"Whatever takes a long time is worth it"

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Instead of celebrating with the normal wreaths and public speakers, skydiving and action were the name of the game for a unique build celebration on the occasion of the completion of the roof truss at the SAP Garden construction site. Two skydive pilots landed on the roof of the multifunctional sports arena and delivered the last nut for the now finished steel roof truss structure of the SAP Garden. In addition, athletes from ice hockey, basketball, figure skating and video gaming demonstrated the diversity of the new home of the Red Bull Munich ice hockey team and the Bayern basketball team.

"Builders" Uli Hoeness celebrates the work done

"This hall is a win-win situation for everyone," says Uli Hoeness, who as the club's president at the time helped get the new super hall on the former Olympic site off the ground and now looks back on the history of its creation. Today's honorary president said: "We can look forward to a new prestige object for the city. Whatever takes a long time is worth it in the end."

The topping-out ceremony also marked the launch of the new sapgarden.com website. From now until July 25 next year, a ticket raffle will be running where fans have the chance to win 100 free tickets for the big opening event in 2024 at the SAP Garden.


Since November 2022, 18 truss girders, each weighing almost 170 tons, have been lifted and installed for the roof structure of the SAP Garden. Now, in May 2023, the last 100 grams of a total of 3,000 tons of steel were put in place. The steel roof of SAP Garden is finished. It spans 14,000 square meters of floor space and will be covered with a flower meadow once all construction work has been completed.

Infos und Interviews at sapgarden.com

When the SAP Garden opens in 2024, fans and spectators will be able to enjoy top-class sports,  gaming and excellent catering and entertainment in the so-called "Bowl". Amateur athletes will also get their money's worth on the three additional covered ice rinks. The video clip of the build ceremony provides a first impression of the diversity of what the SAP Garden will play host to.

"Professional ice hockey and basketball, ice skating for families and many other events - the SAP Garden will fill the city with new life," says Hoeness, looking forward to the possibilities of the new arena. Together with Dietrich Mateschitz, he launched the "SAP Garden" project and is sure: "In connection with this arena, everyone will get a completely new relationship to sports." Christian Winkler, Managing Director of Sports Red Bull Ice Hockey, sees "a special venue at the top European level" growing up in the new multifunctional sports arena.

Experience Center now open

On sapgarden.com, the stadium company (SAP) has also published an interview with exclusive statements by Hoeness on the creation of SAP Gardens and its significance for sports as well as for the city of Munich. In it, Hoeness emphasizes what is also particularly close to the heart of Red Bull Stadion München GmbH: the excellent cooperation between the partners Red Bull, the City of Munich, the stadium's namesake SAP and FC Bayern Munich. "The SAP Garden gives EHC Red Bull München and FC Bayern Basketball the opportunity to reach new heights." 

The current Experience Center at the SAP Garden is also operated by FC Bayern Basketball: FCBB contact persons are regularly available to answer questions from fans, partners and all other interested parties.

Free tickets for the Experience Center can be booked at the FCBB online store.


The SAP Garden 

  • approx. 70,000 m² gross floor area
  • Spectator capacity: up to 11,500 seats 
  • All EHC Red Bull Munich home games
  • At least 20 games of FC Bayern Basketball
  • Up to 40 additional sports or sports-related events incl. eSports
  • Three covered ice rinks for training purposes and popular sports
  • Over 1,000 Business-Seats 
  • 11 VIP-Boxes 
  • Office and conference rooms
  • Restaurant 

To note:

All video clips (source: Red Bull Stadion München GmbH) and photos (source: Flo Hagena, Alexandra Beier, Red Bull or 3XN) on the build ceremony can also be downloaded at www.sapgarden.com for editorial use with reference to the source.

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