
  • Office and conference rooms
Information on SAP
As the market leader for business software, SAP SE supports companies of all sizes and from every industry, helping them to operate their business profitably, continually adapt and grow sustainably. From back office to board room, from goods warehouses to shelves, from desktops to mobile devices, SAP helps people and organisations work together more efficiently and use business information more effectively than the competition. Over 404,000 customers from private business and the public sector rely on SAP applications and services to achieve their goals more efficiently. More information can be found at
Information on FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH
The basketball players from Bavaria took the double in 2018, claiming the championship and the cup. For the next few years, the FCBB has secured the right to play in the EuroLeague, pitting its skills against the strongest teams on the continent. In the basketball federal league, the four-times German champions (1954, 1955, 2014, 2018) are fighting their eighth season following their rise to glory in 2011. FC Bayern München eV is the sole partner to FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH and, with around 290,000 members, is the sports club with the biggest membership in the world. More information can be found at
Information on Red Bull
Inspired by functional drinks from the Far East, Dietrich Mateschitz founded Red Bull in the mid-1980s. A completely new product category - energy drinks - was born. Today, Red Bull is available in 171 countries. Since its market launch in 1987, more than 75 billion cans of the drink have been consumed. In 2018 alone, over 6.7 billion cans of Red Bull were sold worldwide. For more information, visit
Information on 3XN
Since it was founded in 1986, 3XN has represented the continuation of the Scandinavian tradition of clarity and spaciousness in architecture, bringing this tradition to a global audience. The architecture firm's work is based on the continuous exploration of the mechanisms that buildings use to reflect and influence human behaviour and the environment. The results are innovative solutions for the increasingly complex demands of modern times. 3XN's most spectacular projects include the Royal Arena and the Danish national aquarium (The Blue Planet) in Copenhagen, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne and the new Fish Market and Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney. In addition to its head office in Copenhagen, 3XN has offices in Sydney, New York and Stockholm. GXN is 3XN's innovation department specialising in the fields of circular design, behaviour-oriented design and digital design. Its goals include the creation of anthropocentric design solutions and the development of buildings in the form of man-made ecosystems. Since 2007, GXN has been at the vanguard of architectural innovation focusing on materials, technologies and human behaviour. The G stands for "Green" and highlights GXN's focus on ecological design. 

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