Marienlyst Stadion

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Marienlyst
Gamle Gress
Marienlyst stadion.jpg
Former names Marienlyst Stadion
Location Drammen, Norway
Coordinates 59°44′03.81″N 10°12′04.80″E / 59.7343917°N 10.2013333°E / 59.7343917; 10.2013333Coordinates: 59°44′03.81″N 10°12′04.80″E / 59.7343917°N 10.2013333°E / 59.7343917; 10.2013333
Owner Drammen Municipality
Operator Drammen Municipality
Capacity 8,935
Record attendance 17,300 (1947)
Field size 106 × 68 m
Surface Artificial grass
Construction
Broke ground 1923
Opened 1924
Tenants
Strømsgodset IF (1967–present)
SBK Drafn (1924–present)
1952 Winter Olympics
1987 European Competition for Women's Football

Marienlyst Stadion has been the home ground of Strømsgodset IF since 1967. It's located on Marienlyst in Drammen.

The pitch was opened in 1924, and was the home ground of Drafn, Skiold and Drammens BK. The final of the 1932 Norwegian Football Cup, between Fredrikstad and Ørn was played at Marienlyst.[1] During the 1952 Winter Olympics in neighboring Oslo, the venue hosted two ice hockey matches. The venue hosted the Norwegian Athletics Championships in 1962 and 2001.[2] The Norway national under-21 football team has played eighteen games Marienlyst, making it their most-used venue. The first U-21 match was played in 1981.[3]

After a rebuild of the south end in 2014, and installation of safe standing seats,[4] the stadium has a capacity of 8,935. When using the seats, the capacity is 8,060.[5] The rebuild was done to ensure that the stadium would fulfill UEFA's regulations for a Category 4 stadium,[6][7] which can be used for all Champions League or Europa League matches except the final.[8][9]

The record attendance is 17,300 when Mjøndalen met Viking in the semifinal of the 1947 Norwegian Football Cup. Strømsgodset's record attendance is from 22 May 1969, when 16,687 people attended the home match against Rosenborg.[10]

The grass was removed in November 2007 to make way for artificial ice surface for winter sports, and artificial grass for summer sports. A new stadium was planned, but the project was abandoned due to financial difficulties. There are new plans to expand and rebuild the main stand. In a 2012 survey carried out by the Norwegian Players' Association among away-team captains, Marienlyst was ranked third-worst amongst league stadiums, with a score of 2.13 on a scale from one to five.[11] This was mainly due to the worn-out artificial turf, which was replaced in the summer of 2013.

The Gamle Gress (old Turf) is part of a sport complex, with the adjacent bandy field (artificial ice) and the athletics stadium next door as well as the sports hall for indoor athletics and handball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cup final in Drammen, October 16". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Main Championships Men" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Athletics Association. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Norge Menn U21" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.fercoseating.co.uk/railseat-projects/marienlyst-stadium-drammen.html
  5. ^ "Klokkesvingen klar" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations Edition 2010". http://www.uefa.org/. UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Her er stadionkravene kommunen må oppfylle". http://www.dt.no/ (in Norwegian). Drammens Tidene. 14 Nov 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League, 2014/15 competition". http://www.uefa.org/. UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League, 2014/15 competition". http://www.uefa.org/. UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Lie, Børre Ivar (21 June 2012). "Mjøndalen har rekorden på "Gamle Gress"" (in Norwegian). Drammens Tidende. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lerkendal nest beste fotballbane" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.