Olympiastadion is a stadium located in Munich, Germany. Situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics.With an original capacity of 80,000, the stadium also hosted many major football matches including the 1974 World Cup Final and the Euro '88 Final. It hosted the European Cup Finals of 1979, 1993 and 1997.Until the construction of the Allianz Arena for the 2006 World Cup, the stadium was home to Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich. Today, the Olympiastadion holds 69,250.
Designed by the German architect Günther Behnisch and the engineer Frei Otto, the Olympiastadion was considered revolutionary for its time. This included large sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilized by steel cables that were used for the first time on a large scale. The idea was to imitate the Alps and to set a counterpart to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, held during the Nazi regime. The sweeping and transparent canopy was to symbolize the new, democratic and optimistic Germany. This is reflected in the official motto: "The Happy Games" ("Die Heiteren Spiele").
In addition to being a sports venue, the stadium has hosted many open-air concerts.The American megasuperstar Michael Jackson performed at the stadium in five times, all sold out and with a maximum capacity of the stadium for musical concerts. The first was on 8 July 1988, during his Bad World Tour, for more than 72,000 fans. The second sell out concert, on 27 June 1992, started his Dangerous World Tour, Jackson's subsequent tour, to other 72,000 fans. The next two were on 4 & 6 July 1996, during his HIStory World Tour for a total audience of 145,000 people (the first of which was filmed and marketed worldwide). The fifth and last, on 27 June 1999, to others 72,000 fans, was during the special "Michael Jackson and His Friends", in which the star joined several other artists to raise funds to help needy and underprivileged children around the world.
The American rock band Bon Jovi performed at the stadium in six times, all sold out. The first was on 4 June 1995, during the These Days Tour. The second one, on 30 June 2001, during the One Wild Night Tour. The third one, on 13 June 2003, during the Bounce Tour, the fourth was on 25 May 2006, during the Have A Nice Day Tour for 71,467 fans, the fifth was on 24 May 2008, during the Lost Highway Tour for 70,473 fans, the sixth and last, on 12 June 2011, during the The Circle Tour for 68,025 fans.
Guns N' Roses filmed parts of their Estranged video there when they visited Munich in June 1993. Depeche Mode recorded their show at the stadium on 13 June 2009 for their live albums project Recording the Universe.Parts of the 1975 film Rollerball were shot on the (then) futuristic site surrounding the stadium.The Olympic Stadium also hosted Motorcycle speedway when it held the 1989 World Final on 2 September 1989. Denmark's Hans Nielsen won his second World Championship with a 15 point maximum from his five rides. The late Simon Wigg of England finished in second place after defeating countryman Jeremy Doncaster in a run-off to decide the final podium places after both had finished with 12 points from their five rides. Three time champion Erik Gundersen of Denmark finished in fourth place with 11 points.