Stade de Suisse
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CH-3022 Bern, Switzerland
|Owner||Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG|
|Operator||Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG|
|Surface||Artificial grass (Polytan LigaTurf RS Pro CoolPlus)|
|Opened||30 July 2005|
|Construction cost||CHF 350 million (2005)|
|Architect||Marazzi Generalunternehmung AG|
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The Wankdorf was one of the venues for Euro 2008.
The Stade de Suisse was built on the grounds of the former Wankdorf Stadium, which was demolished in 2001. The new stadium has a capacity of 32,000 spectators, all covered seats. Integrated into the roof are solar panels with a yearly production of 1,200,000 kWh. The stadium was officially opened on 30 July 2005, although the first match in the new stadium had already taken place on 16 July 2005. Young Boys played against Olympique Marseille and lost 2–3 with 14,000 spectators watching. The match was considered an "infrastructure test", which is why no more than 14,000 tickets were sold.
Bon Jovi performed at the stadium on May 31, 2006 during their Have a Nice Day Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 38,762 people. The band performed at the stadium for the second time on June 30, 2013 during their Because We Can, in front of a sold out crowd of 28,868 people.
The Hot Seat
A peculiar feature of the Stade de Suisse is the presence of a single, red seat (the other seats are black and yellow). This was the first seat installed at the stadium, on 20 January 2005, and the honour of unveiling it was given to former Young Boys player and manager Walter Eich. There are no tickets available for this seat; every game the seat is occupied by a notable personality, often with ties to Young Boys.
Ice hockey attendance record
The Stade de Suisse with its artificial turf surface was an ideal candidate to provide Europe its first "new era" outdoor attendance record for ice hockey. On 14 January 2007, the massive local rivalry of SC Bern and SC Langnau managed to fill the Stade de Suisse with 30,076 fans, an event which was sold out within 53 hours of tickets going on sale. These two rivals regularly fill SC Bern's home venue Bern Arena with over 17,000 spectators.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wankdorf Stadium.|
- Official Website (German), (French)
- Wankdorfstadion - Bildübersicht und Galerie Mänu Jeremy's Cyberhome - Image gallery of the old Wankdorf Stadium and building of the Stade de Suisse
- SCL Tigers v Bern Hockeyfans.ch, 14 January 2007 - Score details and photos from the record-breaking SCB-SCL ice hockey game (German)