|Owner||City of Zurich|
|Operator||City of Zurich|
30,930 (EURO 2008),
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Broke ground||15 November 2005|
|Opened||August 30, 2007|
|Construction cost||CHF 120 million (2007)|
|Architect||Bétrix & Consolascio, Frei & Ehrensperger|
Letzigrund (help·info) is a stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, and the home of the athletics club LC Zürich, and the football clubs FC Zürich and Grasshopper Club Zürich. LC Zürich is a spin-off of FC Zürich whose members constructed the stadium in 1925. Grasshopper-Club is using it as their home stadium since 2007. The annual athletics meet Weltklasse Zürich—part of the IAAF Diamond League—takes place at the Letzigrund since 1928, as well as frequent open-air concerts. On the Letzigrund track on 21 June 1960, Armin Hary was the first human being to run the 100 metres in 10,0 seconds.
|Owner||FC Zürich (1925–1937),
City of Zurich (1937–2006)
48,000 (concerts, 2006)
|Opened||22 November 1925|
|Expanded||1947, 1958, 1973, 1984|
|Closed||20 August 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.
|Concerts at Letzigrund|
|23 June 1996||Bon Jovi||These Days Tour||—|
|1 and 2 November 1996||Tina Turner||Wildest Dreams Tour||—|
|26 June 1997||Céline Dion||Falling Into You Around the World Tour||—|
|1 July 1999||Céline Dion||Let's Talk About Love World Tour||—|
|30 June and 1 July 2000||Tina Turner||Twenty Four Seven Tour||—|
|30 August 2000||Bon Jovi||Crush Tour||—|
|20 June 2001||AC/DC||Stiff Upper Lip World Tour||—|
|26 June 2001||Bon Jovi||One Wild Night Tour||—|
|11 June 2003||Bon Jovi||Bounce Tour||—|
|2 June 2004||Paul McCartney||Paul McCartney 2004 Summer Tour||—|
|18 June 2004||Metallica||Madly in Anger with the World Tour||—|
|18 July 2005||U2||Vertigo Tour||44,260|
|11 and 12 September 2010||U2||U2 360° Tour||90,349|
|14 July 2011||Bon Jovi||Bon Jovi Live||37,125|
|26 May 2012||Coldplay||Mylo Xyloto Tour||48,826|
|9 July 2012||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball World Tour||41,560|
|16 August 2012||Robbie Williams||Take the Crown Stadium Tour||—|
|18 August 2012||Madonna||The MDNA Tour||37,792|
|11 September 2013||Roger Waters||The Wall Live||37,367|
|5 and 7 June 2015||AC/DC||Rock or Bust World Tour||100,000|
In the Nineties, the athletics club Zürich was pushing for a modernisation of the facilities at Letzigrund in order to even better accommodate the athletes of Weltklasse Zürich. In 1997, the city parliament decided favourably on an upgrade of the stadium whereas parallelly, the city administration was working on a reconstruction plan. At the same time, the owners of the Hardturm football stadium were after several smaller extensions also planning to reconstruct their stadium.
In 2003, the new Hardturm stadium was approved by the city population in a public vote, but subsequently, legal objections by neighbourhood and environmental groups put the timely realisation for the EURO 2008 tournament, for which it was chosen by UEFA in 2002 as one of eight venues, in jeopardy. As a result, the planning process for the new Letzigrund stadium was accelerated. In 2005, the city population approved in a vote the reconstruction of the public stadium, plus in a separate vote, the costs of temporarily adjusting the stadium to the requirements of EURO 2008.
Originally planned for 2009, the new Letzigrund stadium was now opened already 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
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