Landskrona IP

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Landskrona IP
I.P
Landskrona IP.JPG
Landskrona IP
Location Landskrona, Sweden
Opened July 20, 1924 (1924-07-20)
Capacity 11,000
Aerial view of Landskrona IP around the inauguration in 1924

Landskrona IP is a stadium in Landskrona, Sweden, used mainly for football. The stadium holds 11,000 people (3500 seats) and is the home stadium of Landskrona BoIS. Locally known as "I.P.," It was opened by the as of then Gustav VI Adolf, who at the time was Sweden's crown prince, in the summer of 1924.[1] It replaced the old sports ground Velocipedbanan or just Banan, where the pitch was in the middle of a simle cycking track.[2]

History[edit]

The south all-seater stand was built in 1973. Until 1990, the arena had running tracks for athletics. The record attendance of 18,535 was set in 1959.[3] Between the mid-1950s and the late 1970s, crowds of 15,000 were not uncommon, and even when Landskrona BoIS played in Sweden's second-tier league. In 1991, the northern stand was replaced by a new one, but it is still an uncovered stand of terrace type. Smaller wood terraces also were built behind both goals. In 2002 the eastern wooden terrace was replaced by a larger one of concrete, and the following year a concrete terrace stand was built behind the western goal. In 2002, a concrete terrace was build behind the eastern goal and a year later a similar concrete terrace was build by most of the short behind the western goal.[citation needed] By 2005, Landskrona BoIS proposed a reconstruction of all uncovered terraces and replacing the northern stand with an all-seater stand for 4,000 attendees.[citation needed]

During the 2011 season, the western terrace (built in 2003) was removed and an temporary building has prevented spectators from watch the game from that view ever since. During the autumn of 2013, the board and previous chairma Landskrona BoIS announced that the natural grass should be replaced with ground heating and artificial turf until the 2014 season. This caused a storm of protests from supporters of the club as well as others.[4][5] And in November 2013 the municipality council instead decided to invest in ground heating, but rejected the idea of artificial turf.[6]

Facilities[edit]

Apart from the stadium, the facility offers several other football pitches (the so-called B-pitch even has stands of terrace type for approx 6000 attenders), six tennis courts (currently only clay, but a grass court has previously existed), a modern athletic field, an indoor ice rink and an indoor arena for handball, basketball, table tennis and wrestling etc. Below the stadium's south stand, also an indoor 25-metre swimming pool and a so-called "adventure bath" are located. Everything is owned by Landskrona municipality and available for the public (for fees and within certain limitations).

The floodlight system produces a lighting of 823 lux[7] and consists of four 30-metre-high (98 ft) pillars and additional lights at the roof of the south stand. Some of the floodlight pillars fell down during a storm in the mid-1960s, a few years after they were built. Since then, the steel construction pillars have been reinforced by a system of long steel wires, at two levels (at approx. half their height and at the top) between each other in a rectangular pattern, and are anchored in huge blocks of concrete. They are currently (late summer 2013) the highest floodlight pillars used for football in Sweden.[citation needed]

1974 UEFA Youth tounament[edit]

This tornament for boys up to the age of 17 was hosted by southern Sweden (all games played in Scania or Blekinge). Two games were played at Landskrona IP. The Group D game, between Sweden and Portugal (which ended in a 1:0 Swedish victory) and one of the semi-finals was played at Landskrona IP. In the latter the former Yugoslavia defeated Greece 1:0.[8] All 4000 seats was sold and eaqualy splitted in two halves. But the approximately 14.000 ground attendance terraces were open for local residents only, and very few came this rainy day, 29 May 1974. The Yugoslavian goal, came late in the match. And the posse of police dogs was put in action.[9]

Faroe Islands[edit]

During the qualification for the Euro 1992, Faroe Islands participated for the first time in international football. A problem for them was that no UEFA approved grass pitch arena existed at this North Atlantic country. For unknown reasons Faroe Islands then chose Landskrona IP as their temporary home ground. Their first opponents were Austria, a team who were expected to win against this small nation, who were new to international football, but surprisingly Faroe Islands won their first ever competition game 1:0 "home" at Landskrona IP, on 12 September 1990.[10] This led to a fast decision, to build a usable home ground in Thorshavn within weeks. However UEFA decided that it would not be fair for the other national teams to have to play at the new stadium at Faroe Islands, hence another three international competition games were played at Landskrona IP, against Denmark, Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://hd.se/landskrona/2011/02/14/nodhjalpsarbete-byggde-landskrona/ "När folk väl intagit sina platser var det dags för dagens hedersgäster att anlända. Kronprins Gustaf Adolf och kronprinsessan Louise anlände i bil och hälsades välkomna av tillförordnade borgmästaren Johan Bjerstedt. Kronprisparet skrev sina namn på kalkstensplattor och visades sedan runt på området som redan då innehöll tennisbanor och näckrosdamm."
  2. ^ http://www.arkivet-landskrona.se/mbilder/mbild08.htm
  3. ^ Swedish, last row of the "Allmän information & statistik" headline " - "publikrekord på Idrottsplatsen är 18 535 åskådare och sattes i kvalmatchen mot Degerfors 1959." at http://www.landskronabois.com/klubben/historia/
  4. ^ September 2013 http://hd.se/landskrona/2013/09/24/supporteruppror-mot-konstgras-pa/
  5. ^ October 2013http://hd.se/landskrona/2013/10/13/bois-medlemmar-protesterar/
  6. ^ Entire part http://www.landskronadirekt.com/arkivet/nyheter/1343.htm#131021_4
  7. ^ Swedish,"belysning" means "lighting" http://svenskfotboll.se/superettan/information/?scr=venue&faid=66
  8. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/ec-u18-74.html
  9. ^ Swedish morning newspaper "Nordvästra Skånes Tidningar" 30th May 1974, page 1 and sport pages
  10. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=1992/matches/round=218/match=2963/index.html
  11. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=1992/matches/round=218/match=2963/index.html

Coordinates: 55°53′24″N 12°50′15″E / 55.889934°N 12.83761°E / 55.889934; 12.83761