In the northern part of the city of Munich lies the site for the 1972 Olympic Games.
In the northern part of the city of Munich lies the site for the 1972 Olympic Games. The ideas of Professor Gunther Behnisch of Stuttgart and his partners, who were awarded first prize in a nationwide architectural competition held in 1967, is to integrate the sports facilities into an attractive park. The architecture is designed to harmonise with the hills, lake, and avenues of the landscape. Work on the construction of the installations is progressing, but so are the costs -- now estimated at GBP2 2/1 million.
The sale of tickets, which will defer some of the costs, has already begun. 120,000 visitors a day are anticipated at the site, but Munich itself can only supply 30,000 beds. The balance of 90,000 beds will be as far as a hundred miles away. The Federal Railways are to offer reduced fares to those travelling to the games. None of the 1.2 million tickets, being made available to overseas visitors, will be issued without proof of accommodation.
Unlike Mexico and Tokyo, Munich has been able to concentrate all the necessary facilities for the twentieth Olympiad in one area. The most important construction site is the Oberwiesenfeld, where nearly two-thirds of the sports events will be held. At least one acre of the site will not be open for sports competition. Timofej Prochorow, a Russian "monk", has refused to leave his home and Russian Orthodox chapel, which he built in 1952. Despite repeated appeals that his land is needed for the Games, the 92-year-old Prochorow has remained steadfast. Gunther Behnisch, chief architect of the Olympic project, has said there should be "a place for the unusual in out plans".