Concept planned for the future of the Bossard Arena

Wednesday, 11.03.2020 // 09:37

It has been apparent for some time now, and it is thanks to the sporting success of EVZ that the Bossard Arena is reaching its capacity limits. Demand exceeds supply, not only in terms of tickets, but also in gastronomy. The City of Zug and EVZ now want to explore together, independently of the Corona topicality, the possibilities for increasing the Stadium capacity and the future operational organisation.

Press release to the city of Zug on Wednesday, 11th of March, 2020 (in German)

Ice hockey moves Switzerland: an exciting championship, unexpected successes at world championships, new stadiums in Lausanne and Zurich. Even though the corona virus is currently putting a damper on the further course of the championship, the sporting development of EVZ means that the ice stadium in the Herti has reached its capacity limits. 

Even in the qualification matches, the Bossard Arena is practically always sold out, and in the final rounds ticket demand has exceeded supply in recent years. A comparison of the situation in Switzerland's National League stadiums shows that Bossard Arena has slipped to sixth place in terms of spectator capacity and tenth place in the gastronomy sector. This has a direct impact on the profitability and the competitiveness of EVZ.

Given this background, the city of Zug, as the owner of the BOSSARD Arena, will now work out a concept with the relevant partners in which the requirements for the infrastructure, the cost consequences and the responsibilities for the operation are all made sustainable.. This includes various scenarios and initial clarifications regarding construction options. City councillor André Wicki says: "We will draw up a layout plan and examine all the possibilities of what a possible future ice hockey arena will look like and how it will be used and maintained".

The development is concerning a building complex that was planned a good 15 years ago and opened 10 years ago. The investment at the time was the basis for EVZs sporting success in recent years and for its economic operation. Now the course of the infrastructure and operation is to be set for a further successful future of EVZ.

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