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Wankdorf Stadium
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The stadium during demolition in 2001
Wankdorf Stadium
LocationPapiermühlestrasse 71
CH-3014 Bern
Capacity 22,000–64,000 (football)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1925
Opened18 October 1925
Closed7 July 2001
Demolished3 August 2001
Tenants
BSC Young Boys (1925–2001)

The Wankdorf Stadium (German : Wankdorfstadion) was a football stadium in the Wankdorf quarter of Bern, Switzerland, and the former home of Swiss club BSC Young Boys. It was built in 1925, and as well as serving as a club stadium, it hosted several important matches, including the finals of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the 1960–61 European Cup, and the 1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup.

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The stadium was demolished in 2001, and replaced in 2005 by the Stadion Wankdorf (then Stade de Suisse) on the same site.

History

The original Wankdorf stadium was opened in 1925 after a construction period of seven months. It had a capacity of 22,000, of which 1,200 covered seats and covered standing room for another 5,000 people. The first international match took place on 8 November 1925; 18,000 spectators witnessed the 2:0 victory of the Swiss national team against Austria.

The seats and in the background the trademark floodlight masts and one of the clock towers during demolition in 2001 Wankdorf demolition 2.jpg
The seats and in the background the trademark floodlight masts and one of the clock towers during demolition in 2001

From 1933 to 1939, the stadium was gradually enlarged with an additional training field and finally the construction of bleachers across from the grandstand, increasing the capacity to 42,000. For the Football World Cup of 1954, the stadium was demolished and a new one with a capacity of 64,000 spectators (on 8,000 seats and standing room for 56,000) was inaugurated shortly before the tournament began. On 4 July 1954, the legendary "Miracle of Bern", the unexpected 3–2 victory of the German team over the Hungarians in the final, made the stadium an icon of football history.

The stadium saw two more major finals: in 1961, the final of the European Cup was played in the Wankdorf stadium. S.L. Benfica won 3–2 against FC Barcelona on 31 May. In 1989, the stadium was the venue of the final of the Cup Winners' Cup: on 10 May, FC Barcelona won 2–0 against U.C. Sampdoria.

The stadium was demolished in 2001, and a new stadium was constructed in its place. The last match in the stadium was played on 7 July 2001; Young Boys played 1–1 against the team of Lugano in a match in the Swiss Super League. The final blasting of the derelict edifice occurred on 3 August 2001.

The new Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, opened in summer 2005 and was one of the venues for Euro 2008.

The band Muse credits Wankdorf stadium as inspiring the aptly named 'Wankdorf Jam'.[ citation needed ]

1954 FIFA World Cup

Wankdorf Stadium hosted five games of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, including the final matches.

DateTime (UTC+01)Team No. 1Res.Team No. 2RoundAttendance
16 June 195418:00Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia Group 3 20,500
17 June 195418:00Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 4–1Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Group 2 28,000
20 June 195417:10Flag of England.svg  England 2–0Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Group 4 43,119
27 June 195417:00Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 4–2 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Quarter-finals 40,000
4 July 195417:00Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 3–2Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary Final 62,500

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The knockout stage of the 1954 FIFA World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. The knockout stage began on 26 June with the quarter-finals and ended on 4 July 1954 with the final match, held at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern. The top two teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament. A third place play-off also was played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals.

References

Preceded by
Estádio do Maracanã
Rio de Janeiro
FIFA World Cup
Final venue

1954
Succeeded by
Råsunda Stadium
Stockholm
Preceded by
Hampden Park
Glasgow
European Cup
Final venue

1961
Succeeded by
Olympic Stadium
Amsterdam
Preceded by
Stade de la Meinau
Strasbourg
European Cup Winners' Cup
Final venue

1989
Succeeded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg

Coordinates: 46°57′46″N7°27′54″E / 46.96278°N 7.46500°E / 46.96278; 7.46500