Parken Stadium

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Coordinates: 55°42′08.89″N 12°34′19.93″E / 55.7024694°N 12.5722028°E / 55.7024694; 12.5722028

Parken
Parken 1.jpg
Location P.H. Lings Allé 2
DK-2100 Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Broke ground 1990
Opened 9 September 1992
Renovated 2009
Owner Parken Sport & Entertainment
Operator F.C. København & Stadion
Surface Grass
Construction cost 640,000,000 DKK
(85,300,000 )
Architect Gert Andersson
Capacity 38,065 (allseater)[1]
Record attendance 42,099 (Denmark-Greece, 8 October 2005)
Field size 105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)
Tenants
F.C. Copenhagen (Danish Superliga) (1992–present)
Denmark national football team (1992-present)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final (1994)
UEFA Cup Final (2000)
Eurovision Song Contest (2001)

Parken Stadium (officially written 'PARKEN') (English: the Park) is a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990–1992. It currently has a capacity of 38,065 for football games, and is the home ground of FC Copenhagen and the Denmark national football team. The capacity for concerts exceeds the capacity for matches – the stadium can hold as many as 50,000 people with an end-stage setup and 55,000 with a center-stage setup.

History[edit]

Parken Stadium field

Parken was built on the site of former Denmark national stadium, Idrætsparken, from 1990 to 1992. The last national team match in Idrætsparken was a 0–2 Euro 1992 qualification loss to Yugoslavia on 14 November 1990, and on 9 September 1992 Parken was opened with a 1–2 defeat in a friendly game against Germany.

The stadium was rebuilt by investors Baltica Finans A/S in turn of the guarantee from the Danish Football Association, that all national matches would be played at Parken for 15 years. The re-construction, tore down and re-built three of the original four stands, cost 640 million Danish kroner.

In 1998, Baltica Finans sold the stadium to F.C. Copenhagen for 138 million DKK, and the club now owns both the stadium and the adjacent office buildings in the company of Parken Sport & Entertainment.

Parken was included in UEFA's list of 4-star stadiums in the Autumn of 1993, making Parken eligible for hosting the finals of the Europa League (then named UEFA Cup) as well as the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup. Being a 4-star stadium, Parken can not apply for the biggest European club game, the UEFA Champions League final, as that demands 50,000 seats.

On 2 June 2007, Parken was the venue for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.

Notable matches[edit]

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Competition Attendance Remarks
9 September 1992 Denmark Denmark 1–2 Germany Germany Friendly match 40,500 Opening match
4 May 1994 England Arsenal 1–0 Italy Parma 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final 33,765
17 May 2000 Turkey Galatasaray 0–0
(p4-1)
England Arsenal 2000 UEFA Cup Final 38,919
8 October 2005 Denmark Denmark 1–0 Greece Greece 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 2 42,099 Stadium attendance record
6 April 2006 Denmark F.C. Copenhagen 1–0 Norway Lillestrøm 2006 Royal League Final 13,617
30 April 2006 Denmark F.C. Copenhagen 0–0 Denmark Brøndby Danish Superliga 2005–06 41,201 League and club attendance record
2 June 2007 Denmark Denmark 0-3 Sweden Sweden UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group F 42,083 Referee attacked
21 May 2011 Denmark AG København 30-21 Denmark Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 2011 Danish Handball League Final 36,651 World record attendance at an indoor handball match
20 April 2012 Denmark AG København 29-23 Spain FC Barcelona 2011–12 EHF Champions League Quarterfinal 21,293 The highest-ever attendance at a VELUX EHF Champions League match

Concert venue[edit]

Parken is also used as a concert venue, and hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. As a direct consequence of this, and to make Parken a more useful venue in general, a retractable roof was applied to the existing structure.

Once a year, the TV channel TV 2 Zulu organizes a big concert, Zulu Rocks.

Musicians like Whitney Houston, Take That, Pink, Madonna, Britney Spears, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Tiesto, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi, The Black Eyed Peas, Pet Shop Boys, Kashmir, Pharrell, Mew, Robbie Williams, George Michael, R.E.M., Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Michael Jackson have performed at Parken.

The biggest concert ever held in Parken was a performance by Michael Jackson on 14 August 1997, during his HIStory tour, with 60,000 tickets sold.

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Preceded by
Wembley Stadium
London
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Final Venue

1994
Succeeded by
Parc des Princes
Paris
Preceded by
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
UEFA Cup
Final Venue

2000
Succeeded by
Westfalenstadion
Dortmund
Preceded by
Globe Arena
Stockholm
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

2001
Succeeded by
Saku Suurhall
Tallinn