We all have a pre-game ritual. Things that we do before each and every game. A routine that gives us consistency. Whatever each of our routines may be, I can pretty much guarantee that the players at FC Gsopn do something in their pre-game routine that none of us do. See, their stadium (or maybe we’ll just say pitch) is way up high in the Alps. So high that cars can’t really get to the pitch. so the players have to commute via cable cars that go up the side of the mountain.
Wired Magazine has a nice feature on the team and stadium, and here is a little excerpt from that:
“Ottmar Hitzfeld stadium is carved into a mountainside 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) above sea level, so when a ball goes over the protective netting — something that happens seven to 10 times per game — it’s a looooooong way down to retrieve it.
“We lose a lot of balls,” striker Lucas Furrer says.
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.”
Check the full story at Wired and check a video of the stadium and an interview with one of its players after the jump.