New football stadium
On the 23rd of August 2012 the new football stadium in Växjö will be opened. It will be called after it sponsor, so the official name will be Myresjö Arena. It will hold 12 000 spectators, including 2000 standing.
Öster will be the home team here, but the stadium is built according to Uefa rules, so also international games can take place here. It will be one of the stadiums used for the European championships 2013 for women.
When I passed the stadium in January 2012 the walls of the stands were up, but there is still a lot of work left. Looks very promising though, and I really will do my very best to get back here again and see a game in the future. Hopefully Öster can take a step up to the Allsvenskan too, now playing in the second division.
The stadium is one of many in a very small area in the western part of Växjö. Within just a few hundred meters you find, you will within a year find two football stadiums, one ice hockey stadium, one indoor stadium for atletics, one outdoor stadium for atletics, one floor ball stadium and also areas for curling, boule and badminton.
Värendsvallen football stadium
Being me I prefer a football game over an ice hockey game 8 days a week, so I'm happy that there is a football stadium and a football club in Växjö too. Two stadiums soon to be actually.
Östers IF is one of the classic football clubs in Sweden, but now haven't won the league since 1981. The last few years they have mostly played in the second, and even third, division.
Their current stadium is Värendsvallen, an old stadium that looks like it was built in the former Eastern Europe during the 1960s... I was here for the first time in 1994, just months after Sweden won the bronze medal in the World Cup in USA. I still remember that I ran into the Swedish manager Tommy Svensson, who is from Växjö, outside the stadium. :)
That was my first real away game with my favourite team, and will always remain a nice memory.
The stadium have a main stand with roof, while the supporters (both home and away) are standing on the other side. The short sides of the stadium hardly have any stands.
Värendsvallen was built in 1966, and can hold up to 14 000 spectators. More than enough for Öster, who unfortunately isn't as popular among the locals as they once were.
Earlier there was also the Old Värendsvallen, but that "stadium" was destroyed to leave space for the new one in 2010.
Also Värendsvallen will soon be without a football team, as Öster is moving to the new football stadium at the end of August 2012.
Next to it there is also the old indoor football stadium.
Equipment: Öster are playing in red and blue, mostly in red. So if you wanna look like a home supporter, bring something in those colors. But then again the supporters aren't very hardcore, so most of them are just wearing casual clothes.
Växjö is starting to become something of a sport center in this part of the country. Within just a few hundred meters there are new stadiums for football, floor ball, swimming, curling and ice hockey.
The crown jewel of the stadiums are (at least until the new football stadium is done) Vida Arena, the hockey stadium.
Växjö Lakers sensationally took the step up to the Swedish Elitserien (first division) for the season 2011/12, and that was also the season when the new stadium was ready to be used.
It can hold 5329 spectators during hockey and was opened on the 17th of September 2011.
Doesn't look amazing from the outside, but inside it's very nice.
I was here to see Lakers meet Djurgården and was impressed by the atmosphere. The supporters in the curva made a lot of noice during the whole game and every now and then managed to get the rest of the stadium joining them too.
Vida Arena lays central, but still a bit outside the city center. Takes about 5 minutes to drive from the Cathedral and other central sites. But still is possible to walk there.
Being a new stadium and a popular team it's not very good to arrive two minutes before the start of the game. Tickets should be bought, preferably online, earlier.
Prices are honestly pretty expensive. To stand in the curva with the home supporters it will cost you 15 euro. If you want a seat in the middle instead it will cost you 40 euro... There are tickets for 30 euro too.
Season goes on from september to April, depending if they reach the playoff or not.
Equipment: Lakers changed their symbol and colors ahead of their first season in the Elitserien, so now they play in blue and orange. Match shirts replicas can be bought through their web shop for the interesting price of 80 euro...
There are cheaper stuff too, thankfully.
Tickets can be bought through www.webbiljett.se/vaxjolakers.
Växjö half marathon
Every 1 May there is the Växjöloppet which not only has a half marathon distance but also a 10 or 4,5 kilometre course for you and which attracts people from all over Sweden, There are also a couple of courses for children in the Lilla Växjöloppet, and if you think you recognise the functionnare in the picture, it is not Olympic pentathlon winner Carolina Klüft but indeed her sister - they both belong to the organising club even if Carolina herself has left town these days.
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Växjö Tennis Club is today even bigger than before thanks to time and money from Mats Wilander, the local star who sadly lives abroad these days but hasn't forgot his first days with the racket. Magnus Larsson is another of Växjö's familiar international names if you are into tennis and Stefan Edberg lives in next door Alvesta so he has also greatly contributed to the realisation of the Tennis Academy.
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