Hans Hurni (football official)

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Jean-Louis "Hans" Hurni (born June 28, 1926 in Echallens ; † December 6, 2017 in Gossau ) was a Swiss banker and football official.


In Vaud born Echallens, Hurni grew up with his grandparents in the poorest circumstances after his father died shortly after his birth. He moved to Basel with his grandparents in 1933. He financed his attendance at a business school by working at night. He then completed a commercial apprenticeship and a law degree.

Before he moved from Basel to eastern Switzerland in 1963, he was mostly employed by banks, and he was also temporarily the editor of a Geneva financial newspaper. In St. Gallen, he was initially a legal advisor at the St. Galler Kantonalbank before becoming the bank's central director in 1973. As a director, he focused on computer science and training. He introduced the Federal Commission for Banking Examinations and an IT cooperation between the cantonal banks. He also initiated the construction of the new headquarters. In 1991 he retired.

In addition, from 1986 to 1996 he was President of the St. Gallen Tourist Office (today “St.Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus”).

After his retirement in 1991, he came to football through his neighbor, Eugen Mätzler, a former player and official of FC St. Gallen . At Mätzler's suggestion, Hurni, together with other people, prevented the bankruptcy of FC St. Gallens, which was owed 3.5 million francs at that time. As a result, Hurni was president of the football club from 1993 to 1996.

In 1996 he was asked by Thomas Müller to take the lead in building a new stadium to replace the Espenmoos . In 1999 he became President of Stadion St. Gallen AG. With the opening of the AFG Arena and the associated shopping center in 2008, he resigned from his position. Because of this task he has since been referred to as the “stadium father” by FC St. Gallen and the St. Galler Tagblatt .

He was involved in the construction of the Radisson SAS Hotel (today “Radisson Blu”) and the associated casino in St. Gallen. Coming from St. Georgen, he lived in a suite on the 9th floor of the Radisson Blus from 2007 to October 2016, before moving to a nursing home in Gossau due to old age, where he died.


He was married to Dorli. Her fate was close to him: she grew up in the Jura and worked in a watch factory. She fought the headache caused by the precision work with Saridon , which led to dialysis and an early death. You left a son, Roland.


  • Liana Ruckstühl 2011: Hans Hurni. From telegram messenger to stadium father. St. Gallen: Typotron AG. ISBN 978-3-908151-60-9 .

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Hans Hurni sometimes domestic, sometimes brisk . In: St.Galler Tagblatt . March 7, 2005 ( archive.org [accessed December 13, 2017]).
  2. Date according to the obituary notice in the St. Galler Tagblatt dated December 9, 2017, written by his family.
  3. a b c René Rödiger: "Stadium father" Hans Hurni is dead . In: St.Galler Tagblatt . December 7, 2017 ( tagblatt.ch [accessed December 13, 2017]).
  4. a b c d e Josef Osterwalder: Optimism as a companion . In: St.Galler Tagblatt . July 18, 2011 ( tagblatt.ch [accessed December 13, 2017]).
  5. The St.Gallen stadium father is no longer. St. Galler Nachrichten, accessed on December 13, 2017 .
  6. Some information according to the obituary notice in the St. Galler Tagblatt of December 13, 2017, written by St. Galler Kantonalbank AG.
  7. Marcel Elsener: Hans Hurni: The St.Gallen stadium father who came from Basel . In: St.Galler Tagblatt . December 7, 2017 ( tagblatt.ch [accessed December 13, 2017]).
  8. David Gadze: The stadium father moves on . In: St.Galler Tagblatt . March 26, 2017 ( tagblatt.ch [accessed December 13, 2017]).