Parken Stadium
Parken Stadium ( English: the Park) is a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro ( Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990”“1992. It currently has a capacity of 38,065 for football games, and is the home ground of F.C. Københaven and the Danish 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 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 November 14, 1990, and on September 9, 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 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 June 2 2007, Parken was the venue for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack.

Notable matches

Concert venue
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. Once a year, the TV channel TV 2 Zulu organizes a big concert, Zulu Rocks. Musicians like Pink, Madonna, Britney Spears, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Tiesto, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, U2, 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, Paul McCartney, and Michael Jackson have performed at Parken. The biggest concert ever held in Parken was a performance by Michael Jackson on August 14, 1997, during his HIStory tour, with 60,000 tickets sold. Eminem was scheduled to perform at Parken in 2005, but he canceled his European tour.

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Competition Spectators 1994-05-04 Arsenal 1”“0 Parma 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final 33,765 2000-05-17 Galatasaray 0”“0 ( p4-1) Arsenal 2000 UEFA Cup Final 38,919 2005-10-08 Denmark 1”“0 Greece 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual. group 2 42,099 (stadium record) 2006-04-06 F.C. Copenhagen 1”“0 Lillestrøm Royal League 2005-06 final 13,617 2006-04-30 F.C. Copenhagen 0”“0 Brøndby Danish Superliga 2005-06 41,201 (league record) 2007-06-02 Denmark UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier fan attack Sweden UEFA Euro Qual. group F 42,083


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