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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Allianz Arena needs new pitch

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The pitch at Munich's new stadium - The Allianz Arena, which will host the opening match of the World Cup on June 9, is being replaced, Bayern Munich said on Tuesday.

According to the people of Bayern Munich,the new pitch of the Allianz Arena Stadium would be in place for Sunday's home Bundesliga game against Schalke 04.

Wintry weather damaged the pitch which was re-laid last November.

"Even Barcelona would have problems playing on a pitch in that state," Bayern coach Felix Magath claimed.

The Munich stadium needed repairs earlier this month after a bearing in a joint between two concrete slabs was damaged.

We must notice that it is not the first stadium in Germany to require repairs ahead of the World Cup.This month cracks were discovered in a supporting column at the brand-new Frankfurt arena, which has also had a leaky roof.

In fact, in Kaiserslautern, a Bundesliga game had to be called off last December after a crack appeared in the east stand of the 85-year-old Fritz-Walter-Stadion.

The opening game between Germany and Costa Rica will be played in the Munich stadium, which cost 280 million euros ($335 million) and was opened one year ago.