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Euro 2008 Stadium Guide - Stadiums in Austria & Switzerland
There will be 8 stadiums used for Euro 2008 in Austria & Switzerland. Each country will be represented by 4 venues each. Scroll down for further stadium details, stadium history, capacity details and images of the 8 stadiums that will be used during the UEFA Euro 2008 football championships.
Ernst Happel Stadium - Vienna, Austria: Capacity - 50,000.
The Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna was known as the Prater Stadium (Praterstadion) prior to 1992. It was built between 1929 and 1931 for the second Workers' Olympiad to the design of German architect Otto Ernst Schweizer. The stadium was renamed in honour of Ernst Happel following his death in 1992.The Ernst Happel Stadium is the largest football stadium in Austria. It is the home of the Austrian national football team. Club football matches are generally limited to the domestic cup and international competitions featuring one of Vienna's top clubs, FK Austria Wien and SK Rapid Wien, as their regular stadiums are too small to host UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches. Local derbies between FK Austria and SK Rapid have also been played in the stadium.
Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim Stadium - Salzburg, Austria: Capacity - 30,000.
The EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim is a football stadium in Wals-Siezenheim, a suburb of Salzburg, Austria. It was officially opened in March 2003 and is the home ground of Red Bull Salzburg. Its current seating capacity is 18,200. For the 2008 European Football Championship, it will be expanded to 30,000. The "EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim" is the only stadium in the Austrian Bundesliga which uses artificial turf. Polytan's FIFA 2-Star Recommended 40mm surface Ligaturf with a 25mm elastic layer was installed in 2005.
Stadion Tivoli NEU - Innsbruck, Austria: Capacity - 30,000.
Tivoli Neu is a multi-use stadium in Innsbruck, Austria. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FC Wacker Tirol. The stadium holds 17,400 and was built in 2000. It will be expanded to hold 30,000 people for the 2008 European Football Championship.
Tivoli Neu is part of the The Olympiaworld Innsbruck complex. This includes the renovated Olympic ice hall Olympiahalle, a new ice hall Tiroler Wasserkraft Arena, a sports center called Landessportcenter Tirol plus the stadium itself.
Worthersee Stadium - Klagenfurt, Swizterland: Capacity - 32,000.
The Worthersee Stadion is the name of two multi-use stadiums in Klagenfurt, Austria. The old one had a capacity of 11,500 and was demolished in 2005. It will able to hold 32,000 people for the 2008 European Football Championship.
The future home of FC Karnten will take shape in the immediate vicinity of Worthersee. In addition to the football stadium, the sports park is also due to house a hotel, business facilities and a shopping centre. Construction started in 2002 and opening is scheduled in 2007.
St Jakob Stadium - Basel, Switzerland: Capacity - 42,500.
St. Jakob Park (St James Park in English) is the stadium where FC Basel play. "Joggeli" as it is nicknamed, has a current capacity of 39'000 seats. The capacity will be increased to 42,500 in time for Euro 2008, which will be hosted in Switzerland and Austria. The stadium is divided into four blocks, A B C and D, each block is a whole side of the stadium. St. Jakob Park is a fairly new stadium, the construction started on the 13th of December 1998. The first game played in it was on the 15th of March 2001. The stadium itself is managed by "Basel United". The stadium cost around 220 million Swiss Francs to build. The stadium has been awarded 4 stars by UEFA, which is the highest amount of stars that can be awarded to a stadium of that size.
Letzigrund Stadium - Zurich, Switzerland: Capacity - 24,000.
Letzigrund is a stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, with a maximum capacity of 23,605. It is the home of the football club FC Zurich. The annual athletics meet Weltklasse Zurich - part of the IAAF Golden League - takes place at the Letzigrund, as well as frequent open air concerts. It opened February 22, 1925 owned by the FC Zurich football club. During the Great Depression, ownership changed to the city of Zurich in 1937 which has operated it since. It underwent extensive remodelling in 1947, 1958, 1973, and 1984. Lighting was added in 1973. Of the 23,605 places, 11,605 have seats (9,167 covered) and 12,000 are covered standing area. In January 2005, UEFA approved plans to rebuild the stadium for use as a EURO 2008 venue. It is set to host 3 matches in the 2008 European Football Championship. It should be opened in September 2007 after reconstruction. Because of the construction, the football team which plays there, FC Zurich will be moving out to the Hardturm, the stadium of Grasshopper-Club Zurich, for one season.
Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Stadium - Bern, Switzerland: Capacity - 32,000.
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 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 for 32,000 spectators, all covered seats. The stadium was officially opened on July 30, 2005.
A unique feature of the Stade de Suisse is a single, red seat set amongst the normal black and yellow seats (the team colors of BSC Young Boys). This seat was the first seat installed at the new stadium and is reserved for visiting celebrities, often those with ties to the club.
Stade de Geneve Stadium - Geneva, Switzerland: Capacity - 30,000.
Stade de Geneve is a stadium in Geneva, Switzerland. It has a capacity of 30,084. The stadium was completed in 2003 after nearly three years of construction. Normally the home venue of Servette, a Swiss football team, the stadium hosted international friendlies between Argentina and England on November 12 2005, which England won 3-2 and between New Zealand and Brazil on June 4, 2006, which Brazil won 4-0.
The Stade de Geneve cost US$70m to construct and includes 22 hospitality suites holding 10 people each, an integrated shopping and leisure complex, a hotel and restaurants. This venue will be used to host three group-stage matches for Group A during the next UEFA European Football Championship in 2008.
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