UEFA's administrative headquarters are situated in the town of Nyon on the banks of Lake Geneva in western Switzerland, and comprises a football campus of three buildings, as well as the Colovray Stadium.
The main administration building, the House of European Football, was inaugurated on 22 September 1999 and officially opened for work on 5 October 1999.
UEFA had known several homes before the House of European Football – Paris until 1959; the Swiss federal capital, Berne (until 1995, with two moves within the city in 1962 and 1974); and provisional offices in the Providentia insurance building in Nyon between 1995 and September 1999.
After deciding to move from Berne in April 1993, UEFA and the Nyon municipal authorities signed the commitment to buy and sell the plot of land, 'La Colline', in July 1993, and Nyon commune council authorised the sale of the land to UEFA three months later. Late 1996 saw initial preparations, construction work – involving many local companies – began the following February, and the then UEFA president Lennart Johansson laid the foundation stone in a special ceremony on 18 April 1997.
While UEFA has continued to grow rapidly, both in terms of activities and staff, facilities at the building also considered UEFA's further expansion in the future, with conference rooms equipped with simultaneous translation facilities and a restaurant included in the new complex. The offices are situated on the two upper floors of the building. In addition, the superstructures house another three conference rooms, and the car park provides space for 100 vehicles.
UEFA's headquarters have continued to expand and keep pace with the development of European football. In October 2010, a second administrative building was inaugurated in Nyon, at a ceremony attended by UEFA's member national associations and the UEFA Executive Committee. The La Clairière building is located opposite the House of European Football, and has enabled UEFA to bring together some of its staff members who have been based at different sites.
Circular in shape, the new four-level building meets high ecological and environmental standards. The foundation stone for the building was laid in January 2009. A third UEFA building, Bois-Bougy – also built with environmental considerations in mind – opened for business in March 2012.
In April 2010, UEFA highlighted its commitment to its home town of Nyon and further developing European football by taking over the management of the Colovray Stadium opposite UEFA's headquarters. The stadium includes a main football pitch – which has been used for training by club and national teams – as well as track and field facilities and a restaurant. UEFA uses the Colovray complex for its own events, and has also set up a Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) for young match officials. Sporting life in Nyon is flourishing as local clubs and sports associations take advantage of the facilities.
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