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Welcome to St. Jakobshalle Basel. You will find everything you need to know about our venue on this page.
Great Highlights. For Everyone.
Whether it’s big concerts, exciting sporting events or cool happenings: St. Jakobshalle Basel spares no effort to bring unique highlights to Basel and thus ensure unforgettable moments.
St. Jakobshalle Basel itself does not organise any events, but offers the logistical prerequisites and the technical know-how for large and small productions to be able to operate as a competent partner for external organisers and event planners. This also includes ensuring that you feel safe as part of the audience, are well catered for and can enjoy every event at the St. Jakobshalle Basel as a fan. Further information on the individual events can be found on the websites of the respective organisers.
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For public events, the main entrance is located directly at the «Basel St Jakob» stop on tram line number 14. Further information regarding public transport can be found on the website of the Basler Verkehrsbetriebe BVB as well as in the chapter How to find us. Depending on the type of event, additional entrances may be available; these will be signposted accordingly.
You can reach the sports halls and our administration at the back entrance of St. Jakobshalle Basel. The reception is located on the ground floor.
How to find us
St. Jakobshalle Basel is located on the south-eastern edge of the City of Basel and is easily accessible both by public transport as well as private vehicles. Parking spaces are available at St. Jakob Car Park.
Arrival by Car
Take the A2 motorway, direction of Basel. You will pass through the «Schweizerhalle» gallery. Attention: There is a danger of tailbacks. Follow the signs for «Delémont». Take the exit «Basel-St. Jakob». Always follow the signs for «Basel-St. Jakob». After the motorway exit, you will come to a set of traffic lights. Keep to the left. Follow the signs for «St. Jakobshalle» to the underpass. Turn right in the underpass to reach St. Jakob Car Park.
Motorway J18 from Delémont, direction of Basel. Take the exit «Basel-St. Jakob/Muttenz-Industrie». After the exit, you will come to a set of traffic lights. Stay in the left lane. After turning left, drive past St. Jakobshalle Basel (which is on your left, St. Jakob-Park football stadium on your right). Stay in the left lane again. At the next set of traffic lights, turn left and follow the parking signs for St. Jakobshalle Basel.
Take the A5 motorway from Karlsruhe and Freiburg. You will arrive at the Weil am Rhein border crossing. Attention: Motorway toll sticker compulsory. After crossing the border, you will see the sign «St. Jakob». Follow the signs for «Luzern, Bern, Zürich, Delémont, Basel-Süd/St. Jakob». Take the exit «Basel-Süd/St. Jakob». Follow «Basel-St. Jakob» After the motorway exit you will come to a traffic light. Keep to the left. Follow the signs for «St. Jakobshalle» to the underpass. Turn right in the underpass to reach St. Jakob Car Park.
Arrival by Public Transport
To Basel SBB (Switzerland) or Badischer Bahnhof (Germany). With half-hourly connections to and from Zurich (travelling time 60 minutes), Berne (80 minutes), Lucerne (80 minutes), St. Gallen (120 minutes) and hourly connections to and from Geneva (180 minutes). Find further information and connections at www.sbb.ch
Take Tram no. 8,10 or 11 to «Aeschenplatz», then take tram line no. 14 to «St. Jakob» (travelling time 20 minutes).
Take bus line no. 36 (located in front of McDonald’s) to «St. Jakob» (travelling time 20 minutes).
In the rear area of the St. Jakobshalle Basel, there are 1.478 paid parking spaces available (424 of which are outside and 1.054 inside). The St. Jakob car park is operated by the Canton of Basel-Stadt and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Further information on prices and how to get there can be found here.
In addition, St. Jakob-Park shopping centre located next door to our venue offers further 2.100 parking spaces. The entrance is open from Monday to Saturday from 06:00-01:00 and on Sunday from 08:00-01:00; the exit is possible at any time. Further information on prices and how to get there can be found here.
St. Jakobshalle Basel is partially accessible with wheelchairs. For our guests in wheelchairs, six disabled parking spaces are available at the outdoor car park close to the main entrance. There are also wheelchair toilets in the Foyer area with Eurokey.
Important: Wheelchair spaces may vary depending on the type of event; please refer to the ticket pre-sales section of the official organiser’s website for relevant information.
At large events there is an attended cloakroom (the fee is CHF 3.-).
We strive to ensure that our guests feel comfortable and safe at all times. Therefore, please observe our guidelines regarding prohibited items at the respective events. This also includes food and beverages.
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Lost and Found
Found valuables (no clothes etc.) from events and sports activities will be deposited at the reception until 14 days after the date of discovery. If you have any questions, please call +41 61 317 82 30. Subsequently, the objects will be forwarded to the lost and found office Baselland. The found objects are registered under this link.
The foundations of St. Jakobshalle Basel were laid on the 19th of April 1971; it was officially opened on the 26th of September 1976. The striking building by architect Giovanni Panozzo and engineer Albert Schmidt was designed as part of a large sports complex south-east of the City of Basel. Located within immediate vicinity of St. Jakobshalle Basel is the St. Jakob-Park Football Stadium, the St. Jakob Ice Hockey Arena and the St. Jakob Sports Grounds.
