The Stockholmsarenan, known as the Tele2 Arena for sponsorship reasons, is a retractable roof multi-purpose stadium in Stockholm Globe City, Johanneshov, just south of Stockholm City Centre, Sweden. It is used mostly for concerts and football matches, hosting home matches of Allsvenskan teams Djurgårdens IF and Hammarby IF. The arena has a capacity of 30,000 to 35,000 spectators for football matches, depending on the number of people standing,[4][5] and its facilities fulfill the requirements of FIFA and UEFA for hosting international games and tournaments. When configured for concerts, the arena has a capacity of 45,000 spectators.[6][non-primary source needed]

Stockholmsarenan
Tele2 Arena logo.jpg
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Full nameStockholmsarenan
LocationJohanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates59°17′27″N 18°05′07″E / 59.29081°N 18.08534°E / 59.29081; 18.08534
Public transitStockholm metro symbol.svg
Globen
Gullmarsplan
OwnerCity of Stockholm via SGA Fastigheter
OperatorAEG Live
Capacity45,000 (concerts)
30,000 (sports)[3]
28,000 (when police is in charge of max capacity, football only)
Record attendance39,338 (Madonna, 14 November 2015)
31,810 (HIFHäcken, 4 November 2018)
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Broke ground10 September 2010[1]
Built2010–2013
Opened20 July 2013
Construction costSEK 2.7 billion (estimated)[2]
€290 million
Architect
Main contractorsPeab
Tenants
Djurgårdens IF and Hammarby IF (2013–)

HistoryEdit

 
Stockholmsarenan in September 2014.
 
Stockholmsarenan under construction in April 2013.

With a maximum capacity of up to 40,000 and a retractable roof, the arena is able to host concerts, equestrian, motorsport, ice sports, banquettes, exhibitions, company events and shareholder meetings, in addition to football.[citation needed]

The cost was calculated to be 2.7 billion SEK including land appropriation and a new parking garage under the arena. The cost was balanced against income from sales of building rights and rental from the operator who runs the arena. Financing was mostly covered by sale of land, mainly the lot where Söderstadion was situated and associated building rights for commercial premises. The owner is the City of Stockholm via subsidiary SGA Fastigheter AB.[citation needed]

The arena was planned to host the opening game of the ice hockey World Championship 2013, but the construction was delayed and the arena was not finished until July 2013, two months after the tournament.[7] Initially, it was intended that the stadium would stage the finals of the Swedish Super League, but after the delay, it was decided that the finals in 2013 and 2014 would be moved to Malmö Arena.[8] It is decided that Stockholmsarenan will be the national stadium of Swedish speedway and American football.[9]

It is also possible to have artificially-frozen ice on the ground. The bandy team of Hammarby IF has practiced on the ice when this possibility was tried for the first time, but the team will so far still use Zinkensdamms IP as their home ground for bandy. "Bandyns dag" ("Bandy Day") was supposed to be arranged at the arena on 14 December 2013 with a match against IFK Vänersborg as the climax but had to be cancelled due to problems with preparing the ice.[10] Instead, the match against Sandvikens AIK on 10 January 2014 was played at Stockholmsarenan.[11][12]

On 27 June 2013, just days before Hammarby's first football match at their new arena, an explosive device was found outside the stadium. Former players from rivals Djurgården were to play a friendly that evening in front of approximately 3,000 spectators, but the game was cancelled due to the threat. The culture commissioner for the City of Stockholm has stated that the city council "has authority over who gets to play there, and that power will be used" if the situation does not get under control.[13][14]

The first official event at the stadium was a football match between Hammarby and Örgryte IS on 20 July 2013. The match, which ended in a 0–0 draw, brought in 29,175 spectators, setting a new record for highest attendance at a Superettan match.[15] The following day, a crowd of 27,798 attended Djurgårdens IF's inaugural match at Stockholmsarenan, a 1–2 defeat by IFK Norrköping.[16]

EventsEdit

 
Stockholmsarenan lit up in green during a Hammarby match.

