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Stade de Suisse Wankdorf
Wankdorf
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Location Papiermühlestrasse 71
CH-3022 Bern, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°57′47.40″N 7°27′53.40″E / 46.963167°N 7.464833°E / 46.963167; 7.464833Coordinates: 46°57′47.40″N 7°27′53.40″E / 46.963167°N 7.464833°E / 46.963167; 7.464833
Broke ground 2003
Opened July 30, 2005
Owner Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG
Operator Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG
Surface FIFA 2-Star Synthetic: Polytan Ligaturf 240
Construction cost CHF 350 million (2005)
Architect Marazzi Generalunternehmung AG[1]
Capacity 32,000 (Football)
Tenants
BSC Young Boys
Switzerland
Austria
UEFA Euro 2008
Stadiums

The Stade de Suisse Wankdorf is a football stadium in Bern, Switzerland. It is the home ground of the Swiss football team BSC Young Boys, and is currently the second biggest all-seater football stadium in Switzerland. The Wankdorf was one of the venues for Euro 2008.

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History

The Stade de Suisse was built on the grounds of the former Wankdorf Stadium, which had been demolished in 2001. The new stadium has a capacity of 32,000 spectators, all covered seats. Integrated into the roof are solar panels with a yearly production of 700,000 kWh. The stadium was officially opened on July 30, 2005, although the first match in the new stadium had already taken place on July 16 2005. Young Boys played against Olympique Marseille and lost 2-3 with 14,000 spectators watching. The match was considered an "infrastructure test", which is why no more than 14,000 tickets were sold.

The stadium was used by FC Thun for three Champions League home matches in 2005, and for one home match in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 this year.

The Hot Seat

A peculiar feature of the Stade de Suisse is the presence of a single, red seat (the other seats are black and yellow). This was the first seat installed at the new stadium, on January 20, 2005, and the honour of unveiling it was given to former Young Boys player and manager Walter Eich. There are no tickets available for this seat; every game the seat is occupied by a notable personality, often with ties to Young Boys. In a recent tradition, newcomers to Young Boys are sometimes asked to sit in the hot seat, where they are offered a lap dance. While some view this as an important part of team bonding, the tradition is still viewed as optional, as some players have found this offering offensive.

Ice hockey attendance record

Ice hockey at the Wankdorf

The Stade de Suisse with its artificial turf surface was an ideal candidate to provide Europe its first "new era" outdoor attendance record for ice hockey [2]. The idea of playing high profile ice hockey games in a larger venue was first realised with The Cold War between Michigan State and Michigan in 2001.

January 14, 2007, the massive local rivalry of SC Bern and SC Langnau managed to fill the Stade de Suisse with 30,076 fans, an event which was sold out within 53 hours of tickets going on sale. These two rivals regularly fill SC Bern's home venue Bern Arena with over 16,000 spectators.

See also

References

  1. ^ Marazzi Generalunternehmung AG
  2. ^ Joeri Loonen. "Unique Occasion Sets New European Visitor Record". EuroHockey.Net. January 15, 2007.

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