|Broke ground||15 November 2005|
|Opened||August 30, 2007|
|Owner||City of Zurich|
|Operator||City of Zurich|
|Construction cost||CHF 120 million (2007)|
|Architect||Bétrix & Consolascio, Frei & Ehrensperger|
30,930 (EURO 2008),
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 m|
Letzigrund (help·info) is a stadium in Zurich (German: Zürich), Switzerland, and the home of the football club FC Zürich. It is also temporarily home to the football club Grasshopper Club Zürich while their stadium (Stadion Zürich) is under construction. The annual athletics meet Weltklasse Zürich—part of the IAAF Diamond League—takes place at the Letzigrund, as well as frequent open air concerts.
|Opened||22 November 1925|
|Expanded||1947, 1958, 1973, 1984|
|Closed||20 August 2006|
|Owner||FC Zürich (1925–1937),
City of Zurich (1937–2006)
48,000 (concerts, 2006)
|FC Zürich, LC Zürich|
It opened November 22, 1925 owned by the FC Zürich football club. During the Great Depression, ownership changed to the city of Zurich in 1937 which has operated it since. It underwent extensive remodeling in 1947, 1958, 1973, and 1984. Lighting was added in 1973. The first open air concert was in 1996.
The capacity was 25,000 and the main pitch was 105 by 68 meters with athletics facilities. There were also three other playing fields: 2 lawns, 1 artificial turf and a small packed sand field. The old Letzigrund also contained a bar and a restaurant within the stadium.
The old stadium hit its highest capacity of 75,000 during Celine Dion's Falling Into You Tour. Notably, Tina Turner performed 2 sold-out performances at the old stadium during her highly successful Twenty Four Seven Tour.
The new stadium was opened on August 30, 2007. The first sport event there was the annual Weltklasse Zürich on September 7 with 26500 spectators, the first football game was FC Zürich vs. Grasshopper Club Zürich on September 23. It hosted three games during the 2008 European championships, with a capacity of up to 30,000. The current capacity is 25,000, for football events, 30,000, for athletics and 50,000, for concerts.
The Old Stadium viewed from the Uetliberg