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Voters Give Green Light To Football Stadium In Zurich

Zurich, the "home city" of FIFA, is "finally set to get a purpose-built football stadium after voters gave the green light to the project" in a local referendum on Sunday, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Zurich city government said that 54% of voters were in favor of building an 18,000-capacity stadium on the site of the old Hardturm ground, which was closed and demolished in '07. The stadium will be shared by local clubs Grasshoppers and FC Zurich and will be privately financed, the clubs said. The two clubs currently use the Letzigrund athletics stadium as their home ground but the venue is often criticized for its "lukewarm atmosphere and for the distance between spectators and the pitch" (REUTERS, 11/25).