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Coordinates: 55°42′08.89″N 12°34′19.93″E / 55.7024694°N 12.5722028°E / 55.7024694; 12.5722028

Parken
Parken 1.jpg
UEFA Elite stadium
Location Øster Allé 50
DK-2100 København Ø, Denmark
Broke ground 1990
Opened 9 September 1992
Renovated 2009 (ongoing)[1]
Owner Parken Sport & Entertainment
Operator Parken Sport & Entertainment
Surface Grass
Construction cost 640,000,000 DKK
(85,300,000 )
Architect Gert Andersson
Capacity 38,050 (allseater)
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)
Tenants
F.C. Copenhagen
Denmark

Parken Stadium (English: the Park) is a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990-1992. It currently has a capacity of 38,050 for football games, and is the home ground of F.C. Copenhagen and the Danish national football team. The capacity for concerts exceeds the capacity for matches - the stadium can hold as many as 50,000 people with an end-stage setup and 55,000 with a center-stage setup.

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History

Parken Stadium field

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 1992 Parken was opened with a 1-2 defeat in a friendly game against Germany.

The stadium was rebuilt by investors Baltica Finans A/S in 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 4-star stadiums in the fall of 1993, making Parken eligible for hosting the finals of the UEFA Cup as 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 League final, as that demands 50,000 seats.

On June 2 2007, Parken was the venue for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.

Notable matches

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Competition Spectators
1994-05-04 Arsenal 1-0 Parma 1993–94 CWC final 33,765
2000-05-17 Galatasaray 0-0
(p4-1)
Arsenal 1999–2000 UEFA Cup final 38,919
2005-10-08 Denmark 1-0 Greece 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual. group 2 42,099
(stadium record)
2006-04-06 F.C. Copenhagen 1-0 Lillestrøm Royal League 2005-06 final 13,617
2006-04-30 F.C. Copenhagen 0-0 Brøndby Danish Superliga 2005-06 41,201
(league record)
2007-06-02 Denmark (a) Sweden UEFA Euro Qual. group F 42,083

Concert venue

Parken is also used as a concert venue, 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.

Musicians like Madonna, Britney Spears, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Tiesto, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, U2, Robbie Williams, George Michael, R.E.M., Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson have performed at Parken. Eminem was scheduled to perform at Parken in 2005, but he cancelled his Europe-tour. The biggest concert ever held in Parken was a performance by Justin Timberlake on June 23, 2007, during his FutureSex/LoveShow tour, with 55,000 tickets sold. Madonna is set to perform at Parken on August 11, 2009, with 50,000 tickets sold. Muse is set to perform on October 26 2009. Once a year, the TV channel TV 2 Zulu organizes a big concert, Zulu Rocks. In 2006, The Black Eyed Peas, Pet Shop Boys, Kashmir, Pharrell and Mew performed.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Dahl Caruso, Jesper (2007-06-28). "Københavnsk multiarena i 2009" (in Danish). Berlingske Tidende. http://www.berlingske.dk/kobenhavn/artikel:aid=912934. Retrieved 2007-06-28.  

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Preceded by
Wembley Stadium
London
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Final Venue

1994
Succeeded by
Parc des Princes
Paris
Preceded by
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
UEFA Cup
Final Venue

2000
Succeeded by
Westfalenstadion
Dortmund
Preceded by
Globe Arena
Stockholm
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

2001
Succeeded by
Saku Suurhall
Tallinn

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