Stadion Wankdorf

The Wankdorf Stadium[3] (German: Stadion Wankdorf; between 2005 and 2020 known as Stade de Suisse[4]) 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.

Stadion Wankdorf
Wankdorf
Stade de Suisse.jpg
The stadium on a matchday
Former namesStade de Suisse (2005–2020)
LocationPapiermühlestrasse 71
CH-3022 Bern, Switzerland
Coordinates46°57′47.40″N 7°27′53.40″E / 46.9631667°N 7.4648333°E / 46.9631667; 7.4648333Coordinates: 46°57′47.40″N 7°27′53.40″E / 46.9631667°N 7.4648333°E / 46.9631667; 7.4648333
OwnerStade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG
OperatorStade de Suisse Wankdorf Nationalstadion AG
Capacity32,000 (football)
45,000 (concerts)
SurfaceArtificial grass (Polytan LigaTurf RS Pro CoolPlus)[1]
Construction
Broke ground2003
Opened30 July 2005
Construction costCHF 350 million (2005)
ArchitectMarazzi Generalunternehmung AG[2]
Tenants
BSC Young Boys (2005–present)
Switzerland national football team

HistoryEdit

 
Exterior view, 2011

The present-day Stadion Wankdorf was built on the grounds of the former Wankdorf Stadium, which hosted the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final (The Miracle of Bern), and was then 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.

The stadium was used by FC Thun for three Champions League home matches in 2005, and for one home match in the UEFA Cup round of 32 in 2006.[5]

Fifteen years after the new stadium opened in 2005 (back then called Stade de Suisse), it was renamed Stadion Wankdorf in June 2020, in an effort to return to the stadium's roots.[4][6]

 
The Wankdorf Stadium before a Champions League Play Off Match in 2019
 
The Wankdorf Stadium before a Champions League Match (2021)

ConcertsEdit

Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on 30 June 2009 as part of the Working on a Dream Tour in front of a sold out crowd of 36,538 people.

AC/DC performed at the stadium on 8 June 2010 as part of their Black Ice World Tour and on 29 May 2016 during the Rock or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose as lead singer.

P!nk performed at the stadium on 10 July 2010 during The Funhouse Summer Carnival.

Muse performed a sold-out show at the stadium on 15 June 2013 as part of their The 2nd Law World Tour.

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.

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium on 7 June 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 39,241 people.

One Direction performed at the stadium on 4 July 2014 during their Where We Are Tour.

On 15 July 2017, Celine Dion brought her Celine Dion Live 2017 tour to the stadium. She performed her sold out show to 23,143 people, with a mixed set list of English and French.

On 5 June 2019 Rammstein performed in Bern during their Europe Stadium Tour 2019. The concert was sold out in several hours.

Concerts at Stadion Wankdorf
Date Artist Tour Attendance
31 May 2006 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 38,726
23 and 24 August 2006 Robbie Williams Close Encounters Tour
17 June 2007 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 39,641
27 June 2007 Herbert Grönemeyer "12" Open Air-Tour
30 June 2009 Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream Tour 36,538
2 September 2009 Coldplay Viva la Vida Tour
2 June 2010 Muse The Resistance Tour
8 June 2010 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 42,000
10 July 2010 Pink The Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour 42,000
23 June 2011 Herbert Grönemeyer "Schiffsverkehr" Open Air-Tour
2 July 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You World Tour
7 June 2013 Depeche Mode The Delta Machine Tour 39,241
15 June 2013 Muse The 2nd Law World Tour
30 June 2013 Bon Jovi Because We Can 28,686
4 July 2014 One Direction Where We Are Tour 31,037
29 May 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour 41,500
15 June 2017 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 32,108
15 July 2017 Céline Dion Celine Dion Live 2017 23,143
13 June 2018 Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour
5 June 2019 Rammstein Rammstein Stadium Tour 41,324
1 June 2022 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road TBD
9 June 2022 Imagine Dragons Mercury Tour TBD

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.[citation needed]

Ice hockey attendance recordEdit

 
Ice hockey at the Wankdorf

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.[7] 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.

MatchesEdit

UEFA Euro 2008Edit

The stadium was one of the venues for the UEFA Euro 2008. The Netherlands played all three games at the stadium during the tournament:

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 4–1   France
17 June 2008 2–0   Romania

International matchesEdit

Date Result Competition
8 October 2005 Switzerland   1–1   France 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
12 November 2005 2–0   Turkey
29 February 2012 1–3   Argentina Friendly
30 May 2012 Spain   4–1   South Korea
15 August 2012 England   2–1   Italy
12 October 2012 Switzerland   1–1   Norway 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6 September 2013 4–4   Iceland
15 October 2013 1–0   Slovenia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Young Boys Bern back on synthetic turf - Polytan". www.polytan.de. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. ^ Marazzi Generalunternehmung AG[dead link] (in French)
  3. ^ Stadion Wankdorf, bscyb.ch
  4. ^ a b Bern hat wieder ein Wankdorfstadion, bernerzeitung.ch, 29 June 2020 (in German)
  5. ^ 2005/06 UEFA Cup Thun-Hamburg Archived 12 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine UEFA.com
  6. ^ Zurück zu den Wurzeln: Stade de Suisse wird in Stadion Wankdorf umbenannt, kickwelt.de
  7. ^ Joeri Loonen Unique occasion sets new European visitor record EuroHockey.Net, 15 January 2007

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