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Swiss Lausanne-Sports opens new stadium Image: Lausanne-Sport & en24news.com

The Swiss Super League football club Lausanne-Sport (LS) has played its first games in its new stadium – Stade de la Tuilière (Switzerland) – three years on from when construction work started on the project.

Lausanne-Sport opened its game at the Stade de la Tuilière with a 3-0 defeat to league leaders BSC Young Boys recently, but bounced back with a 3-0 win of its own to go third in the table following promotion last season.

FC Lausanne-Sport is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud. Founded in 1896, Lausanne Sport currently plays in the Swiss Super League, the highest tier of football in the country.

BSC Young Boys are a Swiss sports club based in Bern, Switzerland. Its first team has won 14 Swiss league championships and six Swiss Cups. Young Boys is one of the most successful Swiss football clubs internationally, reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup in the 1958-59 seasons.

The new stadium has opened without fans in attendance due to COVID-19 which is still hitting the world hard, but once spectators are allowed to return, it will offer a total capacity of 12,000 in fully seated mode, or 12,544 in matches that allow safe standing utilizing rail seating.
 

 

The price tag of the arena is CHF76.6m (£63.9m/€70.8m/$86.1m) and is owned by the City of Lausanne, LS, which is owned by the British petrochemicals company Ineos. It holds a 15-year contract to operate it in the public-private partnership (P3) mode.

The Stade de la Tuilière replaces Stade Olympique de la Pontaise as the home of Lausanne-Sport. The latter facility opened in 1904 and was redeveloped for Switzerland’s staging of the 1954 FIFA World Cup™.

However, in recent years, the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise did not exactly hit off with fans, and with an athletics track having been in place for Lausanne’s Diamond League event and other meets, the new venue offers Lausanne-Sport a soccer-specific home.

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