This is Friends Arena

Friends Arena, Sweden’s new National stadium (and one of the world’s most modern stadiums to date) officially opened on October 27th 2012. The venue has perfect sightlines (from all seats), the latest technology and modern hospitality offerings enabling guests to experience unforgettable moments (the greatest live moments in sports and entertainment.) Friends Arena is Sweden’s largest indoor stadium with a capacity of 65 000 and the only stadium to date with a retractable roof. Supported by Swedbank, the stadium is named after Friends, an organization dedicated to prevent bullying in schools and sports. The stadium is the home of Sweden’s national football team and AIK Football Club. 

Quick facts

Friends Arena has a capacity of 65 000 for concerts and 50 000 for sport events.

The stadium can be scaled down to accomplish a more intimate setting to host smaller events with a capacity of approximately 10 000 guests.

Friends Arena is Sweden’s largest indoor stadium and the only one to date with a retractable roof. The two movable roof tiles measure 3750 square metres each and can be opened or closed in 20 minutes.

The facility can host all kind of events that require specific flooring; grass, gravel, ice and chips. Football games are played on natural turf and the pitch measures 105 x 68 metres.

The different food and beverage outlets can serve 14 cubic metres of beer during a single event. The stadium does not lack bathrooms, which sometimes is a common area of congestion in other venues. (There are in total 724 bathroom stalls , 392 urinals and 519 sinks.)

The venue features an extensive wireless network that enables 30 000 guests to stream HD video simultaneously and connect to the Internet. The media cube that hangs from the center of the ceiling measures over 240 square metres.

647 LED-screens are installed throughout the facility to enhance the guest experience.

The facade can be lit up in 17 millions different color schemes (shades).

The stadium has plenty of space backstage for loading, storage and other back of the house functions. For example, the backstage concourse can house a temporary stable with 240 stalls during horse events.

The concourse back of the house also features a two lane road to make for an efficient load in and load out process. 

Supported by the namingright holder Swedbank, Friends Arena is named after Friends, an organization dedicated to prevent bullying in schools and sports. 

Pictures

For pictures of the arena, please visit our press room at http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/friendsarena/image/list