The year in sound: Out with a bang

The Wankdorf met a spectacular end in August Keystone Archive

In the last trawl of the year through swissinfo's audio archives, we mark the end of an era with the detonation of Bern's historic Wankdorf stadium.

This content was published on December 30, 2001 - 22:19

Originally built in 1924, the 77-year-old ground was renovated in time to host the 1954 World Cup finals, and as the site of Germany's first ever World Cup win, the stadium held memories for more than just Swiss football fans.

But it was the supporters of Bern side Young Boys who called the Wankdorf their home and many of the team's followers were in the 4,000-strong crowd that turned out in August to see the old stadium bite the dust.

The detonation will not end the site's association with football, however. By 2005, a new 31,000-seat arena is due to take the place of the old Wankdorf.

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