Stade de Suisse Wankdorf Bern is the home ground of Swiss Super League team BSC Young Boys, and is currently the second largest stadium in the country, with approximately 7,000 capacity less than Basel’s St Jakob-Park. First opened in 2005, The ground replaced the old Wankdorf Stadium and was used as a venue for the Swiss-Austrian hosted Euro 2008.
Constructed across a two year period starting in 2003, Stade de Suisse officially opened on the 30th July 2005 with the inaugural match held two weeks prior in what the organisers called “an infrastructure test”. Limited to just 14,000 tickets, Young Boys entertained Olympique Marseilles in an entertaining 3-2 defeat in preparation for the upcoming 2005/2006 season.
Constructed in order to be one of the Swiss venues of Euro 2008 which was co-hosted with Austria, the 32,000 capacity ground staged three Group C Matches including three Netherlands matches against Italy, France and Romania. Before the tournament Stade de Suisse gained experience of hosting big matches when FC Thun used the venue for their home matches during the 2005/2006 Champions League and subsequent match in the UEFA Cup.
During the group stages Stade de Suisse Wankdorf welcomed the likes of Ajax, Sparta Prague and eventual tournament finalists Arsenal. As Thun finished 3rd they qualified for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Cup and this time Stade de Suisse hosted another European match against German side Hamburg. Young Boys failed to progress to the group stages of this competition during this period after failing to win their qualification matches during for consecutive seasons.
Today, Stade de Suisse remains the second largest stadium Switzerland ahead of FC Basel’s St. Jakob Park and continues to be regarded as one of the best mid-sized venues in Europe. Intended to be used as the Swiss national stadium, the use of artificial turf has prohibited the team’s regular usage of the stadium with natural grass laid to meet UEFA regulations during the 2008 tournament. It is also famous for being environmentally friendly, as the roofs are covered in Solar Panels.
Below is a seating plan of Young Boys’ Stade de Suisse:
Stade de Suisse is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.
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
Young Boys may be famous in English Speaking countries for their name, its implications and for the mildy amusing their previous ground, The Wankdorf, but in Switzerland YB are certainly no joke.
The fifth most successfully team in the country based on League Titles, Young Boys regularly jockey with Grasshopper for the right to be crowned the second best team in the country, after FC Basel pulled away from the pack during the 2009/2010 season.
Based on the Europa League match between BSC Young Boys and Everton back in February 2015, away fans are usually housed within the north-west corner of the stadium in the area which is unlabelled in the seating plan we posted above.
Depending on the expected levels of demand, the travelling supporters can occupy up to two-tiers of seating with sections B12 and B14 in the lower tier, and sections B13 and B15 in the corner.
Young Boys operate a Fanshop at the stadium’s main entrance at the Wankdorf Center in addition to their complimentary online store which is practically open 24/7. Opening Hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
- Friday: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
- Saturday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Whilst the YB Fan Shop will always be open on matchdays, please be advised that you can no longer purchase tickets from there, and you should instead use the box office!
Stadium tours of Stade de Suisse lasting 45 minutes are available in three different formats: basic tour, a technology tour and a catering tour. Most football fans will wish to undertake the basic tour as it focuses on the sporting side of things rather than the infrastructure and service industries.
Tours cost a flat fee of 100.00 Swiss Francs (€96.00) for groups between 1-10, and 200.00 Swiss Francs (€190.00) larger groups between 11 and 20.
Departing from the Wankdorf Clock just outside restaurant Eleven, tours must be booked seven days in advance by either phoning the office on 031 344 88 20 or sending an email to [email protected]
Tickets to see The Young Boys in action can be purchased for 90 minutes before kick-off from the box office, from Ticketcorner sales points throughout the city, as well as online via the official website.
Super League Prices
- Corners: 20.00 CHF
- Fanzone: 25.00 CHF
- Goal end second tier: 35.00 CHF
- Sides: 45.00 CHF
- Side Central: 60.00 – 70.00 CHF
Please note that the above prices are based on a single adult ticket, and will likely fluctuate depending on your age, and which team you are seeing in action. The prices are for illustrative purposes only and to give you an approximation of tickets.
Stade de Suisse is situated within the Wankdorf district of Bern, located less than 3km from the historic city centre. As it’s such a short distance you could feasible walk to the ground in 35 minutes, however for those in possession of a ticket, you may as well take advantage of the free public transport which is included in the price!
The main railway station of Bern is located a few kilometres away from Stade de Suisse which means Bern Wankdorf station is the closest. Situated five minutes north of the stadium, it forms part of the S-Bahn lines with services running a few times an hour.
Bern Tramway Network offers far greater coverage than the S-Bahn trainline, and thus is way more popular with football fans and local residents. The nearest stop is Bern, Wankdorf Center along the Papiermuhlestrasse which runs adjacent to the stadium.
As the nearest bus stop is located next to the Wankdorf Center tram stop it isn’t quite as popular, however the number 40 could be a decent back up if you’re stranded.
The stadium’s address is as follows:
- Papiermuehle Street 71, 3000 Bern, Switzerland
Parking is severely limited at Stade de Suisse, and it’s recommended that you instead take some form of public transport.
Airport and Flying
Bern is served by a small international airport known as Bern-Belp (BRN) which is situated 6.8km south-east of the traditional city centre. You can catch direct flights from London, Paris, Barcelona and Munich to name but four European destinations.
The closest and most affordable hotel to Stade de Suisse is the Hotel Ibis Bern Expo with the other options nearby such as the Novotel and Hotel Alpenblick all very expensive. You’re much better off hopping back on the tram, and finding something livelier within the centre of Berne.