Parken Stadium

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 38,065 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 center-stage setup.

Parken
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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; 12.5722028Coordinates: 55°42′08.89″N 12°34′19.93″E / 55.7024694°N 12.5722028°E / 55.7024694; 12.5722028
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OwnerParken Sport & Entertainment
OperatorF.C. København & Stadion
Capacity38,065 (all-seater)[1]
Record attendance60,000 (HIStory World Tour, 14 August 1997)
Field size105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.3 yds)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1990
Opened9 September 1992
Renovated2001 and 2009
Construction costDKK 640 million
(85.3 million)
ArchitectGert Andersson
Tenants
Denmark national football team (1992–present)
F.C. Copenhagen (1992–present)

Parken has been announced as one of 12 host venues of the UEFA Euro 2020. It will host 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]

HistoryEdit

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

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 matchesEdit

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
(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 Quarterfinal 21,293 The highest-ever attendance at a VELUX EHF Champions League match
12 June 2021   Denmark TBA   Finland UEFA Euro 2020 TBA The First-ever European Championship match in a major tournament

Concert venueEdit

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, Elton John, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Guns N' Roses, Volbeat and Michael Jackson have performed at Parken. In 2017 Volbeat became the first Danish band to sell out the venue, and 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 Michael got a surprise birthday party after the performance of "You Are Not Alone".

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Preceded by
Wembley Stadium
London
European 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