Construction work in Zurich is continuing to progress according to schedule. After around 20 months of construction, work has now begun on the interior of the museum, which is still due to open in the first quarter of 2016.
Major construction work has been underway in Zurich since March 2014, with FIFA Museum AG building the FIFA World Football Museum at the very heart of the city. Work on the interior of the museum began in September, with fitting-out work currently being undertaken on all three exhibition levels in order to install the complex background technology for more than 1,000 exclusive exhibits. The museum will boast an interactive world of experiences with no fewer than 60 screens, but it is the installation of the unique pinball machine that is particularly challenging.
“I can’t wait to see the FIFA World Football Museum. We are creating a special meeting place, because the FIFA World Football Museum will bring shared memories and emotions to life, and therefore bring the whole international football family together,” said FIFA President Blatter.
The start of the interior fitting-out phase means that the FIFA World Football Museum has now entered the home straight. “It is great that work has finally begun on the inside of the museum,” said Stefan Jost, CEO of FIFA Museum AG. “Everything that we have only known from plans so far is now beginning to take shape.”
Another person working at full steam at the moment is Creative Director David Ausseil: “There is still a lot to do. Apart from installing the complex technology, we also need to check all of the museum’s content to make sure that there are no mistakes, review all of the translations, and also finalise all of the video material.” Work on the interior of the museum will be finished by the end of October, which is when an intensive test phase will begin for all areas of the museum. Nevertheless, Stefan Jost is still confident that “we will be able to open the museum in the first quarter of 2016”.
Once complete, the FIFA World Football Museum will boast an exhibition area measuring more than 3,000m² over three levels, covering all aspects of the world of football. An interactive, multimedia world of experiences will give visitors the chance to look at the emotions that football awakens on a daily basis all around the world, thrilling people and shaping their lives.