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The kybunpark, formerly known as 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.

Kybunpark
AFG ARENA St. Gallen - Erstes Spiel CH - LIE 03.jpg
Former namesAFG Arena (2008–12)
LocationSt. Gallen, St. Gallen (Wahlkreis), Switzerland
Coordinates47°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
OwnerStadion St.Gallen AG
Capacity19,694
Construction
Broke ground14 September 2005
Opened2008
Construction cost340 million CHF (2008)
ArchitectBruno Clerici, St. Gallen
Bayer Partner AG, Architekten, St. Gallen
Philippe Joye & Associés Sàrl, Geneva
Tenants
FC St. Gallen (2008–present)
FC Wil (temporary)

The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 people. Between 2008 and 2016 the stadium was named after the sponsor Arbonia-Forster-Gruppe (AFG). In July 2016 the name was changed to kybunpark.[1]

When it was completed, FC St. Gallen had just been 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 kybunpark 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 kybunpark is used as well for international games between national football teams, such as Brazil or Spain. [2]

While under construction (2008)

International matchesEdit

Date Result Competition
30 May 2008 Switzerland    3–0   Liechtenstein Friendly
11 October 2008 Switzerland    2–1   Latvia 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
19 November 2008 Switzerland    1–0   Finland Friendly
3 March 2010 Switzerland    1–3   Uruguay Friendly
3 September 2010 Switzerland    0–0   Australia Friendly
2 September 2011 Spain   3–2   Chile Friendly
28 February 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–2   Brazil Friendly
26 May 2012 Spain   2–0   Serbia Friendly
14 November 2012 Chile   1–3   Serbia Friendly
5 March 2014 Switzerland    2–2   Croatia Friendly
15 November 2014 Switzerland    4–0   Lithuania UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 October 2015 Switzerland    7–0   San Marino UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
29 May 2016 Spain   3–1   Bosnia and Herzegovina Friendly
31 August 2017 Switzerland    3–0   Andorra 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
28 May 2018 Italy   2–1   Saudi Arabia Friendly
3 June 2018 Saudi Arabia   0–3   Peru Friendly
8 September 2018 Switzerland    6–0   Iceland 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
15 October 2019 Switzerland    1–0   Georgia UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Der FC St. Gallen 1879 spielt ab Saison 2016/17 im «kybunpark" (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  2. ^ "Geschichte der AFG Arena" (in German). Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-08-16.