Parken Stadium, also known simply as Parken and as Telia Parken (2014–2020),[2] is a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990 to 1992. The stadium, which features a retractable roof, currently has a capacity of 38,190 for football games, and is the home 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 centre-stage setup.

Parken Stadium
Former namesTelia Parken (2014–2020)
LocationPer Henrik Lings Allé 2, DK-2100 Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Coordinates55°42′08.89″N 12°34′19.93″E / 55.7024694°N 12.5722028°E / 55.7024694; 12.5722028
Public transit at Trianglen
OwnerParken Sport & Entertainment
OperatorF.C. København & Stadion
Capacity38,190 (all-seater)[1]
Record attendance60,000 (Michael Jackson, HIStory World Tour, 14 August 1997)
Field size105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)
Broke ground1990
Opened9 September 1992
Construction costDKK 640 million
(85.3 million)
ArchitectGert Andersson
Denmark national football team (1992–present)
F.C. Copenhagen (1992–present)

Parken was announced as one of 12 host venues of the UEFA Euro 2020 and it hosted three group stage matches, as well as a round of 16 match.[3]

Geranium, a three Michelin star restaurant, is located on the eighth floor of the stadium.[4]

On 10 November 2021, the stadium entered into a long-term partnership with the telecommunications company 3. Parken will continue to be called Parken, while the stadium partnership is entitled "Parken - Connected by 3.[5]

History edit

Parken field in August 2011

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 office buildings 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.[6] The agreement includes a 7 year long naming sponsorship, and on 17 July 2014, the stadium name was changed to Telia Parken.[7]

On 26 August 2020, it was announced that the stadiums name would be reverted to the original name, Parken, five days later on 31 August.

Notable matches edit

Date Team #1 Result 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
(4–1 p)
  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 30–21   Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 2011 Danish Handball League Final 36,651 Former world record attendance at an indoor handball match
20 April 2012   AG København 29–23   FC Barcelona 2011–12 EHF Champions League quarter-finals 21,293 The highest-ever attendance at a VELUX EHF Champions League match
12 June 2021   Denmark 0–1   Finland UEFA Euro 2020 15,000 Danish player Christian Eriksen suffered a Cardiac arrest during the 43rd minute, causing him to collapse. Eriksen was sent to the nearby Rigshospitalet where he recovered.[8]

Euro 2020 edit

Parken is one of the stadiums that hosted matches for the UEFA Euro 2020. Three Group B matches and a Round of 16 were played there.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
12 June 2021   Denmark 0–1   Finland Group B 15,200[9]
17 June 2021   Denmark 1–2   Belgium 23,395[10]
21 June 2021   Russia 1–4   Denmark 23,644[11]
28 June 2021   Croatia 3–5 (a.e.t.)   Spain Round of 16 22,771[12]

Concert venue edit

Also used as a concert venue, Parken 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 such as AC/DC, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Elton John, Kashmir, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Mew, George Michael, Muse, One Direction, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Pink, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Take That, Tiësto, Tina Turner, U2, Roger Waters, and Robbie Williams have performed at Parken. In 2017, Volbeat became the first Danish band to sell out the venue; their Let's Boogie DVD is of this concert.

The biggest concert ever held in Parken was a performance by Michael Jackson on 14 August 1997, during his HIStory tour, with 60,000 tickets sold; a second show was held on the 29th, in which Jackson was thrown a surprise birthday party after the performance of "You Are Not Alone".

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ "First Division Clubs in Europe 2022/23" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  2. ^ [1],
  3. ^ Wembley to stage UEFA EURO 2020 final,
  4. ^ Geranium (The World's 50 Best Restaurants)
  5. ^ "PARKEN AND 3 ENTER INTO STADIUM SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT". FC Copenhagen. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  6. ^ Telia & Parken i historisk sponsoraftale, F.C. Copenhagen
  7. ^ Parken får nyt navn, F.C. Copenhagen
  8. ^ "Finland win first game at major finals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Full Time Summary – Denmark v Finland" (PDF). UEFA. 12 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Full Time Summary – Denmark v Belgium" (PDF). UEFA. 17 June 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Full Time Summary – Russia v Denmark" (PDF). UEFA. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Full Time Summary – Croatia v Spain" (PDF). UEFA. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.

External links edit

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