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Viking Stadion

Viking stadion
Location Jåttåvågen, Stavanger
Owner Viking FK
Operator Viking FK
Record attendance 16,600 (vs Brann in 2007)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2003
Opened 1 May 2004
Construction cost € 20 million
Architect LINK signatur AS / NBBJ Design
Tenants
Viking FK (2004–present)

Viking Stadion is a football stadium, built at Jåttåvågen, in Stavanger, Norway. It was inaugurated in May 2004 and cost 160 million NOK to build (€ 20 million). 50 million NOK, plus the lot it was built on, was a gift from the municipality. It replaced Stavanger Stadion as the home stadium for Viking FK. Among the persons present at the official opening match were the coach of the Norwegian national football team Åge Hareide, Norwegian Idol winner Kjartan Salvesen and Kjell Inge Røkke.[2]

Viking stadion 17 September 2006

The stadium can also host large music concerts and events, and among the artists who have played in Viking Stadium are Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, Sissel Kyrkjebø & Plácido Domingo, The Eagles, KISS, Robbie Williams and Ylvis.

In 2006, the stadium was expanded beyond the original capacity of 15,000, and now fits 16,300 people. The record attendance is 16,600 when Viking met Brann on 24 June 2007.[1]

Right outside the stadium is Jåttåvågen Station, which serves the Jæren Commuter Rail.

The venue has hosted Norway national under-21 football team matches four times, playing 1–0 against Spain on 31 May 2006, 1–1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 6 September 2006, 2–2 against Slovakia on 10 June 2009 and 2–2 against Belgium on 10 November 2011.[3] In a 2012 survey carried out by the Norwegian Players' Association among away-team captains, Viking Stadion was found to be the league's fourth-best stadium, with a score of 4.27 on a scale from one to five.[4]

Attendance

Attendance
Season Avg Min Max Rank Ref
2004 12,450 10,041 15,300 4 [5]
2005 13,699 11,967 15,231 4 [6]
2006 13,910 11,351 16,251 3 [7]
2007 15,842 13,808 16,600 3 [8]
2008 15,377 14,439 16,500 3 [9]
2009 13,071 11,374 15,328 3 [10]
2010 11,529 9,939 14,283 4 [11]
2011 10,255 8,898 12,584 4 [12]
2012 9,894 7,541 13,443 4 [13]
2013 10,284 8,525 13,218 3 [14]

Future expansion

In 2009, Viking planned a further permanent expansion of the stadium. By adding a new upper tier to the south and east stands, the capacity would be increased to 22,000.[15][16][17] The plan was to have the expansion completed by 2016.

A decline in Viking's attendances did not deter plans in 2010.[18] Local politicians were skeptical about the expansion, but decided to commence a formal planning process.[19] By 2012, a continuing decline in attendances had made it obvious that the plans were not immediately viable.[20]

References

  1. ^ a b "Stadioninformasjon" (in Norwegian). Viking FK. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Norges fineste stadion - fotball - Dagbladet.no
  3. ^ "Norge Menn U21" (in Norwegian).  
  4. ^ "Lerkendal nest beste fotballbane" (in Norwegian).  
  5. ^ "Tilskuertall 2004". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tilskuertall 2005". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tilskuertall 2006". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tilskuertall 2007". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tilskuertall 2008". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tilskuertall 2009". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tilskuertall 2010". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tilskuertall 2011". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tilskuertall 2012". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Tilskuertall 2013". Norsk Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/norsk/artikkel.php?artid=572204
  16. ^ Slik blir Viking Stadion | Aftenbladet.no
  17. ^ LINK arkitektur AS
  18. ^ http://www.p4.no/story.aspx?id=351673
  19. ^ http://fotball.itromso.no/eliteserien/article158851.ece
  20. ^ http://fotball.bt.no/eliteserien/article237857.ece

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