Zurich makes progress on football stadium project

BY foxsports • January 19, 2012

Zurich has moved closer to getting the new football stadium that was originally promised for the 2008 European Championship.

The canton (state) of Zurich says it will invest 8 million Swiss francs ($8.5 million) in a 19,000-capacity venue to be shared by city rivals FC Zurich and Grasshoppers.

The 150 million Swiss francs ($160 million) project on the site of Grasshoppers' former Hardturm home could open in 2017.

Hardturm should have been developed as a Euro 2008 venue but was stalled by legal disputes and neighbors' objections.

Instead, the Letzigrund stadium traditionally used by FC Zurich - though better known for athletics - was redeveloped for the tournament. It currently hosts both clubs.

Zurich residents will vote on the project next year.

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