Tifo display in Section 8 at the Chicago Fire 2013 home opener last night. “Project Rise” cost supporters $2,000 to produce, created over eight build sessions lasting over 70 hours in total (cool time lapse video of the banner painting here and here).
Photos from multiple sources, via project co-ordinator Eric Kekeis (@s8coperations)
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?
But I love the football that brings people together across religious divides, geographic divides, political divides. I love the fact that for ninety minutes in a rectangular piece of grass, people can forget hopefully, whatever might be going on in their life, rejoice in this communal celebration of humanity. The biggest diverse, invasive or pervasive culture that human kinds knows is football and I love the fact that at the altar of football human kind can come worship and celebrate. x