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Utogrund Football Ground Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

On 6 October 1912, FC Zurich inaugurated its first own stadium, Utogrund football ground in Albisrieden, a district in the western part of Zurich. The ground is located close to Hubertus tram stop. The name of the stadium is made up of "Uto" (a reference to Zurich's local landmark mountain, the "Üetliberg") and the German word for “ground".

Utogrund football ground was FC Zurich's home stadium for just 13 years – until the Letzigrund Stadium was built – but this short period of time was quite eventful: In 1920, 8,000 spectators gathered here to see the international match between Switzerland and Germany and in 1924, during FC Zurich’s last season at Utogrund football ground, the club won its second Swiss championship title. But there was not just football: Plenty more events were held here, among them city contests, wrestling matches and many track meetings.

And today, FC Zurich's youngest footballers, the LetziKids, play their home games and hold their training sessions at the 100-year-old Utogrund football ground. This Saturday, 6 October (the ground's 100-year anniversary), you’ll have the opportunity to cheer on the LetziKids U11 team in one of their home games (kick-off at 3pm).

More stories about the Utogrund football ground can be found in FC Zurich's Chronicle “Eine Stadt - ein Verein - eine Geschichte“ (i.e. "One City – One Club – One Story") (published by NZZ publishing house in 2010, available in German only).