Letzigrund

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Letzigrund
Letzi
Interior panorama
Location Zurich, Switzerland
Coordinates 47°22′58.06″N 8°30′15.71″E / 47.3827944°N 8.5043639°E / 47.3827944; 8.5043639Coordinates: 47°22′58.06″N 8°30′15.71″E / 47.3827944°N 8.5043639°E / 47.3827944; 8.5043639
Owner City of Zurich
Operator City of Zurich
Capacity 25,000 (football),[1]
30,930 (EURO 2008),
30,000 (athletics),
50,000 (concerts)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Construction
Broke ground 15 November 2005
Built 2006–2007
Opened August 30, 2007
Construction cost CHF 120 million (2007)
Architect Bétrix & Consolascio, Frei & Ehrensperger[2]
General contractor Implenia
Tenants
FC Zürich
Grasshopper
LC Zürich

About this sound Letzigrund  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.

Old stadium[edit]

Letzigrund
(old stadium)
Letzi
Last athletics event (August 2006)
Location Zurich, Switzerland
Coordinates 47°22′58″N 8°30′16″E / 47.38278°N 8.50444°E / 47.38278; 8.50444 (Letzigrund (former stadium))
Owner FC Zürich (1925–1937),
City of Zurich (1937–2006)
Capacity 25,000 (football);
48,000 (concerts, 2006)
Construction
Opened 22 November 1925
Expanded 1947, 1958, 1973, 1984
Closed 20 August 2006
Demolished 2006
Tenants
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.

AC/DC were scheduled to perform during their Razors Edge World Tour on September 6, 1991, but the show was cancelled.

New stadium[edit]

In January 2005, UEFA approved plans to rebuild the stadium for use as a EURO 2008 venue. It hosted 3 matches in the 2008 European Football Championship.

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.

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Media related to Letzigrund-Stadion, Zürich at Wikimedia Commons