Stockholm Olympic Stadium

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Stockholms Stadion
Stadion (The Stadium)
Stockholms Olympiastadion
Full name Stockholms Olympiastadion
Location Stockholm, Sweden
Built 1910–1912
Opened 1912
Owner Stockholm Municipality
Architect Torben Grut
Capacity 13,145–
14,500
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m
Tenants
Djurgårdens IF (1936-2013)
AIK (1912-1936)

Stockholms Olympiastadion, most often called Stockholms Stadion or just 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 the athletics, some of the equestrian, some of the football, gymnastics, the running part of the modern pentathlon, tug of war, and wrestling events.[1] It has a capacity of 13,145–14,500 depending on usage and a capacity of nearly 33,000 for concerts.

Overview[edit]

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 as of 2014.

In 1956, when Melbourne hosted the Olympics, the equestrian competitions were held here due to quarantine rules in Australia.[2] 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 IAAF 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.

Other events[edit]

Since then, it has hosted numerous sports events, notably football and track and field athletics, but also for example, 50 Swedish Championship finals in bandy and hosted concerts.

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.[3]

Records[edit]

It is one of the smallest athletics stadium ever used in a Summer Olympic Games.

Stockholms Stadion has seen more athletics world records broken than any other stadium in the world, with a total of 83 as of 2008.[4]

The record attendance, for football, is 21,995 and was set on 16 August 1946, when Djurgårdens IF played AIK. The record attendance, for bandy, is 28,848 and was set 1959.

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.

Michael Jackson performed on stage twice in July 17–18, 1992, during Dangerous World Tour), for a total audience of 53,000 people.

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, being the only artist to have done so.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1912 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 168-211.
  2. ^ 1956 Summer Olympics official equestrian report. pp. 40-1. (English) & (Swedish)
  3. ^ Nastrom, Stephaan (June 20, 1985). The Victoria Advocate "Sweden's First Shot at Football a Success Despite 72-7 Defeat". Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "DN Galan, friidrott" (in Swedish). www.stockholmtown.com. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Stockholms Olympiastadion at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 59°20′43.26″N 18°04′44.56″E / 59.3453500°N 18.0790444°E / 59.3453500; 18.0790444

Preceded by
White City Stadium
London
Summer Olympics
Main Venue (Stockholms Olympiastadion)

1912
Succeeded by
Olympisch Stadion
Antwerp
Preceded by
White City Stadium
London
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

1912
Succeeded by
Olympisch Stadion
Antwerp
Preceded by
White City Stadium
London
Summer Olympics
Football Men's Finals (Stockholms Olympiastadion)

1912
Succeeded by
Olympisch Stadion
Antwerp