Blue Water Arena

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Blue Water Arena
Blue water arena esbjerg.jpg
Former names Esbjerg Idrætspark (and Esbjerg Stadion) (1955–2007)
Location Gl. Vardevej 62
6700 Esbjerg
Coordinates 55°28′55″N 8°26′22″E / 55.481985°N 8.43941°E / 55.481985; 8.43941
Built 1955
Opened 1955
Renovated 1999, 2004, 2009
Owner Esbjerg Municipality
Operator Sport & Event Park Esbjerg
Surface Grass
Construction cost 105,000,000 DKK[nb 1]
Architect Friis & Moltke[nb 1]
Structural engineer Grontmij Carl Bro[nb 1]
General contractor Davidsen Partnere[nb 1]
Capacity 18,000 (11,451 seats) (Danish matches)
12,100 (International matches)
Record attendance 22,000 (Esbjerg fB vs. KB, 1961)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Tenants
Esbjerg fB (Danish Superliga) (1955–present)
European Youth Olympic Festival (1999)

Blue Water Arena (former Esbjerg Idrætspark and Esbjerg Stadion) is a football stadium located in Idrætsparken Gl. Vardevej, Esbjerg, Denmark and is the home ground of Esbjerg fB. It has a capacity of 18,000 of which 11,451 is seated. It is currently the second biggest stadium in Jutland, and the fourth biggest in Denmark.

In 1999, the stadium was venue of the football tournament at the European Youth Olympic Festival.

On account of the 2008 UEFA qualifier fan attack resulting in the forbidding of play of UEFA qualifier matches for Denmark within 250 km of Copenhagen, the Blue Water Arena was mentioned as the only possible venue within Denmark in which Denmark UEFA qualifier home games can be held as it is the biggest stadium in the country more than 250 km from Copenhagen. UEFA later changed the verdict, and on July 9 2007 the Danish Football Association announced that the games against Spain and Liechtenstein would be played in Århus and the games against Latvia and Iceland would be played in Copenhagen.

National games[edit]

Blue Water Arena has twice been used as home ground for the Danish national team. Further it has been venue of several youth national matches:[1]

Date Home team Res. Away team Competition Spectators
22 June 1952 Denmark U-21 3–2 Sweden U-21 Friendly match 6,600
10 October 1954 Denmark B 1–2 Sweden B Friendly match 15,467
19 May 1956 Denmark U-19 1–2 England U-19 Friendly match 5,000
5 November 1961 Denmark U-21 0–0 Poland U-21 Friendly match 5,800
21 June 1966 Denmark 1–3 Portugal Friendly match 14,500
26 May 1969 Denmark U-21 0–3 Switzerland U-21 Friendly match 4,500
14 November 1972 Denmark U-23 0–2 Poland U-23 1974 UEFA European Under-23 Football Championship qualifying 1,100
4 September 1974 Denmark U-21 2–2 Belgium U-21 Friendly match 2,000
31 October 1979 Denmark U-18 1–3 England U-18 1980 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship qualifying ?
13 April 1994 Denmark U-17 4–1 Austria U-17 Friendly match ?
13 July 1999 Denmark U-16 3–2 Rep. of Ireland U-16 1999 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival ?
14 July 1999 Denmark U-16 0–2 Switzerland U-16 1999 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival ?
15 July 1999 Denmark U-16 2–1 Iceland U-16 1999 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival ?
14 November 2009 Denmark 0–0 South Korea Friendly match 15,789
15 November 2011 Denmark 2–1 Finland Friendly match 14,137

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 2009 renovation

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Landsholdsdatabasen" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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