Two football teams from Stockholm, Hammarby IF and Djurgårdens IF, have played their home games at Stockholmsarenan since July 2013. Another Stockholm club, IF Brommapojkarna, have occasionally played matches against the other Stockholm teams at Stockholmsarenan instead of at their usual home ground, Grimsta IP.[17]

The official inauguration took place on 24 August 2013, featuring Swedish artists Robyn, Lars Winnerbäck and Kent, but the first concert at Stockholmsarenan had already taken place on 27 July 2013, with Swedish band Gyllene Tider performing.

On 28 February and 1 March 2014, Swedish superstar Avicii made two sold-out concerts with 35,000 and 40,000 spectators respectively.

The Rolling Stones played at Stockholmsarenan on 1 July 2014 as part of the European leg of their 14 On Fire tour. It was the band's 26th-ever appearance in Sweden.

Paul McCartney played at Stockholmsarenan on 9 July 2015 as part of the European leg of his Out There Tour.

Madonna visited Stockholmsarenan with her Rebel Heart Tour on 14 November 2015, attracting over 39,000 people.

In 2015, the American football World Championship was to be hosted in Stockholm, with Stockholmsarenan as the only venue.

On 24 January 2015, the Arena hosted UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, a mixed martial arts match between Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson and American Anthony Johnson. In 2015 and 2016, the Swedish Bandy Finals have been held at the arena. In addition, Hammarby IF have played single matches here.

Adele performed at the arena as a part of her Adele Live 2016 Tour on 29 April 2016.

Rihanna performed at the arena as a part of her Anti World Tour on 4 July 2016.[18][better source needed]

Justin Bieber performed at the arena as a part of his Purpose World Tour on 29 and 30 September 2016.

On 17 June 2017, for her Celine Dion Live 2017 tour, Celine Dion performed in front of a crowd of a less than average 21,699, selling out almost instantly. She interestingly decided to divide the stadium in half for her show, citing “Better experience for the audience and for logistical reasons”.

Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello performed three reunion shows as the Swedish House Mafia at Stockholmsarenan from 2 to 4 May 2019, after they split up in March 2013 ending their One Last Tour at the Ultra Music Festival. Tickets for these shows sold out fast; more than 120,000 tickets were sold within 5 minutes.

It will host several matches of the 2023 World Men's Handball Championship, which Sweden will co-host alongside Poland.

Laleh will be the first Swedish female artist to headline a concert at the arena, as part of her national summer tour dates in 2023.[19]

List of concertsEdit

Date Artist(s) Tour Attendance
27 July 2013   Gyllene Tider 2013 Summer Tour 23,082
24 August 2013   Kent, Lars Winnerbäck, Robyn Inauguration concerts 39,714
26 November 2013   Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Live 9,152
28 February 2014   Avicii True Tour 69,725
1 March 2014
10 May 2014   Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 26,602
1 June 2014   Aerosmith Global Warming Tour
1 July 2014   The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire 37,009
9 July 2015   Paul McCartney Out There 23,579
14 November 2015   Madonna Rebel Heart Tour 40,557
29 April 2016   Adele Adele Live 2016 31,069
4 July 2016   Rihanna Anti World Tour 34,956
10 September 2016   Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway World Tour
29 September 2016   Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 79,380
30 September 2016
15 December 2016   Kent Avskedsturnén 113,400
16 December 2016
17 December 2016
6 May 2017   Kiss The KISSWORLD 2017 Tour 24 334
17 June 2017   Celine Dion Celine Dion Live 2017 21,699
1 June 2018   Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast World Tour 37,221
2 May 2019   Swedish House Mafia Save The World Reunion Tour 2019 114,629
3 May 2019
4 May 2019
5 June 2019   Bon Jovi This House Is Not For Sale Tour 35, 419
8 June 2019   Eagles 2019 World Tour
3 August 2019   Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 33,943
17 June 2023   The Weeknd After Hours til Dawn Tour
19 August 2023   Laleh Sommarturné 2023[19]

