Brøndby Stadium

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Brøndby Stadion
Vilfort Park
Brøndby stadium panorama.jpg
Full name Brøndby Stadion
Location Brøndby Stadion 8
2605 Brøndby
Coordinates 55°38′55.82″N 12°25′06.66″E / 55.6488389°N 12.4185167°E / 55.6488389; 12.4185167
Owner Brøndby IF
Capacity 29,000 (23,400 seats)
Record attendance 31,508 (Brøndby IF vs. F.C. Copenhagen, 18 June 2003)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1965
Opened 1965
Renovated 1999–2000
Expanded 1978, 1982, 1989, 1992, 2007
Tenants
Brøndby IF (Danish Superliga) (1965–present)

Brøndby Stadium (Danish: Brøndby Stadion) is the homeground of football club Brøndby IF, situated in the Greater Copenhagen area. It is referred to as Vilfort Park among Brøndby supporters, named after club legend Kim Vilfort.

History[edit]

The stadium was founded in 1965 as little more than a grass field with an athletics track circling the field of play. A main stand was not built until 1978, when a stand with the capacity of 1,200 seated spectators was taken into use. When Brøndby IF was promoted to the best Danish football league in 1982, concrete terraces opposite the main stand were constructed, allowing for a crowd of 5,000 additional people. From 1989 to 1990, the athletic track was discarded and a further 2,000 seats were installed on top of the concrete stands for a 10,000 total capacity.

The stadium was temporarily upgraded with scaffolding stands when Brøndby IF played in the European UEFA Cup 1990-91 tournament, which boosted the stadium capacity to 18,000 in the semi-final leg of the tournament. Following the European adventure, the club inaugurated its end stands in 1992, allowing for a total of 22,000 spectators.

Brøndby IF bought Brøndby Stadium from the Brøndby municipality in May 1998. Buying the stadium for 23,5 million DKK[1] the club spent the double amount to modernize the stadium. When the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League 1998-99, the stadium was still under construction and the games were moved to the Parken Stadium.

After a rebuilding in 2000–2001, the stadium capacity is now 29,000, and 22,000 at the European games which demand all-seated crowds. The rebuilt stadium was opened on 22 October 2000 with a 4–2 victory over Akademisk Boldklub, before a crowd of 28,416 spectators. Since then, the stadium has seen a number of lesser or larger infrastructural and technical enhancements, and the February 2004 European game against FC Barcelona was played in front of a 26,031 man all-seated crowd. The average attendance at Danish Superliga matches is 16,500, while the record was a 31,508 attendance for a match vs. main rivals FC København on June 18, 2003. In comparison, the two clubs have often met before crowds of 40,000 spectators at FC København's home ground, Parken.

Faxe Tribunen[edit]

A look outside Brøndby Stadium.

This section of the stadium is the only non-seater section. The most fanatical fans stand here and the section is renowned throughout Denmark because of the loud and devoted fans.

As of March 6, 2011, Faxe Tribunen's official name will be "Sydsiden" ("South Side"), The names "Faxe" is affiliated with the Danish brewing company Royal Unibrew, but due to a new sponsorship deal with another Danish brewing company Carlsberg, Faxe Tribunen couldn't continue as section name. The new name was chosen by a panel representing a broad section of the active fan base at Brøndby Stadium.[2]

Transportation[edit]

The easiest way of getting to the stadium with public transport is the S-tog or S-train. Line B (green) will stop at both Brøndbyøster and Glostrup, where there are shuttle buses at match days. One can also walk from the stations, the walk would take 15 minutes from Glostrup, and a few longer from Brøndbyøster.

National games[edit]

Brøndby Stadium has three times been used as home ground for the Danish national team. Further it has been venue of three youth national matches and a league national match:[3]

Date Home team Res. Away team Competition Spectators
11 September 1982 Denmark U-19 2–0 West Germany U-19 Friendly match ?
5 May 1984 Denmark U-19 0–1 East Germany U-19 Friendly match ?
19 November 1986 Denmark U-17 3–0 Cyprus U-17 1987 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship qualifying ?
6 March 2002 Denmark League XI 0–1 Norway League XI Non-official match ?
1 September 2006 Denmark 4–2 Portugal Friendly match 13,186
19 November 2008 Denmark 0–1 Wales Friendly match 10,271
12 August 2009 Denmark 1–2 Chile Friendly match 8,700

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Danish) Christian W. Larsen, "Brøndby får eget stadion", Aktuelt article, May 14, 1998
  2. ^ Faxe-tribunen bliver til Sydsiden
  3. ^ "Landsholdsdatabasen" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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