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Ullevi, Ullevi Stadium or Nya Ullevi as it is referred to by the inhabitants, meaning New Ullevi, to distinguish it from Gamla Ullevimarker (Old Ullevi), is a stadium in Gothenburgmarker, Swedenmarker. The stadium is also the biggest in Scandinavia. It was opened in 1958, its original use was as a venue for the 1958 World Cup. Since then, it has hosted numerous concerts and sports events, notably football, athletics, speedway and speed skating. It has an all-seated capacity of 43,000 and a total capacity of 60,000 for concerts.

The record attendance for football is 52,194 and was set on 3 June 1959, when IFK G√∂teborg played √Ėrgryte IS. A Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985 became legendary because Springsteen - with the help of a very enthusiastic audience - almost rocked the stadium to pieces, literally. As the city rests on a layer of clay, the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people was close to causing a structural collapse. Even though Bruce Springsteen has made several more visits since, it is unlikely he will manage to repeat his feat as the concrete pillars supporting the stadium have since been extended down to solid bedrock. The record for the stadium after being partially rebuilt was set by Swedish rock band Gyllene Tider on 7 August 2004, with an attendance of 58,977. Also, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden filmed their concert here in 2005, and have filled the venue at several times. During the 1980s, the stadium played host to the 1983 Uefa Cup Winners Cup final which saw Aberdeen beat Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time.

Ullevi was used for several matches in EURO 92, including the final. It also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1983 and 1990, and the UEFA Cup final in 2004. It is also the host for the opening ceremony and final games in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest football tournament. Ullevi was also the venue for the 2006 European Championships in Athletics.

Less known, it was also the venue for the first game between NFL teams ever played on the European continent, as Minnesota Vikings faced Chicago Bears, in a pre-season game, 14 August 1988.

Since March 2007 Ullevi has one of Sweden's largest solar power plants, consisting of 600 m¬≤ of solar photovoltaic panels situated on the roof of the luxury boxes section. The top effect is 86,4 kW and the yield is supposed to cover the total power used by the artificial lighting used for events, with a surplus.

Iron Maiden Ullevi Stadion 2008

Record attendance

Date Events Audience
August 14 1988 American football Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears
33 150
September 14 1958 Boxing Ingemar Johansson vs Eddie Machen
53 614
June 3 1959 Football IFK G√∂teborg-√Ėrgryte IS
52 194
May 20 1976 Football Div. II GAIS-IFK Göteborg
50 374
2002 Football youth Gothia Cup finals
28 710
September 4-5 2004 Athletics Finnkampen
51 567
two days
November 8 1962 Ice hockey Västra Frölunda IF-Djurgårdens IF
23 192
June 9 1984 Concert

Bob Dylan
65 118
July 8 1985 Concert

Bruce Springsteen
64 312
July 31, August 1 2009 Concert

U2
119,297
two days
August 8, 9 2009 Concert

Madonna
119,709
two days
August 7 2004 Concert

Gyllene Tider
58 977
August 31 1990 Motocross Ullevi Supercross
26 743
February 13-14 1971 Ice skating World cup
69 559
two days
September 16 1974 Motorcycle speedway World cup-final
38 390




Sir Elton John hosted a sell-out concert in 1998. It was part of the Face To Face tour with Billy Joel, but Billy Joel was unable to perform due to illness. Elton John played for over three hours. In August 2009, Madonna performed two dates at the stadium as part of her Sticky & Sweet Tour. Each date was attended by 60,000 fans for a total of 120,000 fans.

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