AFG Arena

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AFG Arena
AFG ARENA St. Gallen - Erstes Spiel CH - LIE 03.jpg
Location St. Gallen, St. Gallen (Wahlkreis)
Switzerland Switzerland
Coordinates 47°24′30″N 9°18′23″E / 47.40833°N 9.30639°E / 47.40833; 9.30639Coordinates: 47°24′30″N 9°18′23″E / 47.40833°N 9.30639°E / 47.40833; 9.30639
Owner Stadion St.Gallen AG
Capacity 19,694
Broke ground 14 September 2005
Opened 2008
Construction cost 340 million CHF (2008)
Architect Bruno Clerici, St. Gallen
Bayer Partner AG, Architekten, St. Gallen
Philippe Joye & Associés Sàrl, Geneva
FC St. Gallen
FC Wil (temporary)

The AFG Arena is a multi-use stadium in St. Gallen, Switzerland, completed in 2008. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of FC St. Gallen of the Swiss Super League. It replaces the Espenmoos stadium.

The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 people. The name comes from the sponsor, the Arbonia-Forster-Gruppe AFG.

When it was completed, FC St. Gallen was just relegated to the Challenge League. The first match in the new stadium was played on May 30, 2009 when Switzerland won against Liechtenstein 3:0 (18,000 spectators). The official inauguration was held on July 5, 2008.

Starting July 2012, the AFG Arena is also the temporary home of FC Wil, while the second division side builds its own new stadium to meet Swiss Football League requirements.

The AFG arena is used as well for international games between national football teams, such as Brazil or Spain. [1]

While under construction (2008)

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