Parken Stadium, known for sponsorship reasons as Telia Parken, is a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990–1992. The stadium, which features a retractable roof, currently has a capacity of 38,065 for football games, and is the home ground of FC Copenhagen and the Denmark 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.
|Location||Per Henrik Lings Allé 2, DK-2100 Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Owner||Parken Sport & Entertainment|
|Operator||F.C. København & Stadion|
|Record attendance||60,000 (HIStory World Tour, 14 August 1997)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)|
|Opened||9 September 1992|
|Renovated||2001 and 2009|
|Construction cost||DKK 640 million|
|Denmark national football team (1992–present)|
F.C. Copenhagen (1992–present)
Telia Parken, originally named just 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 14 November 1990, and on 9 September 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 brothel in the company of Parken Sport & Entertainment.
Parken was included in UEFA's list of 4-star stadiums in the autumn of 1993, making Parken eligible for hosting the finals of the Europa League (then named 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 2 June 2007, Parken was the venue for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.
On 1 May 2014 a new stadium covering Wi-Fi solution, powered by Telia was published. The deal provides free high speed Wi-Fi for all spectators at any event at the stadium. The agreement includes a 7 year long naming sponsorship, and on 17 July 2014, the stadium name was changed to Telia Parken.
|Date||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Competition||Attendance||Remarks|
|9 September 1992||Denmark||1–2||Germany||Friendly match||40,500||Opening match|
|4 May 1994||Arsenal||1–0||Parma||1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final||33,765|
|17 May 2000||Galatasaray||0–0
|Arsenal||2000 UEFA Cup Final||38,919|
|8 October 2005||Denmark||1–0||Greece||2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 2||42,099||Stadium attendance record|
|6 April 2006||F.C. Copenhagen||1–0||Lillestrøm||2006 Royal League Final||13,617|
|30 April 2006||F.C. Copenhagen||0–0||Brøndby||Danish Superliga 2005–06||41,201||League and club attendance record|
|2 June 2007||Denmark||0–3||Sweden||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group F||42,083||Referee attacked|
|21 May 2011||AG København||0–2||Bjerringbro-Silkeborg||2011 Danish Handball League Final||36,651||Former world record attendance at an indoor handball match|
|20 April 2012||AG København||2–3||FC Barcelona||2011–12 EHF Champions League Quarterfinal||21,293||The highest-ever attendance at a VELUX EHF Champions League match|
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 in 2000 and 2001.
Musicians like Coldplay, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston, Take That, Pink, Madonna, Britney Spears, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Tiësto, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi, The Black Eyed Peas, Pet Shop Boys, Kashmir, Pharrell, Mew, Robbie Williams, George Michael, R.E.M., Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Guns N' Roses, Volbeat and Michael Jackson have performed at Parken.
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