Örjans Vall

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Örjans Vall
Örjan.JPG
Full name Örjans Vall
Former names Halmstads Idrottsplats
(July–August 1922)
Location Halmstad, Sweden
Coordinates 56°41′03″N 12°51′59″E / 56.68417°N 12.86639°E / 56.68417; 12.86639Coordinates: 56°41′03″N 12°51′59″E / 56.68417°N 12.86639°E / 56.68417; 12.86639
Owner Halmstad Municipality
Operator Halmstad Municipality
Capacity
15,500
Field size
105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1922
Opened 30 July 1922
Renovated 1972
Tenants
Halmstads BK and IS Halmia
A game between Gefle IF and Halmstads BK.

Örjans Vall is a football stadium in Halmstad, Sweden, built in 1922.

History[edit]

It was finished on 30 July 1922 and was then named Halmstads Idrottsplats (eng: Halmstad's Sports Ground), it was opened by HRH The Crown Prince of Sweden Gustaf Adolf, later king of Sweden, 12 000 people had been allowed entrance to see the opening, several thousands more had gathered outside the fence and on Galgberget. In August 1922 the name of the arena changed to Örjans Vall after a medieval hospital by the name of S:t Örjans that had earlier been on the same location. On 3 September 1922 the first football game was played there. Örjans Vall has been used for many different sports over the years, the football field was surrounded by running tracks, until the 1980s, and was the main site for the local athletic clubs. In the winter of 1956, due to very cold weather, the running tracks were covered with water freezing into a skating rink, Sigvard "Sigge" Ericsson, who had won one gold and one silver medal in the recent 1956 Winter Olympics, participated. In 1972 the present day main-stand and scoreboard was completed, replacing the original wooden constructions from 1922.

The record for most spectators during a match is held by IS Halmia, in 1962 when Halmia played a qualification match against Landskrona BoIS, 20,381 spectators turned up to see the match.

In 2004 when Gyllene Tider celebrated 25 years, by starting and ending their national tour on Örjans Vall.[1][2]

International tournaments[edit]

Örjans Vall have been used for a number of different international tournaments held in Sweden.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 1958 FIFA World Cup

Sweden was selected to host the 1958 FIFA World Cup, among the cities chosen to host the World Cup was Halmstad. Örjans Vall came to host two games of Group 1.

8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Northern Ireland  1 – 0  Czechoslovakia
Cush Goal 21' Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 10,647
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Argentina  3 – 1  Northern Ireland
Corbatta Goal 37' (pen.)
Menéndez Goal 56'
Avio Goal 60'
Report McParland Goal 4'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 14,174
Referee: Ahlner (Sweden)

UEFA Under-21 European Championship[edit]

The 2009 U21 European Championship, which was played in Sweden, was originally meant to be played at Gamla Ullevi in Göteborg, Olympia in Helsingborg, Swedbank Stadion in Malmö, and Borås Arena in Borås, however Borås Arena have a Max Hamburgers restaurant on the arena area, which caused legal problem since the tournament is sponsored by McDonald's,[3] for some time it appeared that the Max restaurant would be closed during the tournament,[4] however Max refused later to close its restaurant[5] and the competition was forced to move elsewhere and Örjans Vall in Halmstad was chosen as replacement for Borås.[6]

Örjans Vall was used for 3 games in the tournament in group B.

15 June 2009
18:15
England  2 – 1  Finland
Cattermole Goal 15'
Richards Goal 53'
Report Sparv Goal 33' (pen.)
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 6,828
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

18 June 2009
18:15
Germany  2 – 0  Finland
Höwedes Goal 59'
Dejagah Goal 61'
Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 6,011
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

22 June 2009
20:45
Germany  1 – 1  England
Castro Goal 5' Report Rodwell Goal 30'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,414
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

UEFA Women's Euro[edit]

Örjans Vall was selected as one of seven stadiums to host the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 held in Sweden. The stadium was host to three group stage matches in the Group A and one of the quarter-finals.

Group A[edit]

10 July 2013
18:00
Italy  0–0  Finland
Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 3,011
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)

13 July 2013
18:00
Italy  2–1  Denmark
Gabbiadini Goal 55'
Mauro Goal 60'
Report Brogaard Goal 66'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 2,190
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

16 July 2013
20:30
Sweden  3–1  Italy
Manieri Goal 47' (o.g.)
Schelin Goal 49'
Öqvist Goal 57'
Report Gabbiadini Goal 78'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,288
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)

Quarter-Final[edit]

21 July 2013
15:00
Sweden  4–0  Iceland
M. Hammarström Goal 3'
Öqvist Goal 14'
Schelin Goal 19'59'
Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 7,468
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (Finland)

Demand for a new stadium[edit]

In recent years HBK supporters have started to demand a new stadium, as the club have reached international competitions, but are not allowed to play on Örjans Vall due to security restrictions, they have instead been forced to play at Ullevi in Göteborg or Olympia in Helsingborg.[7]

Temporary 2008 chairman Birgitta Johansson stated that a new stadium should be ready at the earliest in 2011–2012.[8]

In September 2008 a decision to build a new stadium was reached by the local authorities, the new stadium would be placed at Sannarp's recreation ground and Örjans Vall will be demolished and replaced by apartments, the new arena is planned to be complete 2012,[9] however on 5 May 2009 it was announced that there would not be a new arena as the Alliance city council announced its budget proposition.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gessle: Jag måste ha en egen loge" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 2004-08-21. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Gyllene Tider firar 25 år på Sundsvall Park Arena!" (in Swedish). Sundsvall.nu. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Uefa vill stänga Max - har McDonald's som sponsor" (in Swedish). svd.se. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Max viker sig för Uefas krav" (in Swedish). svd.se. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Hamburgerbråk stoppar U21-EM-spel i Borås" (in Swedish). di.se. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Halmstad tar U21-EM från Borås" (in Swedish). bt.se. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Halmstad vill ha ny arena" (in Swedish). Expressen.se. 2006-12-23. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Ny arena i Halmstad tidigast 2011" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen.se. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  9. ^ "Ett nytt kapitel i arenafrågan" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Ingen ny arena i Halmstad" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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