Despite the build only taking a record 18 months, the opening of a new stadium is always a spectacle to behold. Right up until the past days our club officials, along with numerous other parties and helpers, have been intensively working on the finishing touches for our new home and got the job done ahead of D-Day.
Saturday the 16th of July was therefore not only a historic day for the club, but also a very intense milestone. The day represented - after the opening of the new fan shop, the Rapideum, the fan corner, and the Gerhard Hanappi Square - the huge high point for which so many have worked so hard.
So, D-Day arrived and, by extension, the opening of the new Allianz Stadium. It was a fantastic moment which alongside entertainment, politics, business, and culture was augmented by former President Heinz Fischer symbolically cutting the green-white band to officially open the new stadium in a carnival atmosphere. Ahead of the richly diverse entertainment programme prior to kick-off, the Allianz Stadium was already packed to the rafters with fans and officials alike barely able to wait for the historic event to unfold. Finally, the main event arrived, as the Green & Whites took to the brand new turf for the first time.