Stadion (The Stadium)
|Full name||Stockholms Olympiastadion|
|Capacity||14,417 (Concerts: 33,000)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||1 June 1912|
|Djurgårdens IF (1936–2013)|
Djurgårdens IF (women) (2015–)
Stockholm Olympic Stadium (Swedish: Stockholms Olympiastadion), most often called Stockholms stadion or (especially locally) simply Stadion, is a stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. Designed by architect Torben Grut, it was opened in 1912; its original use was as a venue for the 1912 Olympic Games. At the 1912 Games, it hosted athletics, some equestrian and football matches, gymnastics, the running part of the modern pentathlon, tug of war, and wrestling events. It has a capacity of 13,145–14,500 depending on usage and a capacity of nearly 33,000 for concerts.
The Stadium was the home ground for association football team Djurgårdens IF for many decades, until the more modern Tele2 Arena was inaugurated in 2013. Djurgårdens IF still has offices in the Stadium building.
In 1956, when Melbourne hosted the Olympics, the equestrian competitions were held here due to quarantine rules in Australia. In 1958 the stadium was the venue of the European Athletics Championships. Finland-Sweden athletics international has been held here 29 times. The annual Stockholm Marathon finishes with a three quarter lap around the tracks of the stadium. Since 1967 the stadium has been the venue of the annual international athletics meeting DN Galan, from 2011 part of Diamond League. Originally, the north-east stand had two levels, increasing the capacity to about 20,000. After the Olympics, it was reduced to one level.
The Metro station Stadion was opened in 1973.
In 1985, Bethany College head coach and future College Football Hall of Fame member Ted Kessinger brought the first American football team to play in Sweden. The Bethany "Terrible Swedes" defeated the Swedish all-star team 72–7.
It is one of the smallest athletics stadiums ever used in a Summer Olympic Games.
Stockholm's stadium has seen more athletics world records broken than any other stadium in the world, with a total of 83 as of 2008.
In 1995, The Rolling Stones performed at the stadium in front of 35,200 people.
Kiss sold out the stadium, by selling all 32,500 tickets in less than 20 minutes, during their 2008 World Tour. Kiss also played 2 nights at this stadium during their 1996–97 reunion tour Alive/Worldwide.
Bruce Springsteen has performed at the stadium no less than eight times. Twice in 1988, once 1993, twice in 1999 and again in 2009 playing three sold-out shows to approximately 100.000 people.
AC/DC performed at the stadium on 3 June 2010 in front of 32,768 people
Stockholms Olympiastadion as seen from the south at the opening of the 1912 Summer Olympics. For the Games, the capacity was 20.000.
Western view of the stadium
Northern view of the stadium
Eastern view of the stadium
- 1912 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2008-04-10 at the Wayback Machine pp. 168–211.
- 1956 Summer Olympics official equestrian report. Archived 2018-12-25 at the Wayback Machine pp. 40–1. (in English and Swedish)
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