Highest attendancesEdit

Attendance Performance Event Date Ref.
40,557 Madonna Concert 14 November 2015 [20]
40,000 Iron Maiden Concert 1 June 2018 [21]
40,000 Avicii Concert 1 March 2014 [22]
39,714 Kent, Lars Winnerbäck, Robyn, Zhala Concert 26 August 2013 [23]
38,209 Swedish House Mafia Concert 2 May 2019
37,009 Rolling Stones Concert 2 July 2014 [24]
35,000 Avicii Concert 28 February 2014 [25]
31,756 Hammarby IF vs Östersunds FK 2016 Allsvenskan 4 April 2016 [26]

Interior and tifosEdit

Djurgårdens IF supporters in a Stockholm-derby against AIK.
Hammarby IF tifo in an Allsvenskan game.

Average attendancesEdit

Season Djurgårdens IF Hammarby IF Ref
Division GP Season Average Highest Gate Lowest Gate Division GP Season Average Highest Gate Lowest Gate
2013 Allsvenskan 8 15,858 27,798 vs IFK Norrköping 10,079 vs Åtvidabergs FF Superettan 8 14,145 29,175 vs Örgryte IS 7,886 vs Östersunds FK [27][28]
2014 Allsvenskan 15 13,145 25,175 vs AIK 7,454 vs Örebro Superettan 15 20,451 31,074 vs Ljungskile SK 11,936 vs Husqvarna FF [29][30]
2015 Allsvenskan 15 15,482 27,428 vs Hammarby 8,772 vs Helsingborgs IF Allsvenskan 15 25,507 30,869 vs Kalmar FF 18,173 vs Gelfe IF [31]
2016 Allsvenskan 15 13,393 24,900 vs Hammarby 6,724 vs Jönköpings SIF Allsvenskan 15 22,885 31,756 vs Östersunds FK 18,119 vs Falkenberg FF [32]
2017 Allsvenskan 15 16,241 26,648 vs IK Sirius 10,255 vs AFC Eskilstuna Allsvenskan 15 22,137 30,671 vs Kalmar FF 17,403 vs IK Sirius [33]
2018 Allsvenskan 15 12,307 24,396 vs Hammarby 7,608 vs IF Elfsborg Allsvenskan 15 23,680 31,810 vs BK Häcken 17,896 vs IF Elfsborg [34]
2019 Allsvenskan 15 15,958 28,258 vs Örebro 9,609 vs Östersunds FK Allsvenskan 15 24,232 31,337 vs Kalmar FF 18,475 vs FF Falkenberg [35]
2020 Season played behind closed doors due to Covid-19. Season played behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
2021 Allsvenskan 11* 9,198 23,227 vs Varberg 7,133 vs Örebro Allsvenskan 11* 10,263 29,317 vs AIK 7,112 vs Mjällby AIF [36]
2022 Allsvenskan 15 19,587 27,203 vs Hammarby 14,245 vs IFK Norrköping Allsvenskan 15 26,372 30,216 vs Helsingborgs IF 21,526 vs IF Sundsvall [37]
  • Four fixtures each played behind closed doors during 2021 season.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ "Dif och Hammarby kan slängas ut från Tele2 Arena". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 June 2013.
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  18. ^ "Tour".
  19. ^ a b "Laleh presenterar sommarturné 2023 - hennes största någonsin - första svenska kvinnliga artist på Tele2 Arena" [Laleh presents summer tour 2023 - her biggest ever - first Swedish female artist at Tele2 Arena.]. MyNewsDesk (in Swedish). Stockholm, Sweden. 1 November 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
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  34. ^ Dagens Nyheter. "2018 Allsvenskan Attendances". 18 April 2018.
  35. ^ Soccerway. "2019 Allsvenskan Attendances". 12 May 2019.
  36. ^ Soccerway. "2021 Allsvenskan Attendances". 12 May 2019.
  37. ^ Soccerway. "2022 Allsvenskan Attendances". 12 May 2019.

External linksEdit

Preceded by European Men's Handball Championship
Final Venue

2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by World Men's Handball Championship
Final Venue

2023
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