|Full name||Råsunda Fotbollstadion|
|Location||Solna Municipality, Stockholms län, Sweden|
|Opened||17 May 1937|
|Owner||Swedish Football Association|
Sven Ivar Lind
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 m|
|Sweden national football team (1937–2012)
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, also known as Råsundastadion, Råsunda Stadium or just Råsunda, was the former Swedish national football stadium. It is located in Solna Municipality in Stockholm and named after the district in Solna where it is located. In November 2012 it was closed down and replaced by the new Friends Arena about 1 km from Råsunda Stadium. Flats and offices will be built on the old ground.
It was opened in 1937 although there had already existed stadiums at the site; the earliest opened in 1910. The inaugural match took place on 18 April 1937 when AIK played against Malmö FF, AIK won the match 4–0. Råsunda has a capacity of 35,000–36,608 depending on usage. The 1910 stadium hosted some of the football and some of the shooting events at the 1912 Summer Olympics. The stadium was the home stadium for AIK, and is used for many derbies between Stockholm clubs. It also hosted the headquarters of the Swedish Football Association, and staged 75% of the home matches of the national football team each year, with most other matches being played at Ullevi in Gothenburg. These two stadiums are UEFA 4-star rated football stadiums.
The last major concert held at the stadium was on June 7,1986, when British rock band Queen kicked off their final tour, the Magic Tour, at Råsunda. That night Queen played to about 37,500 fans.
Råsunda was the first of two stadiums to have hosted the World Cup finals for both men and women. It hosted the men's final in the 1958 World Cup and the women's final in the 1995 Women's World Cup. The other stadium with this honor is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA (men in 1994 World Cup, women in 1999 Women's World Cup).
On 1 April 2006, the Swedish Football Association announced a plan to switch to a new stadium to be built in Solna. The new arena was completed and ready for sporting events in 2012, and the Råsunda Stadium will be subsequently demolished. The new stadium has a capacity for 50,000 spectators. The name of the new arena is Friends Arena - Swedbank bought the name for 150 million SEK but decided to name it in support of non profit organization Friends in 2012.
Fabege AB and Peab AB signed an agreement to acquire Råsunda Football Stadium and existing office buildings from the Swedish Football Association on 11 December 2009. All activities on the arena remained until Friends Arena stood finished.
- (Swedish) - Page about the old stadium Råsunda Idrottsplats
- 1912 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 221-3.
- New National Arena In Solna
- "Fabege - press release". Cision Wire. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
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