Go the Socceroos!

7 June 2006

Go the Socceroos! Since the opening match on 9 June 2006, fans around the world have been celebrating the sporting event of the year. The Australian Socceroos decidedly beat Japan on 12 June before they met and were gallantly defeated by the current world champions Brazil on 18 June. Cheers are louder than ever, with the Socceroos drawing 2-2 with Croatia on 22 June, creating a historic passage to the next round. The Socceroos are Australia's newest heros, despite being defeated by Italy in the "Round of 16" in Kaiserslautern on Tuesday 27 June (AEST).

Where the action is

Inside the stadiumThe opening match of the World Cup was played on June 9, at the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich, Germany, a facility designed and built to serve as a football stadium.

Opened in May 2005, the Allianz Arena took less than three years to build. The 7 level architecturally modern and unique arena, is located in northern Munich, the district of Fröttmaning, Germany.

The smooth facade is formed from 2,874 translucent, lozenge-shaped foil panels. The self-cleaning, fire, heat and cold-resistant panels are inflated to a permanent pressure of 350 Pascal. Each panel can be separately illuminated in white, blue or red, creating a breathtaking backdrop at night. Regulations state that the lighting cannot be changed more than every two minutes in order to minimise distraction to motorway traffic. About 120,000 cubic metres of concrete and 20,000 tonnes of steel were needed to complete construction.

Lighting up the skyWith an impressive capability of housing 66,000 spectators and 9,800 cars in the largest four-storey car park in Europe, FIFA's Organising Committee announced that the Allianz Arena would host a total of six games for the 2006 FIFA World Cup TM - the prestigious Opening Match, three preliminary round games, one quarter-final and one semi-final. However, due to FIFA regulations, the stadium will be know as “FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich” for the length of the tournament.

In just two days, 8,000 square metres of new rolled turf was delivered and immediately laid on the 72 x 111m pitch at the Allianz Arena in preparation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. With the groundwork completed, the arena is ready to host the all important opening match between host nation Germany and Costa Rica.

Unique and world class

Turf being laidThe Allianz Arena incorporates state of the art design and technology. With its investment in the latest fire safety standards, it won the 2003 German Fire Prevention Award. The award is the principal accolade in Germany for fire prevention in buildings. The winning fire prevention and safety features include: 15,000 sprinklers, 300 dry/wet risers, 4,600 fire detectors, approx. 35,000 linear fire detectors, 6,200 loudspeaker alarm system, 110 turnstiles, fixed and mobile card readers, 90 recording cameras providing court-admissible footage and approx. 800,000m of fibre optic cable for fast data transmission.

Spectators will also be able to view the match from two world-class video walls mounted in the North and South stands above the goal areas. These 33KW, 12 tonne LED screens measure 100m2 will relay images of the game live using 150,000 pixels per screen. There are also 190 monitors throughout the arena so no one misses a moment.

Fans also won’t be left hungry with 6,000m2 dedicated to catering facilities including 28 kiosks, two 1,000 seat restaurants, one 400 seat a-la-carte restaurant and a 520m2 mixed zone.

Find out more about the Allianz Arena or view the latest pictures of this venue.

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