Stockholm Olympic Stadium


Stockholm Olympic Stadium

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = Stockholms Stadion


fullname = Stockholms Olympiastadion
nickname = "Stadion" (The Stadium)
location = Stockholm, Sweden
built = 1910–1912
opened = 1912
owner = Stockholm Municipality
seating_capacity = 13 145–
14,500
tenants = Djurgårdens IF (1936-present)
AIK (1912-1936)
dimensions = 105 x 68 m

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. Since then, it has hosted numerous sports events, notably football and athletics, but also for example, 50 Swedish Championship finals in bandy, and hosted concerts from artists such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Robbie Williams and Kent. In 1956 when Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games, the horse competitions were held here due to quarantine rules in Australia. The probably most famous event that currently is held here is DN-galan. Finland-Sweden athletics international has been held here 29 times. It has a capacity of 13 145–14,500 depending on usage and a capacity of nearly 35,000 for concerts.

Originally, the north-west 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.

Records

The record attendance for football is 21,995 and was set 16 August 1946, when Djurgårdens IF played AIK. The record attendance for bandy is 28,848 and was set 1959. The record attendance for concerts was set in 1992 when Michael Jackson visited Stadion in front of 53,000 people.

Stockholms Stadion is the stadium in the world where the most athletics records have been set, totaling 83. [cite web |url=http://www.stockholmtown.com/Event/Event____7674.aspx?eventid=15277&fdate=2008-07-22&tdate=2008-07-22 |title=DN Galan, friidrott |accessdate=2008-08-08 |publisher=www.stockholmtown.com |date=2008-07-22 |language=Swedish ] It is one of the smallest main stadiums for a Summer Olympic Games.

The rock band Kiss sold out the stadium by selling all 32,500 tickets in less than 20 minutes on their recent 2008 tour.

See also

*Speedway Grand Prix of Sweden

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