The St. Jakob Stadium, situated in Basel, Switzerland, once served as the home ground for the Swiss club FC Basel. Originally constructed in anticipation of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, it not only functioned as a club stadium but also played host to various significant matches, including some fixtures during the 1954 FIFA World Cup and four European Cup Winners’ Cup finals.
In 1998, the stadium was closed down, paving the way for the establishment of St. Jakob-Park in its stead. Fondly referred to as “Joggeli” by loyal Basel supporters, the moniker being a local dialect’s endearing rendition of the name “Jakob.”
During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, hosted a total of 4 group stage matches, one quarter-final match, and one semi-final match.
In a planned Madonna concert scheduled for the 31st of August 1987, tickets and posters were printed but the event was ultimately canceled due to unsuccessful negotiations between Madonna’s management and the Swiss concert promoter. Instead, a performance was organized in Nice, France, for the same date.
The iconic Rolling Stones graced the stadium with their performances on three separate occasions – on the 15th of July 1982 as part of their European Tour, the 26th of June 1990 during their Urban Jungle Tour, and on the 29th and 30th of July 1995 as part of their Voodoo Lounge Tour.
Pink Floyd left their mark with two memorable shows on the 26th of July 1988 as part of their A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, and on the 6th and 7th of August 1994 during their The Division Bell Tour.
Van Halen electrified the venue with their performance on the 5th of September 1988, incorporated into their OU812 Tour.
AC/DC, joined by Metallica, Queensrÿche, and Mötley Crüe, unleashed their talent during the Monsters of Rock festival on the 25th of August 1991.
Tina Turner, the iconic performer, graced the stage on five occasions, during her Break Every Rule Tour on the 27th of June 1987, Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour on the 16th and 17th of June 1990, What’s Love? Tour on the 3rd of September 1993, and the Wildest Dreams Tour on the 5th of July 1996.
Michael Jackson’s incredible performances remain etched in memory, with a staggering audience of 50,000 during his Bad World Tour on the 16th of June 1988. Notable figures like actress Elizabeth Taylor and singer Bob Dylan were in attendance. Although a planned Dangerous World Tour concert on the 11th of September 1992 had to be canceled due to the singer’s illness, Michael Jackson concluded his Swiss journey with a stunning show in Basel on the 25th of July 1997 during his HIStory World Tour, captivating over 48,000 spectators.