St. Jakob-Park

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Last Updated: August 11, 2015

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Stadium Overview

Team: Basel

Address: St.Jakobs-Strasse 395, 4052, Basel

Capacity: 38,512

Opened: 2001

St. Jakob-Park is a football stadium located in Switzerland’s third most populous city of Basel. With a capacity of 38,512 it is the largest ground in the Swiss League having been renovated for the Euro 2008, and it is currently home to FC Basel 1893.

Stadium Guide

History

St. Jakob-Park is the name of FC Basel’s current home ground which replaced the club’s former stadium, slightly confusingly known as St. Jakob Stadium. The previous stadium first opened in time for the 1954 World Cup, and was famous for hosting four Cup Winners’ Cup finals but by the 1990s it was beginning to show its age. Built on exactly the same plot of land, FC Basel temporarily located to the small Stadion Schützenmatte whilst the new St. Jakob-Park was constructed.

Known to local fans as “Joggeli”, FC Basel’s stadium is the largest in Switzerland with the stadium designed by famous Basel based architects, Herzog & de Meuron. Costing an estimated €143 million euros to build in 2001, the stadium’s exterior featured a translucent outer layer which was capable of being illuminated in different colours depending on the need of the event – a feature the architects later reused when designing Munich’s iconic Allianz Arena.

When Switzerland and Austria’s bid to co-host Euro 2008 was accepted by UEFA, St. Jakob-Park featured prominently throughout the tournament hosting three group matches, 2 quarter final matches and 1 semi-final. With Austria’s Ernst-Happel Stadion designated to host the final, FC Basel’s stadium hosted all of the Swiss matches, the opening ceremony and tournament curtain-raiser between the home nation and Czech Republic.

After the tournament had finished the extended capacity of 42,500 was reverted back to the a number closer to the original size, although it did increase by around 5,000 seats. The original capacity was 33,433 and today the capacity sits at 38,512 although it is very unlikely that this number will increase for the foreseeable future as FC Basel only tend to sell out a few fixtures per season such as Champions League matches.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of FC Basel 1893’s St. Jakob-Park Stadium:

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Stands

St. Jakob-Park is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Home Fans

FC Basel are the second most successful football team in terms of Swiss Super League Titles with just under 20 titles. Whilst Grasshopper Club Zurich have historically being more successfully with 27 titles, FC Basel have emerged in recent years as the dominant force in Swiss Football, and subsequently have had more opportunities to mix it with the big boys of European football during the UEFA Champions Leagues.

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FC Basel fans proudly displaying their Barcelona scarves during a match.

Away Fans

Away fans are housed within the south-west corner of the stadium in a section known as “Gäste-Sektor” which literally translates as Guest Sector. Divided across two-tiers, the area for away fans is usually labelled as B1 and B2.

Away ticket prices are usually set at a flat €25.00, however they can be slightly more expensive for high profile Champions League matches.

Best Pubs

Club Shop

FC Basel operate a large Fan Shop at the stadium in addition to their own  FCB Web store. Situated east of the stadium, it is usually open for two hours before kick-off, and until about one hour after the full-time whistle has gone.

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FC Basel’s Clubshop. The full address is Birsstrasse 320A, 4052 Basel.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
  • Saturday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Stadium Tours

Private tours of FC Basel’s iconic St. Jacob Park are available daily between 8.00 am – 8.00 pm with the exception of matchdays and when the stadium is hosting concerts.

Lasting approximately 75 minutes, tours are available in English, German, French and Italian, and depart from Section A on the 1st floor of the main stand.

For more information and to confirm prices feel free to send an email to stefanie.doppler@fcb.ch or phone the club on +41 61 375 10 55.

Ticket Information

Tickets to see FC Basel play at St. Jakob Park can be purchased from the fan shop at the stadium, at the Markus Vogel Fan Shop at the Station SBB (Küchengasse 16, 4051), or in some cases online from third party sellers.

The prices below represent the typical price ranges you can expect to pay when purchasing a ticket:

  • Section A1 – 6: €65.00 – €75.00
  • Section B: €36,00
  • Family and Youth Corner: €17.00 – €25.00
  • C1 – 4: €25.00 – €48.00
  • Section D: €19.00 – €36.00
  • Sections G1 – G10: €20.00 – €64.00

Matchday Travel

Exterior of Basel's St Jakob Park

The exterior and profile of St Jakob’s Park is quite unassuming, and if you didn’t know it was a stadium you certainly might miss it!

Train

The main railway station of the city is known as Basel SBB, and it is located 3.0km west of St. Jakob’s Park stadium.

Whilst the walk can be done in just under 40 minutes, it’s much easier to catch the tram directly to the ground which has a dedicated station known as “St. Jakob”.

From Basel BB Railway Station catch Tram 8, 10 or 11 to “Aeschenplatz” which is one stop away, and then transfer to Tram 14. This will take you directly to FC Basel’s Stadium via the aforementioned “St. Jakob” station.

Bus

You can also catch the bus to the stadium with closest stops also known as “St Jakob”. You can either catch BVB line 36 or BLT Bus lines 37 an 47.

Driving

The sat-nav address for the stadium is as follows:

  • St. Jakobs-Strasse 395, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

Car parks

There are an estimated 680 parking spaces directly at the stadium itself, and a further 1,465 next to St. Jakobshalle.

FC Basel Tram advert

If you’re lucky you may see a few of these FC Basel sponsored trams making their way around the city on matchday.

Airports

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is the closest international airport to the city of Basel in Switzerland. Technically located in France, approximately 2.2 miles north-west of the city, it acts as a hub for low-cost carriers such as easyJet Switzerland and Belair.

Upon landing you can catch bus number 50 to “Bahnhof SBB” in just under 20 minutes which will then allow you to catch a tram (8, 10 or 11) directly into Basel city centre.

Hotels

As there are few hotels within the immediate vicinity of St. Jakob Park’s stadium you’re better off looking back towards the city centre. There are a number of affordable options around Basel SBB Railway station such as Hotel Ibis, Hotel Citty Inn and Hotel Helvetia. These are well placed for travelling to the ground.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 11, 2015

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