The Olympic Games were held some 35 years ago, but Munich's Olympic park is as alive today as it was at the opening ceremony. And after 35 years of first-class events, a venue like this will of course have quite a collection of stories to tell. “The vitality and history of the stadium has given rise to a new attraction - the Olympic Lobby," declares Olympic park boss Wilfrid Spronk, delightedly.
The room, measuring some 100 square metres and situated en route from the Olympic stadium's VIP area to the exit onto the VIP grandstand, brings history to life - from the 1972 Olympics to the 2006 Fan Fest. Fantastic exhibits, multi-vision and Munich’s longest tabletop football table all bring visitors under their spell. Giant showcases with a wealth of outsized photographs document the Olympic Games, national and international football matches, as well as major rock and pop events right through to the visit by the Pope. The highlights in the display cases include original Olympic medals from 1972 (gold/bronze) and a DFB Champion’s Bowl from 1987 (on loan from FC Bayern Munich).
The Olympic park’s sponsorship partner of many years’ standing, Adidas, has also provided a number of items of interest. They include several Olympic shoes from various disciplines and football boots belonging to stars such as Gerd Müller and Michael Ballack. After the multitude of exciting exhibits, visitors can get involved too. 22 people can play with six balls simultaneously on the six-metre-long-plus tabletop football game - a feature that’s guaranteed to provide excitement.
The new Olympic Lobby can be visited as part of the stadium and experience tour, and, as a further highlight, is also available for small receptions and events. For information about the Olympiapark München GmbH’s tours and for bookings, contact the visitor's service in the information pavilion at the Olympic Ice Arena, tel.: +49 (89) 3067 2414, fax: +49 (89) 3067 2444, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Olympic park’s visitor's service on the fast-track to success The figures speak for themselves: since 1972, just under 14 million visitors have come through the Olympic Stadium's doors. The visitor’s service’s selection of tours has also been expanded with the launch of the spectacular tented roof tour (2003) and the abseiling tour (2004). These tours have opened up the venue to completely new target groups. Around 15,000 people each year go on these two tours alone, which combine thrills with breathtaking vistas. This year there will be a new attraction opening just in time for the holidays: “To boost the value of the stadium and experience tour even further, they will also be taking in the Olympic Lobby," explains Olympic park boss Wilfrid Spronk.
The stadium and experience tour will therefore in future finish in the hugely popular and interesting Olympic Lobby. On other tours, such as the tented roof or abseiling tours, the final stop on the tour can also be used to enjoy a quick restorative drink. This is because, if requested, the Olympic Lobby can also be booked as a small function room. After all, not only are the fascinating exhibits from 35 years of the Olympic stadium's history on display, but the giant table football table that can accommodate up to 22 players is also a major attraction. And with the enhancement of the stadium and experience tour, the tours on offer at the Olympic park are set to continue on their course for success.