Örjans Vall

Örjans Vall is a football stadium in Halmstad, Sweden, built in 1922.


It was finished on 30 July 1922 and was then named Halmstads Idrottsplats (eng: Halmstads Sports Ground), it was opened by HRH The Crown Prince of Sweden Gustaf Adolf, later king of Sweden, 12 000 people had been allowed entrance to see the opening, several thousands more had gathered outside the fence and on Galgberget. In August 1922 the name of the arena changed to Örjans Vall after a medieval hospital by the name of S:t Örjans that had earlier been on the same location. On 3 September 1922 the first football (soccer) game was played there. Örjans Vall has been used for many different sports over the years, the football field was surrounded by running tracks, until the 1980s, and was the main site for the local athletic clubs. In the winter of 1956, due to very cold weather, the running tracks were covered with water freezing into a skating rink, Sigvard "Sigge" Ericsson, who had won one gold and one silver medal in the recent 1956 winter olympic, participated. In 1972 the present day main-stand and scoreboard was completed, replacing the original wooden constructions from 1922.

The record for most spectators during a match is held by IS Halmia, in 1962 when Halmia played a qualification match against Landskrona BoIS, 20 381 spectators turned up to see the match.

In 2004 when Gyllene Tider celebrated 25 years, by starting and ending their national tour on Örjans Vall.

International Tournaments
FIFA World Cup

During the 1958 FIFA World Cup, Örjans Vall was host to 2 games in the tournament, Northern Ireland - Czechoslovakia, 1-0, and Argentina - Northern Ireland, 3-1.

UEFA Under-21 European Championship

The 2009 U21 European Championship, which was played in Sweden, was original meant to be played at Gamla Ullevi in Göteborg, Olympia in Helsingborg, Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and Borås Arena in Borås, however Borås Arena have a Max Hamburgers restaurant on the arena area, this caused legal problem since the tournament is sponsored by McDonald's, for some time it appeared that the Max restaurant would be closed during the tournament, however Max refused later to close its restaurant and the competition was forced to move elsewhere and Örjans Vall in Halmstad was chosen as replacement for Borås.

Örjans Vall was used for 3 games in group B of the tournament, the opening match of the tournament between England and Finland ended 2-1 on 15 June, then, Germany defeated Finland with 2-0 on 18 June and then Germany faced England in a 1-1 draw on 22 June.

Demand for a new stadium

In recent years HBK supporters have started to demand a new stadium, as the club have reached international competitions, but are not allowed to play on Örjans Vall due to security restrictions, they have instead been forced to play at Ullevi in Göteborg or Olympia in Helsingborg.

Temporary 2008 chairman Birgitta Johansson stated that a new stadium should be ready in 2011-2012.

In September 2008 a decision to build a new stadium was reached by the local authorities, the new stadium would be placed at Sannarps recreation ground and Örjans Vall will be demolished and replaced by apartments, the new arena is planned to be complete 2012, however on May 5, 2009 it was announced that there would not be a new arena as the Alliance city council announced its budget proposition.

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