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Ullevi
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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 x 68 m
Tenants
N/A

Ullevi, Ullevi Stadium or Nya Ullevi as it is referred to by the locals, meaning New Ullevi, to distinguish it from Gamla Ullevi (Old Ullevi), is a stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The stadium is also the biggest in Scandinavia. It was opened in 1958, its original use was as a venue for the 1958 World Cup. Since then, it has hosted numerous concerts and sports events, notably football, athletics, speedway and speed skating. It has an all-seated capacity of 43,000 and a total capacity of 60,000 for concerts.

The record attendance for football is 52,194 and was set on 3 June 1959, when IFK Göteborg played Örgryte IS. A Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985 became legendary 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 up until 2008 for the stadium after being partially rebuilt was set by Swedish pop-rock band Gyllene Tider on 7 August 2004, with an attendance of 58,977. However, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden set a new record on 26 July 2008, with 60 132 people attending. 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.

Ullevi was used for several matches in EURO 92, including the final. It also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1983 and 1990, and the UEFA Cup final in 2004. It is also the host for the opening ceremony and final games in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest football tournament. Ullevi was also the venue for the 2006 European Championships in Athletics.

Less known, it was also the venue for the first game between NFL teams ever played on the European continent, as Minnesota Vikings faced Chicago Bears, in a pre-season game, 14 August 1988.

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.[1]

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Record attendance

Date Events Audience
August 14 1988 American football Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears
33 150
September 14 1958 Boxing Ingemar Johansson vs Eddie Machen
53 614
June 3 1959 Football IFK Göteborg-Örgryte IS
52 194
May 20 1976 Football Div. II GAIS-IFK Göteborg
50 374
2002 Football youth Gothia Cup finals
28 710
September 4-5 2004 Athletics Finnkampen
51 567
two days
December 28 2009 Ice hockey Västra Frölunda IF-Färjestads BK
31 144
June 9 1984 Concert
Before renovation
Bruce Springsteen
65 118
July 8 1985 Concert
Before renovation
Bruce Springsteen
64 312
July 31, August 1 2009 Concert
After renovation
U2
119,297
two days
August 8, 9 2009 Concert
After renovation
Madonna
119,709
two days
July 26 2008 Concert
After renovation
Iron Maiden
60 132
August 31 1990 Motocross Ullevi Supercross
26 743
February 13-14 1971 Ice skating World cup
69 559
two days
September 16 1974 Motorcycle speedway World cup-final
38 390
The empty west stand of Ullevi during a friendly between IFK Göteborg and Hammarby IF.

Sir Elton John hosted a sell-out concert in 1998. It was part of the Face To Face tour with Billy Joel, but Billy Joel was unable to perform due to illness. Elton John played for over three hours. In August 2009, Madonna performed two dates at the stadium as part of her Sticky & Sweet Tour. Each date was attended by 60,000 fans for a total of 120,000 fans. As for 2010, P!nk and Green Day will both host concerts.

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Preceded by
Nou Camp
Barcelona
European Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1983
Succeeded by
St. Jakob Stadium
Basel
Preceded by
Wankdorf Stadium
Berne
European Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1990
Succeeded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
Preceded by
Olympiastadion
Munich
UEFA European Football Championship
Final Venue

1992
Succeeded by
Wembley Stadium
London
Preceded by
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion
Stuttgart
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Venue

1995
Succeeded by
Olympic Stadium
Athens
Preceded by
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
Seville
UEFA Cup
Final Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Estádio José Alvalade
Lisbon
Preceded by
Olympiastadion
Munich
European Championships in Athletics
Final Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Barcelona

Coordinates: 57°42′21.21″N 11°59′14.38″E / 57.7058917°N 11.9873278°E / 57.7058917; 11.9873278

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