- Parken Stadium
stadium_name = Parken
location = Øster Allé 50
DK-2100 København Ø
broke_ground = 1990
9 September 1992
renovated = 2009 (ongoing)cite web |url=http://www.berlingske.dk/kobenhavn/artikel:aid=912934 |title=Københavnsk multiarena i 2009 |accessdate=2007-06-28 |last=Dahl Caruso |first=Jesper |date=2007-06-28 |publisher=
Berlingske Tidende|language=Danish ]
Parken Sport & Entertainment
operator = Parken Sport & Entertainment
surface = Grass
construction_cost = 640,000,000 DKK
architect = Gert Andersson
34,098 (allseater) [cite web |url=http://fck.dk/nyhedsvisning/?newsid=7383 |title=SuperBest tribune står klar medio 2009 |publisher=
F.C. Copenhagen|accessdate = 2007-12-07 |date=2007-10-29 |language=Danish ]
105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)
Parken Stadium (English: "the Park") is a football
stadiumin the Indre Østerbro("Inner Østerbro") district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990-1992. It currently has a capacity of 34,098 for football games, and is the home ground of F.C. Copenhagenand the Danish national football team.
Currently, the 51-year old D Stand (known as the Coca-Cola Stand for sponsorship reasons), at the northern end of the stadium, will be replaced by a modern structure. On
11 November 2006chairman of Parken Sport & Entertainment, Flemming Østergaard, told about the good dialog with Copenhagen Municipality about the construction permit, and the possibility of building a multiarena at Parken [cite web |url=http://fck.dk/index.php?pageid=754&newsid=6175 |title=Arena- og tribunebyggeri i og ved PARKEN |date=2006-11-11 |last=Østergaard |first=Flemming |authorlink=Flemming Østergaard |publisher= F.C. Copenhagen|language=Danish ] . On 27 June 2007it was announced that the new arena and stand will be ready in 2009, together with a new wall function in the stadium, to split the stadium in two halves, while the roof is over. The wall will be filled with air, which makes it soundproof. This will be used for handball, tennisand other sports.
The redevelopment of the northern end of the stadium will add new locker rooms, premium seating and a further 8,700 m2 of office space, but lower the overall capacity to around 38,000 seats. During the construction phase only about 34,098 spectators will be able to see the national team play their 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Construction will take place over a 19-month period, starting in December 2007. [cite web |url=http://www.fck.dk/index.php?pageid=754&newsid=7383 |title=SuperBest tribune står klar medio 2009 |date=2007-10-29 |publisher=
F.C. Copenhagen|language=Danish |accessdate=2007-10-29]
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
November 14 1990, and on September 9 1992Parken was opened with a 1-2 defeat in a friendly game against Germany.
The stadium was rebuilt by investors
Baltica Finans A/Sin 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 in the fall of 1993, making Parken eligible for hosting the finals of the UEFA Cupas 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 Leaguefinal, as that demands 50,000 seats.
June 2 2007, Parken was the venue for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.
Parken is also used as a
concertvenue, 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.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Tiesto, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, U2, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turnerand Michael Jacksonhave performed at Parken. Eminemwas scheduled to perform at Parken in 2005, but he cancelled his Europe-tour. Robbie Williamshas performed there several times, in 2006he was the first artist to perform two concerts in a row at Parken. The biggest concert ever held in Parken was a performance by Michael Jacksonon August 29, 1997, during his HIStory World Tour, with 50,000 tickets sold.
Speedway Grand Prix of Denmark
* [http://www.parken.dk Official website]
* [http://www.copenhagen.com/sports/m_stadium.asp?Menu=Sports Tourist info from copenhagen.com]
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