St. Jakob-Park

Key facts

Club: FC Basel | Opening: 2001 | Capacity: 38,512 seats

History and description

St. Jakob-Park, nicknamed Joggeli, is the largest stadium of Switzerland. Construction of the stadium began in December 1998 after the old St. Jakob-Stadion that stood in its place had first been demolished.

The first match played at the stadium was between Basel and Lausanne Sport on the 15th of March 2001. Six months later the stadium got officially inaugurated. Total construction amounted to CHF 250 mln.

St. Jakob-Park initially had a capacity of 33,200 (of which 9,000 standing), but got expanded with an extra tier on one of the long sides for the Euro 2008 tournaments. With an additional few extra rows of temporary seats capacity was raised to a total of 42,500 seats. After the tournament capacity dropped back again to under 40,000.

During the Euro 2008 championships three group matches, two quarter-finals, and the semi-final between Germany and Turkey (3-2) were played at St. Jakob-Park.

One of the key features of the stadium is its design by Herzog & de Meuron. Especially its exterior that lights up at night like the Allianz Arena (by the same architects) stands out.

Getting there

St. Jakob-Park is located in the south-east of the city of Basel, about 3 kilometres from Basel’s city centre and slightly less from the central railway station (Bahnhoff SBB). Part of the St. Jakob-Park complex are a shopping mall and a 70-metre tall residential tower.

The stadium lies adjacent to the A2 motorway. Take exit St. Jakob.

St. Jakob-Park has its own train station with the same name (St. Jakob). Regular trains depart from Basel’s central station for the 8-minute journey.

Tram line 14 connects the stadium with Basel’s old city centre. Get off at stop St. Jakob. Bus 37 also connects with the centre, and bus 36 with the north bank of the city.

Address: Birsstrasse 320 A, 4052 Basel

Eat, drink, and sleep

St. Jakob-Park lies right next to a set of railroad tracks and a motorway in an area which is a mix of other sports facilities, light industry, and residential housing.

St. Jakob-Park Shopping Center is located inside the stadium and offers a few restaurants and cafés, but overall there is little around in terms of eating and drinking, which you can therefore better do in Basel’s city centre.

If you wish to stay close to St. Jakob-Park, then B&B Auf dem Wolf is an excellent option. It lies right next to stadium and gets splendid reviews. Hotel Coop Bildungszentrum is an alternative that is also at walking distance, but apart from that the options are limited.

Click here for an overview of the hotels near St. Jakob-Park, and here to explore the options in Basel’s city centre.

Tickets

Tickets for FC Basel games can be purchased online, or at the ticket office at the stadium. Tickets can also be bought at the gates of the stadium on the day of the match.

FC Basel has the highest attendances of the Swiss Super League, but doesn’t often sell out its home league matches.

Ticket prices range from CHF 25.00 to CHF 36.00 for a seat at one of the short ends to between CHF 65.00 and CHF 75.00 for a seat at the main stand.

For more information call +41 61 375 10 10 or email ticketing@fcb.ch.

Stadium tours

St. Jakob-Park’s event management company, Basel United, occasionally organises guided stadium tours. The tours last approximately 45 minutes and cost CHF 15.00.

For more information, dates and hours, and bookings call +41 61 375 12 22 or email info@baselunited.ch.

Relevant Internet links

Fcb.ch – Official website of FC Basel.
Baselunited.ch – Website of St. Jakob-Park stadium management.
Basel.com – Basel tourist information.
BVB.ch – Journey planner, timetables, and fare information for Basel public transport.

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