Ullevi Location Gothenburg, Sweden Opened May 29, 1958 Owner Higab Operator Got Event Surface Grass Architect Sten Samuelsson and Fritz Jaenecke Capacity 43,000
60,000 for concerts
Field dimensions 100 × 68 m Tenants N/A
Ullevi is a stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The stadium was built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, but since then Ullevi has also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics and the 2006 European Championships in Athletics, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1983 and 1990, the UEFA Euro 1992 final, the UEFA Cup final in 2004, and annually hosted the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup—the world's largest football tournament.
The stadium is the biggest in Scandinavia, with a seating capacity of 43,000 and a total capacity of 60,000 for concerts.
A Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985, became notable because Springsteen – with the help of a very enthusiastic audience – almost rocked the stadium to pieces, literally. As the city rests on a layer of clay, the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people was close to causing a structural collapse. Even though Bruce Springsteen has made several more visits since, it is unlikely he will manage to repeat his feat, as the concrete pillars supporting the stadium have since been extended down to solid bedrock.
The record for the stadium, after being partially rebuilt, was set by Irish rock band U2, on 1 August 2009, with an attendance of 60,099.
During the 1980s, the stadium played host to the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners Cup final which saw Aberdeen beat Real Madrid 2–1 after extra time.
Since March 2007, Ullevi has one of Sweden's largest solar power plants, consisting of 600 m² of solar photovoltaic panels situated on the roof of the luxury boxes section. The top effect is 86,4 kW and the yield is supposed to cover the total power used by the artificial lighting used for events, with a surplus.
Ullevi has also hosted Motorcycle speedway and hosted the Speedway World Championship on no less than eight occasions, second only to Wembley Stadium in London, England which hosted the World Final a record 26 times. The track is a dirt surface laid out over the athletics track and is officially 404m long with a track record of 69.4 seconds (4 laps clutch start). The largest attendance for a World Final at Ullevi occurred in 1974 when 38,390 turned out to see Sweden's own Anders Michanek win his only World Championship with an unbeaten 15 point maximum.
Since the World Championship was changed in 1995 from a single meeting Final to the Speedway Grand Prix (SGP), Ullevi has hosted a round of the series in 2002, 2003, 2004 (Grand Prix of Scandinavia), 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Grand Prix of Sweden).
They pre-SGP World Final's held at Ullevi and the winners were:
- 1964 - Barry Briggs ()
- 1968 - Ivan Mauger ()
- 1971 - Ole Olsen ()
- 1974 - Anders Michanek ()
- 1977 - Ivan Mauger ()
- 1980 - Michael Lee ()
- 1984 - Erik Gundersen ()
- 1991 - Jan O. Pedersen ()
One day events
Date Events Audience August 31, 1990 Motocross Ullevi Supercross 26,743 2002 Football youth Gothia Cup finals 28,710 December 28, 2009 Ice hockey Västra Frölunda IF-Färjestads BK 31,144 August 14, 1988 American football Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears 33,150 September 16, 1974 Motorcycle speedway Speedway World Final 38,390 May 20, 1976 Football Div. II GAIS-IFK Göteborg 50 374 June 3, 1959 Football Örgryte IS-IFK Göteborg 52,194 September 14, 1958 Boxing Ingemar Johansson vs Eddie Machen 53,614 July 8, 1985 Concert
Bruce Springsteen 64,312 August 1, 2009 Concert
U2 60,099 August 16, 1997 Concert Michael Jackson 68,015
Two day events
Date Events Audience September 4–5, 2004 Athletics Finnkampen 51,567 February 13–14, 1971 Ice skating World cup 69,559 August 8 & 9, 2009 Concert Madonna - Sticky & Sweet Tour 119,709
Location and transportation
Ullevi is located on the eastern edge of Gothenburg's city centre and is one of the center pieces of the event district Evenemangsstråket, with Scandinavium, Liseberg, Universeum, the Museum of World Culture, and Bergakungen nearby. Public transport is easily accessible, there are two tram stops named after the stadium; Ullevi Norra (North) and Ullevi Södra (South). Both tram stops serve lines 6 (orange) and 8 (purple), Ullevi Södra also serves lines 2 (yellow) and 13 (beige), while Ullevi Norra also serves lines 1 (white) and 3 (blue). Approximately 700 metres west of Ullevi lies the Gothenburg Central Station and Nils Ericson Terminal, 900 metres south of Ullevi lies Korsvägen, a major public transport hub which serves more than fifteen different bus lines and several tram lines, and the Liseberg station serving the Gothenburg commuter rail.
The stadium has 650 parking spaces located in a garage underneath the pitch. Additionally visitors are guided to eighteen nearby parking lots and parking garages—with a total of 7,000 parking spaces—by the event districts parking guidance and information system. The system has a total of 130 digital signs, located on motorways with information about which exit to use, and on streets in the city with more detailed information about directions and number of available parking spaces.
- ^ "En av Sveriges största solcellsanläggning producerar grön el på Ullevi". Got Event. http://www.gotevent.se/solceller/default.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- ^ http://www.speedwayworld.tv/event/speedwaygp-2011-gothenburg
- ^ a b "Så prioriteras evenemangen som syns på skyltarna" (in Swedish) (PDF). Swedish Road Administration. May 2005. http://www22.vv.se/filer/17918/P-evenemang_2-2005_mini.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
- Ullevi — Official site
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