Europe’s highest football pitch

While the beautiful game may be found at higher altitudes in Bolivia, there’s something special about this uncovered gem in Gspon, Switzerland.

Set in the heart of the Swiss alps, Ottmar Hitzfeld stadium is carved into a mountainside 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) above sea level… The field, surrounded by vertiginous peaks near the resort of Zermatt, was built on one of the few patches flat enough to hold it. There wasn’t enough room for a proper pitch, so the team plays on a three-quarter-size field akin to a five-a-side field. The turf is artificial, because grass won’t grow at this altitude. And because the village is too high for traffic, players arrive by cable car.”

Right, so how do we exchange our team bus for a team cable car?

[Full Wired article by Jeremy Hart]

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