The FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, will open to the public at 12noon on Sunday 28 February. As the new home of football history, the museum packs more than 1,000 artefacts into 3,000m2 of exhibition space – including both FIFA World Cup trophies, which were delivered earlier this week by two-time World Cup champions Renate Lingor and Cafu.
“We are delighted that we are now ready to open, and visitors will be very welcome from noon onwards,” said Stefan Jost, the museum’s Managing Director.
“The museum has something for people of all ages. Visitors can expect a unique mix consisting of stories documenting the fascinating history of international football as well as interactive stations. We want to bring people closer to football and to make the museum a vibrant meeting place for all football and sports fans.”
FIFA has invested CHF 30million in the museum, which also houses a library and research centre, sports bar, café, bistro, 180˚ cinema, gaming area and a giant pinball game that will appeal to guests of all ages. The FIFA World Cup Trophy, previously locked away in a Zurich bank vault, and the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy will be on permanent display within individual showcases in the FIFA World Cup™ Gallery.
“We are very proud that these two trophies - probably the most important team-sport trophies, have now found a new home in our museum,” said Jost.
“They will be a magnet for every single one of our visitors. We have no doubt that, with the FIFA World Football Museum, we have created another must-see for tourists in the city of Zurich.”
The museum’s foundation stone was laid in April 2013, with construction approved a year later. As well as CHF 30 million spent on the museum, FIFA has invested CHF 110 million renovating and reconstructing the ‘Haus zur Enge’ building in Zurich’s Enge district. The rental contract with the owners of the building lasts until 2055.