Munich stadium is where the opening match of the FIFA 2006 World Cup will be played. This all-new stadium, with its large diamond-shaped translucent panels, is one of the most spectacular and unusual in the world of football. Near the new stadium, the Olympiapark site of the old Olympic stadium will accommodate broadcasting teams, stewarding of supporters and many other activities during the competition.
Work on the all-new Hamburg stadium began in March 1998 with the demolition of the old Volksparkstadion. The new stadium with a capacity of 56,114 received a five-star rating from UEFA—the maximum—and is officially recognized as one of the best football grounds in Europe.