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Stockholm Olympic Stadium (Swedish: Stockholms Olympiastadion), most often called Stockholms stadion or (especially locally) simply Stadion, is a stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. Designed by architect Torben Grut, it was opened in 1912, its original use was as a venue for the 1912 Olympic Games. At the 1912 Games, it hosted the athletics, some of the equestrian, some of the football, gymnastics, the running part of the modern pentathlon, tug of war, and wrestling events.[1] It has a capacity of 13,145–14,500 depending on usage and a capacity of nearly 33,000 for concerts.

Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Stadion (The Stadium)
Stockholms Olympiastadion
Full nameStockholms Olympiastadion
LocationStockholm, Sweden
OwnerStockholm Municipality
Capacity14,417 Concerts: 33,000
Field size105 x 68 m
Opened1 June 1912
ArchitectTorben Grut
Djurgårdens IF (1936–2013)
AIK (1912–1936)
Djurgårdens IF (women) (2015–)



The Stadium was the home ground for association football team Djurgårdens IF for many decades, until the more modern Tele2 Arena was inaugurated in 2013. Djurgårdens IF still has offices in the Stadium building.

In 1956, when Melbourne hosted the Olympics, the equestrian competitions were held here due to quarantine rules in Australia.[2] In 1958 the stadium was the venue of the European Athletics Championships. Finland-Sweden athletics international has been held here 29 times. The annual Stockholm Marathon finishes with a three quarter lap around the tracks of the stadium. Since 1967 the stadium has been the venue of the annual international athletics meeting DN Galan, from 2011 part of IAAF Diamond League. Originally, the north-east stand had two levels, increasing the capacity to about 20,000. After the Olympics, it was reduced to one level.

The Metro station Stadion was opened in 1973.

Some sections of the stadium were damaged by a bomb attack on 8 August 1997. Mats Hinze was later found guilty for it, who was against Stockholm's bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics.[3]

It will be used for big air snowboarding should Stockholm-Are be awarded the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Other eventsEdit

Since then, it has hosted numerous sports events, notably football and track and field athletics, but also for example, 50 Swedish Championship finals in bandy and hosted concerts.

In 1985, Bethany College head coach and future College Football Hall of Fame member Ted Kessinger brought the first American football team to play in Sweden. The Bethany "Terrible Swedes" defeated the Swedish all-star team 72–7.[4]


It is one of the smallest athletics stadium ever used in a Summer Olympic Games.

Stockholms stadion has seen more athletics world records broken than any other stadium in the world, with a total of 83 as of 2008.[5]

The record attendance, for football, is 21,995 and was set on 16 August 1946, when Djurgårdens IF played AIK. The record attendance, for bandy, is 28,848 and was set 1959.

In 1995, The Rolling Stones performed at the stadium in front of 35,200 people.

Kiss sold out the stadium, by selling all 32,500 tickets in less than 20 minutes, during their 2008 World Tour. Kiss also played 2 nights at this stadium during their 1996–97 reunion tour Alive/Worldwide.

Michael Jackson performed on stage twice in July 17–18, 1992, during Dangerous World Tour, for a total audience of 106,000 people.

Bruce Springsteen has performed at the stadium no less than eight times. Twice in 1988, once 1993, twice in 1999 and again in 2009 playing three sold out shows to approximately 100.000 people, being the only artist to have done so.

AC/DC performed at the stadium on 3 June 2010 in front of 32,768 people


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 1912 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 168–211.
  2. ^ 1956 Summer Olympics official equestrian report. pp. 40–1. (in English) & (in Swedish)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Nastrom, Stephaan (June 20, 1985). The Victoria Advocate "Sweden's First Shot at Football a Success Despite 72–7 Defeat" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "DN Galan, friidrott" (in Swedish). 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-08.[permanent dead link]

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