Olympia (Helsingborg)

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Olympia
Olympia
Full name Olympia
Capacity 16,673–
17,200
Field size 105 x 68 m
Construction
Built ?–1898
Opened 1898
Tenants
Helsingborgs IF
Ängelholms FF (2014)

Olympia, sometimes referred to as Olympiastadion (English: Olympic Stadium), is a football stadium in Helsingborg, Sweden. It was opened in 1898, but has been rebuilt both 1993 and 1997, and has a capacity of 17,200 (9,673 seated and about 7,500 ground attendance stands). All stands can be converted into seaters, giving a capacity of around 13,000).

On October 22nd 2014 the Helsingborg City Council, who owns Olympia, unanimously voted to renovate and rebuild the stadium. The construction will start after the 2014 Allsvenskan season and will be finished in early to mid 2017.[1] . This will be the fourth updating of the arena since 1985. Before 1985 the arena was in a dreadful state with athletic running tracks, wooden stands, and a very poor lighting system.

The name of this arena has no actual connection to the Olympic Games, but since the modern Olympic's started in 1896 and Olymipa was opened two years later, it seems a possible thought that the name was influenced by the at the time renewed Olympic Games.

The record for attendance is 26,154 and was set 14 May 1954, when Helsingborgs IF played Malmö FF.

In 1958 the stadium hosted two FIFA World Cup matches, and seven matches in FIFA Women's World Cup 1995.

At the Helsingborgs IF matches Hey Jude by The Beatles is played during halftime and when Helsingborgs IF win a game What a Beautiful Day by The Levellers is played.


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Coordinates: 56°02′58″N 12°42′25″E / 56.04944°N 12.70694°E / 56.04944; 12.70694

  1. ^ http://www.hif.se/Article.aspx?id=326f49e4-f879-4b7f-800e-0e9fcb5ef7f7