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Bayern Munich’s massive new youth campus officially opens

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The FC Bayern Campus shows just how important Bayern’s youth division is to the future of the club.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 08: Co-Head coach Hermann Gerland of Munich looks on prior the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 8, 2017 in Munich, Germany.
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The complete restructuring of Bayern Munich’s youth development center, spearheaded by Uli Hoeness himself as he reintegrated with the club, has reached another milestone, as Bayern officially opened its massive new campus for its youth teams.

Costing €70 million, the FC Bayern Campus is four times as large as Bayern’s first-team training facilities at Säbener Straße, covering 30 hectares - just over 74 acres of land. It is located in sight of the Allianz Arena itself to the north of Munich. Have a look:

The campus has eight practice fields, as well as a pitch for matches with seats for 2,500 spectators. The campus also features 35 apartments for Bayern's youth players, as well as a gymnasium for the club's basketball, handball, and pingpong teams.

Bayern's male youth teams from the U19 down will play their home games here. The women's teams will practice at the new campus, but their games will continue to take place at the Gründwalder Stadium.

All this will be under the watchful eyes of Bayern's own tiger, Hermann Gerland, who assumed the role of athletic director of the youth division early this year. Gerland declared, “We want to work at full throttle here, give our youth players the optimal training, and bring them closer to our professional team again.”

The future looks bright.