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Bayern Munich will turn their Allianz Arena into a free giant public-viewing stadium to screen their Champions League final at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund live on May 25 with a crowd of 45,000 expected after tickets became available on Thursday.
With Bayern having received 250,000 ticket requests for the Wembley showdown, the first time two German clubs have contested the European final, the Bavarian giants are offering free tickets to fans to watch the game in Munich.
Two of the Allianz Arena’s three tiers will be open for fans to watch the game on giant screens, dropping the stadium’s capacity from 60,000 to 45,000, with each fan able to claim a maximum of four tickets from the stadium’s box office.
A second public-viewing location will also be open in Munich’s Theresienwiese, where the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival is held each September.
When Bayern lost the 2010 Champions League final 2-0 to Inter Milan, some 60,000 fans filled the Allianz Arena to watch the defeat in Madrid.
Last May, 65,000 supporters crammed into Munich’s Olympic Stadium to watch Bayern’s penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Chelsea in their own Allianz Arena stadium.