Club: F.C. København | Opening: 1992 | Capacity: 38,065 seats
History and description
Parken is the largest football stadium in Denmark, the home of F.C. København (also FCK or FC Copenhagen), and the standard playing venue of the Danish national team.
Parken was built on the site of Denmark’s previous national stadium, Idrætspark, which had stood there since 1911. Demolition of the old stadium started in 1990, with the new stadium finished in 1992.
Only the old main stand remained part of the new stadium, but because the pitch had turned 90 degrees became one of the short ends. Furthermore the 16 bottom rows of seats were removed to be make space for a stage to host concerts. An extensive renovation made it fit in with the new stands.
The new stadium officially opened on the 1st of September 1992 and was renamed Parken as this was how the old stadium was already referred to by most people anyway.
In 1994 Parken hosted the Cup Winners’ Cup final between Arsenal and Parma (1-0), and six years later, in 2000, the UEFA Cup final between Galatasaray and again Arsenal (0-0).
Between 2007 en 2009 the remaining old stand was demolished and replaced with a new stand. This reduced capacity of the stadium, but increased the number of corporate and VIP facilities.
Parken is located north of Copenhagen’s city centre, about 4 kilometres from the main rail station and 2.5 kilometres from the northern parts of the city centre, the Kastellet citadel, and the little mermaid statue.
Parken is located at walking distance from Østerport train station. Trains leave from Copenhagen’s main rail station every few minutes for the 6-minute journey to Østerport. From there follow the main artery Østerbrogade north to get to the stadium. The walk will take about 15 minutes.
From the main rail station one can also take bus 15 to get to the stadium. Take the bus in the direction of Østerbro (Ryparken), and, after a 15-minute ride, get off at stop Parken.
From City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) one can take bus 14 in the direction of Svanemøllen (Sløjfen). Get off at stop Trianglen and walk 10 minutes over the Øster Allé north towards the stadium. Line 1A and 3A also stop at Trianglen.
Address: Per Henrik Lings Allé 2, 2100 København Ø
Eat, drink, and sleep
Parken is located in a predominantly residential area. It is bordered by the large Fælledparken park, which is very pleasant on a summer’s day and holds a few cafés.
The Østerbrogade avenue, which runs east of the stadium, is lined with shops and the occasional bar, café, and restaurant. Obviously, the options pale in comparison with those in Copenhagen’s city centre.
Hotel Rye is situated a small walk from the stadium. It is a basic hotel that get decent reviews. First Hotel Østerport is a rather similar alternative that is located near Østerport train station, and therefore also at walking distance from the city centre. For all hotels near Parken click here.
Tickets for FCK games can be bought in pre-sale online, or on matchdays at the gates of the stadium. FCK hardly ever sells out a game.
Tickets cost either DKK 110.00 for a seat behind the goal, or DKK 140.00 or DKK 150.00 for a seats at the long sides. Tickets are DKK 20.00 cheaper if bought in in pre-sale.
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Relevant Internet links
FCK.dk – Official website of F.C. København.
Parken.dk – Official website of Parken.
Visitcopenhagen.com – Copenhagen tourist information.
Moviatrafik.dk – Information about Copenhagen bus travel.
Rejseplanen.de – Public transport journey planner.