A tour of the stadium
Stadium tour guide (S): Good day, or 'Grüß Gott', as we say in Bavaria. Welcome to the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich. My name is Stefan Meier. I will be your guide through this beautiful new soccer stadium today. It is called 'Europe's most modern stadium'. If you have any questions during the tour, don't hesitate to interrupt me.
Lena (L): We'll never have a chance!! He talks his head off!
Monica (M): Excuse me, could you please speak a bit slower?
S: Sure. The Allianz Arena was inaugurated in 2005. It took less than three years to build and cost 340 million euros. It is jointly owned by two German soccer league teams, 1860 München and FC Bayern München. The façade is made of 2,760 inflated panels, which can be lit up in blue, red or white. When Bayern are playing, the façade is red, when 1860 are playing, it is blue. There are 66,000 seats and standing room for 3,300 more people. During the World Cup, there will be 59,000 seats available.
M: And two of them are ours!
S: We are standing on the top tier; down below us you can see the field and the two goals. The turf is of the highest quality, of course. On the side you can see the players' bench, and next to it, the players' tunnel. The tunnel leads to the team dressing rooms and the players' other rooms.
L: Excuse me, what kind of other rooms do they have?
S: Well, for example, the showers, the physical therapy room, and two rooms for warming up. Hhm, ok, let's continue. Up here is the press area and on two sides of the stadium there are video screens, with a viewing area of 100 square meters each.
M: Not bad, I bet you can see the goals really well in the replay.
S: In the stadium there are also 28 kiosks, three restaurants, offices and conferences rooms.
L: They've got everything but a hotel!
S: Now, if you would follow me, we'll go down the stairs. Watch your step.