Work on the new FIFA World Football Museum at Tessinerplatz near Zurich-Enge station in Zurich began nearly two years ago, and the building contractor officially handed the building over to FIFA Museum AG in December 2015. The museum will now open to the public on 28 February 2016.
Construction on the FIFA World Football Museum was completed in early December 2015, and on 18 December the building contractor officially handed over the freshly renovated “Haus zur Enge” to the museum operator, FIFA Museum AG. FIFA has invested a total of CHF 140 million in the renovation and reconstruction of the building, with the museum itself accounting for around CHF 30 million of that outlay. FIFA has signed a rental contract with the owners of the building, Swiss Life, until 2055.
The FIFA World Football Museum will open its doors to the general public on 28 February 2016, but before then the museum will go through an intensive test phase. “We will be testing the museum with various groups,” explains Managing Director Stefan Jost. “We will also be conducting tests with the museum running at full capacity.” This will ensure that all areas of the museum are fully operational and that they meet requirements. “It is important for us to ensure that we are fully prepared for the opening,” stresses Jost.
Entry to the museum will cost around CHF 20, with a wide range of attractions awaiting visitors: an exhibition area over three levels, measuring more than 3,000 square metres and containing more than 1,000 unique objects, will cover all aspects of the world of football. The museum will focus on the development of the international game and the unique pulling power of the World Cup and will also host an interactive, multimedia world of experiences that will look at the emotions that football awakens on a daily basis all around the world, thrilling people and shaping their lives.
There will be more than 15 interactive stations and over 60 screens with spectacular football images. One of the main attractions will undoubtedly be the FIFA World Cup Trophy. “We will also be able to host a wide range of events as well as fascinating panel discussions in our seminar and event area,” continues Jost. The museum will also boast a sports bar, a bistro, a cafeteria, a shop and a library with more than 4,000 football-related books. All of these areas will be open to the public and accessible without a museum entry ticket.