St. Jakobshalle Basel was exemplary at the time it was built. In the course of the last decades however, the type of events and subsequent requirements have changed considerably. In order to do justice to this new circumstance, St. Jakobshalle Basel has undergone several structural adaptations and changes. Since the architectural design of the building complex appeared indecisive, the external appearance was also to be subjected to critical examination. One problem arose with regard to the location of the main entrance: Brüglingerstrasse did not offer the required space and outdoor area for large events. The entrance from St. Jakobs-Strasse, which could provide the necessary access, looked like a side entrance and lacked generosity.
In the end, the County of Basel-Stadt decided to hold a competition to adapt to current needs for the existing building and the necessary adjustments in their entirety. In the jury report, it was suggested that «a more subtle approach to the expressive concrete-brick architecture in the sense of a monument preservation approach» should be examined during the revision.
The project competition for the renovation and modernisation of St. Jakobshalle Basel (preliminary project: 2013 / commissioning: October 2018) was decided. A more modern event hall was required, but solutions were also sought that would allow for a more multifunctional use. A Basel planning team solved this challenging task convincingly. The 1st prize went to Berrel Berrel Kräutler AG in collaboration with Degelo Architekten AG, Basel.
The task at hand was to solve all pending problems with the existing building structure, which was already statically exhausted at the time of its construction. Feasibility studies had already suggested ways of solving these problems. These were refined and elaborated in the ongoing project. The challenge was to develop the existing building by adding new parts and thus forming a modern, clear and strong identity. In doing so, the qualities of the existing building would be preserved and, in addition to the functional quality, the architectural quality would also be increased, so that a coherent overall appearance would emerge, as if constructed as such from its very beginnings.
The hall was given a new main entrance on St. Jakobs-Strasse and a spacious outdoor area. The street level was guided into the building via the newly created plaza. The generous roof emphasises the public function of the building, so that visitors can be received with dignity. On the outside, the roof created a sheltered vestibule outside and an enlarged foyer inside, providing logical access to all functions of the venue.
The project competition of the Building and Transport Department of the County of Basel-Stadt for the modernisation of the St. Jakobshalle called for a modern event hall on the one hand, and on the other hand, solutions were to be sought that would enable multifunctional use. The general planning team of Degelo Architekten AG, Basel, and Berrel Berrel Kräutler, Basel, convinced with their design «Giovanni» – a homage to the architect Giovanni Panozzo, who had once built the hall. It brings us full circle to the creation of St. Jakobshalle Basel. The building was given a generously designed new entrance area, for which the tower had to make way. The entrance area appears simple and elegant at the same time, and its modern appearance is a perfect complement to the new building. The main access to the venue is now at St. Jakobsstrasse, located directly opposite St. Jakobs Park Football Stadium.
Hall of Fame
The foundations for a successful future: We can rely on over 45 years of experience in the concert, event and sports sector.
Since its completion, St. Jakobshalle Basel has been the venue for major events with an impact far beyond the country’s borders. Carlos Santana made start on the 8th of October 1975. From then on, the very top of national and international stars regularly came to Basel to play. Queen, Tina Turner, Dire Straits, Elton John, Johnny Cash or Muse – and countless other top acts have already performed in this arena.
St. Jakobshalle Basel is also proud to have hosted numerous major productions in the event sector. The Cirque du Soleil ensemble, the Dalai Lama, David Copperfield and the TV show «Wetten, dass…» all made guest appearances in Basel, just to name a few. Additionally, and because the arena also offers ideal conditions for major sporting events, Swiss Indoors, CSI Basel (from 2022 Longines CHI Classics Show Jumping & Dressage), and the Night of the Jumps, are regular guests amongst many others.
