The St. Jakob Stadium was a football stadium in Basel, Switzerland and the former home of Swiss club FC Basel. It was built in 1954, and as well as serving as a club stadium, it hosted several important matches, including the 1954 FIFA World Cup matches and four European Cup Winners' Cup finals.

St. Jakob Stadium
Joggeli
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LocationBasel, Switzerland
Coordinates47°32′29″N 7°37′12″E / 47.54139°N 7.62000°E / 47.54139; 7.62000Coordinates: 47°32′29″N 7°37′12″E / 47.54139°N 7.62000°E / 47.54139; 7.62000
OwnerGenossenschaft Stadion St. Jakob-Park
Capacity51,500 (1954)
36,800 (1998)
Record attendancec. 60,000[citation needed]
Construction
Built1953–1954
Opened24 April 1954
Closed1998
Tenants
FC Concordia Basel, FC Basel (1964–1998)

Tickets and posters for a planned Madonna concert on 31 August 1987, were printed, but the event never materialised, because of failed negotiations between Madonna's management and the Swiss concert promoter. A gig in Nice, France was instead organised for that date.

Pink Floyd performed here on 26 July 1988 as part of their A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour and on 6 and 7 August 1994 as part of their The Division Bell Tour.

Tina Turner performed here 5 times during her Break Every Rule Tour on 27 June 1987, Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour on 16 and 17 June 1990, What's Love? Tour on 3 September 1993, Wildest Dreams Tour on 5 July 1996.

Michael Jackson performed in front of 50,000 people during his Bad World Tour in 16 June 1988. Actress Elizabeth Taylor and singer Bob Dylan attended the show. Jackson planned a Dangerous World Tour concert in Basel on 11 September 1992 but the show was cancelled because the singer was ill. Jackson performed in Basel his last Swiss concert on 25 July 1997 in front of over 48,000 people during his HIStory World Tour.

The St. Jakob-Park has been built in its place. It was nicknamed "Joggeli" by Basel supporters.

Important gamesEdit

1954 World CupEdit

During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, St. Jakob Stadium hosted 4 group stage matches, one quarter-final match, and one semi-final match.

Hungary  8–3  West Germany
Kocsis   3'21'69'78'
Puskás   17'
Hidegkuti   52'54'
J. Tóth   75'
Report Pfaff   25'
Rahn   77'
Herrmann   84'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 56,000

Uruguay  7–0  Scotland
Borges   17'47'57'
Míguez   30'83'
Abbadie   54'85'
Report
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 34,000

England  4–4 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Broadis   26'63'
Lofthouse   36'91'
Report Anoul   5'71'
Coppens   67'
Dickinson   94' (o.g.)
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Emil Schmetzer (West Germany)

Switzerland   4–1  Italy
Hügi   14'85'
Ballaman   48'
Fatton   90'
Report Nesti   67'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 28,655[1]
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Uruguay  4–2  England
Borges   5'
Varela   39'
Schiaffino   46'
Ambrois   78'
Report Lofthouse   16'
Finney   67'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)

West Germany  6–1  Austria
Schäfer   31'
Morlock   47'
F. Walter   54' (pen.)64' (pen.)
O. Walter   61'89'
Report Probst   51'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 58,000
Referee: Vincenzo Orlandini (Italy)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European football teams database - Group 4 Play-off".
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
European Cup Winners' Cup
Final venue

1969
Succeeded by
Prater Stadium
Vienna
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
European Cup Winners' Cup
Final venue

1975
Succeeded by
Heysel Stadium
Brussels
Preceded by
Parc des Princes
Paris
European Cup Winners' Cup
Final venue

1979
Succeeded by
Heysel Stadium
Brussels
Preceded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
European Cup Winners' Cup
Final venue

1984
Succeeded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam