Råsunda Stadium

Råsunda Stadium (Swedish: [ˈrôːˌsɵnːda] (About this soundlisten); also known as Råsunda Fotbollsstadion, Råsundastadion or just Råsunda) was the Swedish national football stadium. It was 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 newly built Friends Arena about 1 km from Råsunda Stadium. Råsunda Stadium was completely demolished in 2013 and flats and offices was built on the old ground.

Råsunda Stadium
Råsunda February 2013 01.jpg
Råsunda Stadium during demolition in February 2013
Full nameRåsunda Fotbollsstadion
LocationSolna Municipality, Stockholms län, Sweden
CoordinatesCoordinates: 59°21′45.87″N 17°59′46.71″E / 59.3627417°N 17.9963083°E / 59.3627417; 17.9963083
OwnerSwedish Football Association
Record attendance52,943
Field size105 x 68 m
Opened17 May 1937
Closed29 November 2012
ArchitectBirger Borgström
Sven Ivar Lind
Sweden national football team (1937–2012)
AIK (1937–2012)
Djurgårdens IF (1989–90, 2004)


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, with Axel Nilsson scoring the historical first goal.[2] Råsunda has a capacity of 35,000–36,608 depending on usage.[3] The 1910 stadium hosted some of the football and some of the shooting events at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[4] The stadium was the home stadium for AIK, and was 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.[citation needed]

The record attendance was 52,943 and was set on 26 September 1965, when Sweden played West Germany. West Germany won the match 2-1.

The last major concert held at the stadium was on 7 June 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 the non profit organization Friends in 2012.[5]

The last event held at the Råsunda Stadium was the Europa League's match AIK - S.S.C. Napoli, played on 22 November 2012, finished 1-2. Edinson Cavani scored the last goal which closed the glorious history of the stadium.

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.[6]

1958 FIFA World CupEdit

Råsunda Stadium hosted eight games of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, including the final match.

Date Time (UTC+01) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
8 June 1958 14:00   Sweden 3–0   Mexico Group 3 34,107
11 June 1958 19:00   Mexico 1–1   Wales 15,150
12 June 1958 19:00   Sweden 2–1   Hungary 38,850
15 June 1958 14:00   Sweden 0–0   Wales 30,287
17 June 1958 19:00   Wales 2–1   Hungary Group 3 Play-off 2,823
19 June 1958 19:00   Sweden 2–0   Soviet Union Quarter-finals 31,900
24 June 1958 19:00   Brazil 5–2   France Semi-finals 27,100
29 June 1958 15:00   Brazil 5–2   Sweden Final 49,737


  1. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/FirstDiv/uefaorg/Publications/01/67/03/93/1670393_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ aftonbladet.se
  3. ^ www.aik.se Archived 2007-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1912 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 221-3.
  5. ^ New National Arena In Solna
  6. ^ "Fabege - press release". Cision Wire. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-12-11.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Råsunda Stadium at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
4 venues (Wankdorf Stadium, Charmilles Stadium
Hardturm, Stade olympique de la Pontaise)
used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup,
matches on the first day were
all played at the same time
FIFA World Cup
Opening Venue

Succeeded by
All 4 venues used for
the 1962 FIFA World Cup,
matches on the first day were
all played at the same time
Preceded by
Wankdorf Stadium
FIFA World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Estadio Nacional
Preceded by
Tianhe Stadium
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Rose Bowl
Preceded by
De Kuip
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Villa Park