Stade Tourbillon is a multi-purpose football stadium located in the small, 31,207 populated city of Sion, Switzerland. Home to local Swiss Super League side FC Sion, the ground first opened in 1968 and underwent significant renovations in 1989 to bring it up to its current capacity of 16,263.
Sion Stadium Guide
|Address:||Route des Echutes 38, Sion, Switzerland, 1950|
Stade de Tourbillon History
Stade Tourbillon is the fourth permanent home of FC Sion since the club formed back in 1909 with the club starting out playing football on a plot of spare land next to a gas plant before slowly upgrading their facilities as they moved around town. Between 1928-1968, the club resides at Parc des Sports Tourbillon which was their second most long serving stadium before moving to today’s Stade de Tourbillon.
First opened on the 11th August 1968, the ground took it’s name from the nearby Château de Tourbillon which is a medieval castle overlooking the city high up on the surrounding hills. Unlike this historic monument, Stade de Tourbillon has been renovated over the years since opening with the most significant renovation coming in 1989.
This year saw the addition of roofs across all four stands, and it helped set the tone of future developments which occurred over the next 20 years including the expansion of matchday hospitality facilities for both supporters, the press, officials and players. The ground originally opened with a capacity of just over 20,000 but most stands were converted fully to seating after enhanced UEFA regulations which resulted in the capacity being reduced to an estimated 14,283.
FC Sion’s stadium has hosted a handful of International matches through the course of its history including friendly matches against the now dissolved Czechoslovakia in 1985, the United Arab Emirates in 1994 and most recently Costa Rica on the 1st of June 2010 in a warm up match for Euro 2012 qualifiers.
In 2013, the club hosted a pre season tournament known as the Valais Cup which involved famous European teams including Wolfsburg and AS Saint-Étienne,
Stade de Tourbillon Seating Plan
Stade de Tourbillon Away Section
Away fans are housed within the south-east corner of Stade Tourbillon within what is effectively block D4. Based on the pattern of the roof one can deduce that the visitors sections takes up exactly 37.5% of the southern goal-end, and thus you’re probably looking at a few hundred tickets maximum.
Sion Club Shop
Unless you’re visiting Stade Tourbillon on a matchday, you’re best bet when purchasing merchandise of FC sion is to try the official online store.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
Unfortunately there are no stadium tours currently available of Stade Tourbillon, but if FC Sion ever change this situation we’ll be the first to update this page.
How to buy Sion Tickets
Tickets to see FC Sion in action can be purchases by phoning 0900/800 800 (charges apply), visiting the official website, or by visiting Ticketcorner points at Swiss Post, Man and SBB Stations around the city.
Ticket Prices Range
- Tribune Nord: €25.00
- Tribune Est: €45.00 – €55.00
- Tribune Sud: €25.00 – €35.00
- Tribune Ouest: €40.00 – €150.00
Note: Tickets are generally more expensive the more central you go when it comes to the east and west tribunes. The best atmosphere is usually in the Tribune Nord, and you have the added bonus of it also being the cheapest!
How to get to Stade de Tourbillon
Where is Stade de Tourbillon?
Stade de Tourbillon is located less than no more than 1.7km east of Sion’s historic city centre which means you can feasible walk to the ground in approximately 20 minutes on a matchday.
The Stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- Route des Echutes 38, 1950 Sion, Switzerland
There is a small carpark located behind the back of the north stand and reportedly signs around the stadium which can direct you to the nearest carpark. As Sion is relatively small don’t be afraid to park slightly further away and walk the distance.
Train - Public Transport
Sion Railway Station sits right on the line between Lausanne and Geneva which means that it is well connected to the rest of the Switzerland.
As it is in the centre of town the previous information regrading walking times of around 20-25 minutes holds true.
Airports and Flying
Sion Airport (Aéroport de Sion) is located 2.5km southest of the city centre, however it doesn’t have the largest amount of International flights routes with only Air Glaciers and Intersky reportedly operating regular services out of Sion.
Therefore Geneva International Airport which is 110 km to the west becomes the default airport hub for large parts of Western Switzerland includine the Rhone Valley.
Hotels Near Stade de Tourbillon
East of the stadium Tourbillon on Route de Chippis there is the out of town Hotel Ibis Sion Est otherwise your accommodation options are back towards the centre of town. Generally speaking quite expensive Jugendherberge Sion just past the railway station appears to be one of the more reasonable priced hotels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Stade de Tourbillon?
Swiss side Sion play their home matches at Stade de Tourbillon.
What is the capacity of Stade de Tourbillon?
As of 2023 Stade de Tourbillon has an official seating capacity of 16,263 for Football matches.
When was Stade de Tourbillon opened?
Stade de Tourbillon officially opened in 1968 and is home to Sion
What is the postcode for Stade de Tourbillon?
The postcode for Stade de Tourbillon is 1950.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Stade de Tourbillon in 2023. Please visit the official website of Sion for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.