FIFA details plans for major museum development
19 Apr 2012
FIFA has revealed plans for a major museum development, which it states provides a “clear show of support” for Zurich as its base through a significant extension to its headquarters.
World football’s governing body has stated the extension will see two-thirds of the new development open to the public, centered on the museum, which FIFA says will includes 3D animations, interactive games and trophies. Clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United have set the benchmark when it comes to football museums, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter said, “it is high time that world football had a meeting place for its millions of fans.”
An investment of around 180 million Swiss francs (Eur150 million) will be required and has already been agreed by the FIFA Executive Committee. The extension is set to create extra jobs and increase the current employment capacity from 380 at present to a maximum of 500. A cafeteria and a crèche are also planned in the extension which will be located underground, alongside the main building, and lit from above.
Zurich City Council was officially informed of FIFA’s plans on April 11 at a two-hour meeting held at FIFA headquarters. The City Council convened on Wednesday and welcomed the proposal, adding that the extension would require a design plan to be validated by the Zurich Municipal Council.