Grasshopper Set to Leap Out of Zurich in City Row

February 15, 2011

Switzerland and in particular, Zurich’s best-known soccer side, Grasshopper-Club may be forced to leave the nation’s capital, home to the likes of FIFA and the IOC, after a major disagreement with the city’s authorities.

The club, who have been inhabitant’s of the city since being founded 125 years ago, are considering a provisional move to ground-share with league rivals Aarau.

Grasshopper have been Swiss champions on 27 occasions and cup winners on 18, but president Urs Linsi stated: “Better for the club to live in Aarau than die in Zurich. We have no alternative but to move out.”

The falling out has come with regards to rental costs that the club has to pay for its Letzigrund stadium, almost US$900,000 per season, as well as policing costs of nearly $867,000 for match days.