Råsunda Stadium

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Råsunda
Råsunda February 2013 01.jpg
Råsunda Stadium during demolition in February 2013
Full name Råsunda Fotbollstadion
Location Solna Municipality, Stockholms län, Sweden
Coordinates Coordinates: 59°21′45.87″N 17°59′46.71″E / 59.3627417°N 17.9963083°E / 59.3627417; 17.9963083
Owner Swedish Football Association
Capacity 36,608[1]
Record attendance 52,943
Field size 105 x 68 m
Construction
Built ?–1937
Opened 17 May 1937
Renovated 1985
Expanded 1958
Closed 2012
Demolished 2013
Architect Birger Borgström
Sven Ivar Lind
Tenants
Sweden national football team (1937–2012)
AIK (1937–2012)

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, also known as Råsundastadion, Råsunda Stadium or just Råsunda, was the former Swedish national football stadium. It was located in Solna Municipality in Stockholm and named after the district in Solna where it is located. In November 2012 it was closed down and replaced by the newly built Friends Arena about 1 km from Råsunda Stadium. Flats and offices will be built on the old ground.

History[edit]

It was opened in 1937 although there had already existed stadiums at the site; the earliest opened in 1910.[2] The inaugural match took place on 18 April 1937 when AIK played against Malmö FF, AIK won the match 4–0.[3] Råsunda has a capacity of 35,000–36,608 depending on usage.[4] The 1910 stadium hosted some of the football and some of the shooting events at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[5] The stadium was the home stadium for AIK, and was used for many derbies between Stockholm clubs. It also hosted the headquarters of the Swedish Football Association, and staged 75% of the home matches of the national football team each year, with most other matches being played at Ullevi in Gothenburg. These two stadiums are UEFA 4-star rated football stadiums.[citation needed]

The record attendance was 52,943 and was set on 26 September 1965, when Sweden played West Germany. West Germany won the match 2-1.

The last major concert held at the stadium was on 7 June 1986, when British rock band Queen kicked off their final tour, the Magic Tour, at Råsunda. That night Queen played to about 37,500 fans.

Råsunda was the first of two stadiums to have hosted the World Cup finals for both men and women. It hosted the men's final in the 1958 World Cup and the women's final in the 1995 Women's World Cup. The other stadium with this honor is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA (men in 1994 World Cup, women in 1999 Women's World Cup).

On 1 April 2006, the Swedish Football Association announced a plan to switch to a new stadium to be built in Solna. The new arena was completed and ready for sporting events in 2012, and the Råsunda Stadium will be subsequently demolished. The new stadium has a capacity for 50,000 spectators. The name of the new arena is Friends Arena - Swedbank bought the name for 150 million SEK but decided to name it in support of non profit organization Friends in 2012.[6]

The last event held at the Råsunda Stadium has been the Europa League's match AIK-S.S.C. Napoli, played on 22 November 2012, finished 1-2. Edinson Cavani scored the last goal which closed the glorious history of the stadium.

Fabege AB and Peab AB signed an agreement to acquire Råsunda Football Stadium and existing office buildings from the Swedish Football Association on 11 December 2009. All activities on the arena remained until Friends Arena stood finished.[7]

References[edit]

http://www.fastighetssverige.se/artikel/sa-har-blir-nya-rasunda-10654/

External links[edit]

Media related to Råsunda Stadium at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Wankdorf Stadium
Bern
FIFA World Cup
Final Venue

1958
Succeeded by
Estadio Nacional
Santiago
Preceded by
Tianhe Stadium
Guangzhou
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

1995
Succeeded by
Rose Bowl
Pasadena
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1998
Succeeded by
Villa Park
Birmingham