Munich's Olympiastadion.
Munich's Olympiastadion.

For the 1972 Summer Olympics, a total of thirty-two sports venues were used. A majority of the venues used were new construction in time for the 1972 Games after Munich was awarded the Games in 1966. Kiel Bay was the only venue from the 1936 Summer Olympics to be used for the 1972 Games. A stretch of the Autobahn near Munich was used for cycling's road team time trial event. After the Olympics, Olympiastadion hosted the final of the FIFA World Cup less than two years later. Augsburg's Eiskanal has served as host to three Canoe Slalom World Championships while the shooting range hosted the World Shooting Championships 2010. Olympiapark was part of Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.



Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Boxhalle Boxing, Judo (final) 7,360 [1]:193–194
Hockeyanlage Field hockey 21,900 [1]:192–193
Olympiahalle Gymnastics, Handball (final) 10.563 [1]:182–184
Olympiastadion Athletics, Ceremonies (opening/ closing), Equestrian (jumping team), Football (final), Modern pentathlon (running) 77,000 [1]:180–182
Olympisches Dorf Competitor housing Not listed. [1]:194–197
Radstadion Cycling (track) 4,157 [1]:187–188
Schwimmhalle Diving, Modern pentathlon (swimming), Swimming, Water polo (final) 9,182 [1]:184–187
Volleyballhalle Volleyball 3,680 [1]:191–192

Greater Munich

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Basketballhalle Basketball, Judo 6,635 [1]:201–202
Bogenschießanlage Archery 1,100 [1]:142–145
Dantebad Water polo 3,200 [1]:212–213
Dressage Facility Nymphenburg Equestrian (dressage) 8,000 [1]:206–207
Grünwald Cycling (individual road race) Not listed. [2]:108, 122
Messegelände, Fechthalle 1 Fencing (final) 978 [1]:197–201
Messegelände Fechthalle 2 Fencing, Modern pentathlon (fencing) 978 [1]:197–201
Messegelände, Gewichtheberhalle Weightlifting 3,297 [1]:197–201
Messegelände, Judo- und Ringerhalle Judo, Wrestling 5,750 [1]:197–201
Regattastrecke Oberschleißheim Canoeing (sprint), Rowing 41,000 [1]:204–205
Riding Facility, Riem Equestrian (jumping individual, eventing cross-country), Modern pentathlon (riding) 23,000 [1]:207–208
Schießanlage Modern pentathlon (shooting), Shooting 4,500 [1]:203

Football venues

Venue Capacity Ref.
Drei Flüsse Stadion (Passau) 20,000 [2]:121 [3]
ESV-Stadion (Ingolstadt) 11,418 [2]:121 [4]
Jahnstadion (Regensburg) 11,200 [2]:121 [5]
Rosenaustadion (Augsburg) 28,000 [2]:121 [6]
Municipal Stadium (Nuremberg) 45,548 [2]:121 [7]

Handball venues

Venue Capacity Ref.
Sporthalle (Böblingen) Not listed [2]:121 [8]
Donauhalle (Ulm) 2,300 [2]:121 [9]
Hohenstaufenhalle (Göppingen) 5,599 [2]:121 [10]
Sporthalle (Augsburg) 3,093 [2]:121 [11]

Other venues

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Bay of Kiel Sailing 4,000 on 14 steam ships [1]:162–167, 209–211
Bundesautobahn 96 Cycling (road team time trial) Not listed. [2]:108, 122
Eiskanal (Augsburg) Canoeing (slalom) 25,000 [1]:208–209

Before the Olympics

At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Kiel served as host of the sailing events. Munich hosted the World Weightlifting Championships in 1955.[12] Augsburg hosted the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in 1957 though that course was a natural whitewater course rather than artificial.[13] Jahnstadion was built in 1926 while Urban Stadium was constructed in 1928.[5][7] Ingolstadt's stadium was constructed in 1932 while Rosenaustadion was completed in 1951.[4][6] The handball venues in Böblingen and Augsburg were completed in the mid-1960s.[8][11]

The German Autobahn was first built in the 1930s and expanded in the 1950s following World War II.[14] The A96 route was constructed in the 1960s and expanded in 1970 in time for the 1972 Summer Olympics.[15]

When Munich was selected as host for the 1972 Summer Games in April 1966, an aggressive construction program began.[1]:4–29 Fifteen different sites for the canoe sprint and rowing events were reviewed before Oberschleißheim was selected in April 1969.[2]:106 Temporary venues were set at Englischer Garten and Nymphenburg Palace.[1]:4–29

During the Olympics

At Eiskanal, East Germany won all four canoe slalom events. This was helped because they studied the course in Augsburg the year before and constructed an exact replica of the course in Zwickau.[16]

For the road team time trial cycling event, a 25 km (16 mi) stretch of the A96 was used with the start-finish point south of Munich near the Fürsten-ried section. The teams crossed over to the other side of the autobahn over a specially constructed turn before proceeding back to the start-finish line.[2]:108, 122

After the Olympics

Olympiastadion in Munich would be one of nine stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup which took place in 1974, including the final match which host nation West Germany defeated the Netherlands.[17] The Eiskanal in Augsburg hosted the Canoe Slalom World Championships in 1985 and 2003.[13] Schießanlage served as venue host for the ISSF World Shooting Championships in 2010.[18]

Munich was a finalist for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, and speed skating event are planned to take place at Olympiapark.[19] It will work with Garmisch-Partenkirchen, host of the 1936 Winter Olympics who will do all of the snow events, and Schönau am Königssee, whose sliding track plan on doing all of the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events as venues for the 2018 Winter Games.[19] In July 2011 Munich lost out to Pyeongcheong.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w 1972 Summer Olympics official report, Vol. 2 (PDF) (Technical report). Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m 1972 Summer Olympics official report, Vol. 1 (PDF) (Technical report). Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ stadium profile. Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  4. ^ a b profile of Tuja Stadion. Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  5. ^ a b profile of Jahnstadion. Accessed 8 November 2010.
  6. ^ a b Rosenaustadion profile. Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  7. ^ a b EasyCredit-Stadion profile. Archived 2010-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  8. ^ a b Official website. Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  9. ^ profile of Donauhalle. Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  10. ^ Seating plan of the Hohenstaufenhalle Göppingen. Archived 2010-09-08 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 8 November 2010.
  11. ^ a b profile of Sporthalle Augsburg. Archived 2010-11-26 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 8 November 2010. (in German)
  12. ^ listing of World Championships Senior results: 1997-2007. Includes historical database of events: 1891-2007. Accessed 9 November 2010.
  13. ^ a b ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships men's C-1 results: 1949-2009. Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 9 November 2010.
  14. ^ Brian's Guide to Getting Around Germany. Includes history of the Autobahn. Accessed 9 November 2010.
  15. ^ A96 information from Bavarian transportation department. Accessed 9 November 2010. (in German)
  16. ^ Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Canoeing: Men's Kayak Slalom Singles". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. p. 485.
  17. ^ World Cup Munich Olympiastadion 7 July 1974 NED-FRG final results. Archived 26 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 9 November 2010.
  18. ^ 2010 ISSF World Shooting Championships preliminary program. Accessed 9 November 2010.
  19. ^ a b c bid package for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Accessed 9 November 2010. (in English and German)