Munich to bid for 2022 European Championships

Munich has announced it will bid for the 2022 European Championships, with the staging of the second edition of the multi-sport event potentially marking the 50-year anniversary of the German city’s 1972 summer Olympic Games.

Germany also played a role in the inaugural European Championships last summer, with Berlin co-hosting alongside the Scottish city of Glasgow.

Munich’s city council has now approved a bid for the 2022 Championships to be held in the Olympiapark. Event costs have been estimated at €130m ($147.9m), which would be split between the city, the federal government and the state of Bavaria.

Munich’s Mayor, Dieter Reiter, said: “The European Championships give us the opportunity to revive the spirit of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. I am delighted that in the anniversary year 2022, when the 1972 Olympic Games are exactly 50 years old, there is a chance to bring a similar highlight of top-class sport to our cosmopolitan city.”

The staging of the Championships in Munich could make use of a new arena that is being developed in the Olympiapark. Danish architectural firm 3XN was last month chosen to develop the 11,500-seat venue, which will be the new home of German Ice Hockey League club Red Bull München and Basketball Bundesliga outfit FC Bayern München.

The design choice was made by energy drinks giant Red Bull, which is financing the project, FC Bayern München and software company SAP, which will hold naming rights to the venue. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.