FIFA’s home Zurich votes to get a stadium

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Zurich, the home city of football’s governing body FIFA, is finally set to get a purpose-built football stadium after voters gave the green light to the project in a local referendum on November 25, the Reuters news agency reported.

The Zurich city government said that 54 percent of voters were in favour of building an 18,000-capacity stadium on the site of the old Hardturm ground which was closed and demolished in 2007.

The stadium will be shared by local clubs Grasshoppers and FC Zurich and will be privately financed, the clubs have said.

In a previous referendum in 2013, voters rejected plans to build the stadium using public money.

The two clubs currently use the Letzigrund athletics stadium as their home ground but the venue is often criticised for its lukewarm atmosphere and for the distance between spectators and the pitch.

The old Hardturm stadium was opened in 1929, was home only to Grasshoppers and hosted matches at the 1954 World Cup.

Grasshoppers have won a record 27 Swiss titles but none since they moved to the Letzigrund.

Zurich has been the headquarters since the mid-1930s of world football federation FIFA.

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