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The Wankdorf Stadium (German: Stadion Wankdorf; between 2005 and 2020 known as Stade de Suisse) is a football stadium in Bern, Switzerland. The second largest all-seater football stadium in Switzerland, it currently serves as the home ground of the Swiss football team BSC Young Boys. It was also one of the venues used during the UEFA Euro 2008.
|Former names||Stade de Suisse (2005–2020)|
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|
|BSC Young Boys (2005–present)|
The present-day Stadion Wankdorf 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 seated. 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.
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Bon Jovi performed at the stadium on 31 May 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 30 June 2013 during their Because We Can, in front of a sold out crowd of 28,868 people.
The Hot SeatEdit
A peculiar feature of the Wankdorf Stadium 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 recordEdit
The Wankdorf Stadium 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.
2008 UEFA Euro 2008Edit
The stadium was one of the venues for the 2008 UEFA Euro.
The following games were played at the stadium during the 2008 UEFA Euro:
|Date||Time (CEST)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Spectators|
|9 June 2008||20:45||Netherlands||3–0||Italy||Group C||30,777|
|13 June 2008||20:45||Netherlands||4–1||France||Group C||30,777|
|17 June 2008||20:45||Netherlands||2–0||Romania||Group C||30,777|
|8 October 2005||Switzerland||1–1||France||2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|12 November 2005||Switzerland||2–0||Turkey||2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|29 February 2012||Switzerland||1–3||Argentina||Friendly|
|30 May 2012||Spain||4–1||South Korea||Friendly|
|15 August 2012||England||2–1||Italy||Friendly|
|12 October 2012||Switzerland||1–1||Norway||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|6 September 2013||Switzerland||4–4||Iceland||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|15 October 2013||Switzerland||1–0||Slovenia||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
- Marazzi Generalunternehmung AG[dead link] (in French)
- Stadion Wankdorf, bscyb.ch
- Bern hat wieder ein Wankdorfstadion, bernerzeitung.ch, 29 June 2020 (in German)
- 2005/06 UEFA Cup Thun-Hamburg Archived 12 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine UEFA.com
- Zurück zu den Wurzeln: Stade de Suisse wird in Stadion Wankdorf umbenannt, kickwelt.de
- Joeri Loonen Unique occasion sets new European visitor record EuroHockey.Net, 15 January 2007
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