Chelsea supporters attending our away Champions League match against Basel this week may appreciate the following information:
FC Basel v Chelsea Football Club
Tuesday 26 November 2013, kick-off 20.45hrs (local time)
City and Stadium
Basel is situated in the north-west of Switzerland, with the borders of France and Germany meeting close to the city centre.Located on the Rhine it has a population of 166,000 and is well served with train systems and other transport links. While the city has many restaurants and hotels it should be noted that due to a large conference in Basel at the time of this fixture, hotel accommodation will be at a premium.
The stadium, St Jakob-Park, which has a capacity of 36,000, opened in 2001 and is a modern venue located in the south-eastern district on the outskirts of Basel, adjacent to the A2 motorway. The stadium building includes a shopping centre and restaurants. Chelsea have been allocated 1486 tickets.
Basel Airport is approximately 15 minutes from the city centre with tram number 50 connecting to the city. Zurich is about 1hr 15 mins by train. The last train from Basel to Zurich is at 00.30hrs.
The stadium is approximately 20 to 30 minutes’ walk from the city centre or the tram number 14 can be used from AESCHPLATZ to ST JAKOB, which is the closest tram stop to the stadium. This journey takes about 10 minutes. NOTE: Matchday tickets entitle supporters to travel free on match day from 16.45hrs until the transport systems stop at 01.00hrs.
A taxi from Basel city centre to the stadium should cost approximately CHF 25.
Note: Swiss currency is the Swiss Franc.£1 = 1.40 CHF
>>Click for a plan of public transport in the city.
Stadium and Regulations
Chelsea supporters will be located in Stand B which is on the western side of the ground, in Sectors B 1 and B 2. Disabled supporters will enter the stadium at the corners of sectors B and C.
Entry will be by electronic scanning of the ticket and then body search by stewards inside the ground. Turnstiles open at open at 18.45hrs and supporters are advised to arrive in good time. Prohibited items are similar to in the UK. In particular no bottles will be permitted or excessively large banners or flag poles. While there are luggage deposit facilities, it is not recommended you bring large items to the ground. Persons who are drunk will not be permitted entry.
Between the hours of 16.00 and kick-off Chelsea supporters are advised to avoid the ‘Muttenzerkurve’, the home sector of Basel fans, outside the stadium and the platform of sector D which adjoins this area. FC Basel has also advised the souvenir shop should be avoided pre match due to its proximity to the home fan area.
Catering facilities are available in the visitors section throughout the match where payments can be made using local currency.
It is anticipated Chelsea supporters will be held back for a short period at the end of the match.
General Security Advice
Switzerland is generally a safe country but common sense precautions should be taken when in crowded city areas and on local transport as pick pockets do operate. This includes keeping valuables safe and bags secure and preferably leaving all valuables on your hotel safety deposit box. Adequate travel insurance should be obtained and passports must be valid for the period of the stay. Please ensure your passport is kept safe. In case of lost or stolen passports, please contact the British Embassy in Berne.
Club Emergency Contact
Public Emergency Line
British Embassy Berne
Telephone +41 (0)31 359 7700 (also for out of hours emergencies)
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm
For more information and detailed travel advice for Switzerland, please visit the British Embassy website
>>Click for a plan of the stadium
>>Click for stadium rules