1975 Santana | Earth, Wind & Fire | Swiss Indoors
1976 Rory Gallagher | Scorpions | Sailor | Wishbone Ash | Swiss Indoors
1977 Queen | Supertramp | Udo Lindenberg | Swiss Indoors
1978 Joan Baez | Swiss Indoors
1979 Manfred Mann’s Earth Band | Boston | Holiday on Ice | Swiss Indoors
1980 Johnny Cash | Roxy Music | Iron Maiden | KISS | Swiss Indoors
1981 Bob Dylan | Swiss Indoors
1982 Elton John | Neil Young | Toto | Asia | Foreigner | Peter Maffay | Swiss Indoors
1983 Eric Clapton | Wetten, dass..? | Johnny Hallyday | Joan Armatrading | Nazareth | Nena | John Mavall & the Bluesbreakers | Whitesnake | Meat Loaf | KISS | Kim Wilde | Gianna Nannini | Swiss Indoors
1984 Depeche Mode | Status Quo | Mike Oldfield | Mötley Crüe | Iron Maiden | Chris de Burgh | Swiss Indoors
1985 Tina Turner | Dire Straits | Frankie Goes to Hollywood | Krokus | Wetten, dass..? | Nena | Swiss Indoors
1986 Elton John | Wetten, dass..? | Vasco Rossi | Harlem Globetrotters | Swiss Indoors | Handball-WM Herren
1987 Bob Dylan | Tom Petty | Peter Gabriel | Youssou N’Dour | Hair | Swiss Indoors
1988 Whitney Houston | Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors | Davis Cup Schweiz-Frankreich | Spanische Hofreitschule Wien | Jesus Christ Superstar
1989 Wetten, dass..? | Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe | Swiss Indoors
1990 Swiss Indoors
1991 Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors | Placido Domingo
1992 Joe Cocker | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors
1993 Musikantenstadl | Swiss Indoors
1994 Swiss Indoors
1995 Smokie | Showaddywaddy | The Searchers | Sailor | Suzi Quatro | Harpo | Chubby | Pur | The Kelly Family | Udo Jürgens | Aida | David Copperfield | José Carreras | Swiss Indoors
1996 Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors
1997 The Kelly Family | Swiss Indoors
1998 Eishockey WM | Herbert Grönemeyer | Swiss Indoors
1999 Alanis Morissette | Swiss Indoors
2000 Pet Shop Boys | Puff Daddy | DJ BoBo | Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors
2001 Swiss Indoors
2002 Alanis Morissette | Swiss Indoors
2003 Swiss Indoors
2004 Bryan Adams | Rammstein | Beastie Boys | Udo Jürgens | Kastelruther Spatzen | Usher | Böhse Onkelz | Anastacia | James Last | Swiss Indoors | Andy Hug Memorial K-1
2005 R.E.M | Green Day | Kylie Minogue | Joe Cocker | Marylin Manson | Avril Lavigne | Die Fantastischen Vier | Mark Knopfler | Queen & Paul Rodgers | DJ BoBo | John Fogerty | Laura Pausini | Kastelruther Spatzen | Swiss Indoors
2006 David Copperfield | Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals | Kastelruther Spatzen | Swiss Indoors
2007 Rihanna | Meat Loaf | Wetten, dass..? | Swiss Indoors
2008 Linkin Park | Iron Maiden | James Blunt | Deep Purple | Swiss Indoors
2009 Bob Dylan | Rammstein | Flippers | Nightwish | Swiss Indoors
2010 Eric Clapton | Steve Winwood | Helene Fischer | Nickelback | Leonard Cohen | A-ha | David Garrett | Thirty Seconds to Mars | Swiss Indoors | Masters of Hardcore | Sonisphere | Mika | Airbourne | Sean Paul
2011 Jovanotti | James Blunt | Volbeat | Swiss Indoors | Michael Mittermeier | Kaya Yanar | Manowar | Sonisphere | Unheilig
2012 Muse | Guns N’ Roses | Marilyn Manson | Die Toten Hosen | Helene Fischer | DJ BoBo | David Garrett | Snow Patrol | Mötley Crüe | Gossip | Chris Brown | Swiss Indoors | Earshakerday
2013 Cirque du Soleil | Swiss Indoors | Queens of the Stone Age | Mario Barth | James Last | Bushido | Paul Kalkbrenner | Christmas Tattoo | Sigur Rós
2014 Bligg | DJ BoBo | Box EM | Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators | Swiss Indoors | Bülent Ceylan | Isle of Dreams | Sound of Hollywood | The Australian Pink Floyd Show
2015 Dalai Lama | Mötley Crüe | Manowar | Swiss Indoors | Fitness Expo | Nightwish | Cesar Millan | The Australian Pink Floyd Show | Söhne Mannheims
2016 Swiss Indoors | Curling-WM Herren | The Cure | Martin Rütter | Deichkind | Excalibur | Alter Bridge | Master Hall of Honor | We love MMA
2017 Die Toten Hosen | The XX | Swiss Indoors | Schwanensee | Bülent Ceylan | Christoph Maé | Sabaton
2018 Swiss Indoors | Degenfechten Junioren-Weltcup | Harry Styles | Thirty Seconds to Mars | Michel Sardou | Rock meets Classic | Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard | Andreas Gabalier | Christmas Tattoo
2019 Andrea Bocelli | Mumford & Sons | Swiss Indoors | Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
2020 Andrea Berg | The Kelly Family I CSI Basel I Art on Ice
2021 Yonex Swiss Open I European Artistic Gymnastics Championships I Night of the Jumps I Flashdance
2022 Yonex Swiss Open I Cavalluna Legend of the Desert I Ghost I Sascha Grammel I Carolin Kebekus
The Covid-19 Pandemic has revealed to us how important it is to unify and work together towards common goals. This is relevant for society as a whole as well as for the cultural and event scene. More than 350.000 people work in the Swiss entertainment industry and provide spectacular experiences to around six million visitors and fans each year. That is why St. Jakobshalle Basel supports the following associations as a member:
As the operator of the St. Jakobshalle, which acts as an event location, business partner and indirect employer, we take responsibility for the effects of our actions and practice a sustainable corporate strategy. We explain our specific measures in our sustainability concept.
fairpflichtet is the sustainability code of the German-speaking event industry. fairpflichtet members are all players in the industry who are committed to ecological, social and economic sustainability and who transparently document their commitment to fairpflichtet. Since 2023, the St. Jakobshalle Basel has been part of fairpflichtet.