FC Bayern opens its Youth Academy
Close to FC Bayern’s Allianz Arena in the north of Munich, the club opened its new Campus for young players. The aim of the Youth Academy is to optimize and improve the development of young talent.
The new FC Bayern Campus, a €70 million project in terms of construction cost, was built in 22 months. The 30-hectare facility incorporates a sports hall for basketball, handball and table tennis, eight football pitches for youth teams from the U-9s to the U-19s as well as the women's and girls' teams, and a 2,500-capacity stadium, where the U-17s and the U-19s contest their Bundesliga matches. The academy’s buildings on the campus, comprises offices for coaches and staff as well as 35 apartments for talents who don't live in the Greater Munich area.
"Like many big clubs around the world, a youth academy has been our dream for many years. What you can see here today can make us all feel proud. Our staff have an infrastructure better than any other."
Uli Hoeneß, President FC Bayern
Former player and manager, Hermann Gerland, will oversee the sporting side of operations at the academy. The club foresees the campus as a crucial step for the future of FC Bayern and hopes that several young talents will make it to the first team as a result of the Youth Academy.
During the Stadium Development Seminar at the ESSMA Summit 2017, Jürgen Muth, CEO of the Allianz Arena and ESSMA Advisory Committee member, already presented the new training center to the ESSMA community.