|Clubs||Fussballclub Zürich, Grasshopper-Club Zürich|
|Design||Bétrix & Consolascio Architekten|
|Other||Covered tennis court, 2 training pitches, restaurant|
Letzigrund – stadium description
New stadium for Zurich had to be built in order for the city to host Euro 2008. And since chances to rebuild Hardturm were closing to none, decision was made to make the athletics venue Letzigrund city’s host stadium. It was demolished in 2006 and rebuilt along 2004 design by Bétrix & Consolascio Architekten. For some €66,5m a stadium for some 30,000 people was built.
After the European Championships some seats in one curve were removed due to supporter demand and the stadium with a very distinctive roof serves both of the city’s largest clubs until a football-specific stadium is built. Traditionally, though, Letzigrund has always been a venue for athletics and thus was the only Euro 2008 arena in Switzerland to have a running track.
In 2009 cracks started to appear on roof supports. After extensive research the roof was found secure.
Switzerland: Zurich stadium even later (again)
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Zurich: 4th stadium referendum – seriously, it's getting boring
Over 17 years have already passed since the first referendum, in which citizens agreed to a new football stadium replacing Hardturm. And yet on Sunday we'll see a fourth public vote, this time aimed to stop construction that has almost been approved.
Switzerland: One more vote over Hardturm stadium
Citizens of Zurich will once again head to the polls in late November to decide, whether they wish to see a football-specific stadium built in their city. It's already the third attempt in over a decade.
New design: Fourth attempt at Hardturm
A football-specific stadium for the city of Zurich has been in the making since early 2000s. And yet the Hardturm site is still empty. Perhaps by 2021 that will change as we look forward to this latest concept being delivered.
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Zurich: Atmosphere heating up ahead of stadium vote
In less than a month citizens will go to the ballots and decide, whether their tax money should be spent on a new football stadium. While cost went up, support for the project did the opposite.
Switzerland: Enjoying the game from... jacuzzi
Unusual marketing tool was used in Zurich, where two fans of home side Grasshoppers were allowed to watch last weekend's game from a jacuzzi set up just behind the pitch.
Zurich: Pyrotechnics tested by fans and security officials
As promised back in October, Zurich commissioned testing of flares inside the stadium. Not during the game, but with empty stands. This came after football authorities blocked testing with fans inside – 20min.ch reports.
Switzerland: First game with legal pyrotechnics in November?
FC Zurich vs Servette – this may become a historical fixture no matter the score. If fans manage to get approval from police and fire dept, they’ll be allowed to light pyrotechnics legally first time in history. This is possible after Zurich passed new laws on the issue.