(A home game of Frölunda Gothenburg in the Ullevi football stadium in the 1960s)
I was just reading an article from the IIHF site on Sweden planning to host an outdoor game. I wonder if this will become the norm sooner or later from all leagues around the world. I know it’s only a matter of time before Russia tries this at one of their huge soccer stadiums and sets an attendance record.
GOTHENBURG – The Swedish Hockey League has approved the request from the Frölunda Indians to stage an outdoor game at the Ullevi stadium, the football arena which was Frölunda’s home venue until 1966. The game is planned for the 2009-2010 season and the choice of opponent is obvious – fierce rival Färjestad.
Frölunda confirmed the news on Thursday through its club director Mats Ahdrian. “We have been planning this for some years and we have received the approval from both our league and Färjestad,” said Ahdrian. “We want to do it as a manifestation of hockey and to set a new Swedish attendance record for hockey.”
Mats Ahdrian points out that all issues surrounding the event are not yet solved, but all involved parties are determined to go ahead with the project.
The game is planned for December, January or February during the 2009-2010 season.
Frölunda’s objective is to get 30,000 fans to the game. The world outdoor record for ice hockey was set in 2001 when the two US college teams, University of Michigan and Michigan State played in front of 74, 554 fans at the Spartans Stadium in Lansing.