Stockholm Stadion is the oldest stadium in Stockholm, built and used for the Olympic Summer Games in Stockholm 1912.
The stadium should be re-built a bit during this winter, to be a bit more modern.
Djurgården-supporters stands on the long side, while there is also a sitting group of singing supporters at section F, on the other side of the stadium.
Away-supporters stand in a big sector in one of the curve.
Unfortunately, as it was used during the Olympics, the stadium has running-tracks around the pitch. That makes the arena much less genuine, and it’s not among my favourite-stadiums in Sweden.
Best seats for a e neutral should be on the long-side stand, as much in the middle as possible. If you want to stand up I suggest you go to the other side of the stadium, where you’ll find standing places, but still with quite good view.
Try to stand away from the curves, the away-section included, as you’ll have a couple of kilometers from there to the pitch…
During the club’s successful period, 2002-2003, they went on mass to the away-games. They were more common than not more than 1000-2000 persons on away games, while the home games at Stockholm Stadion was created with a fantastic atmosphere, both from the sitting and standing supporters.
But maybe the successful period came to quickly? New supporters invaded the stadium everytime Djurgården played, because they wanted to see a winning team. When Djurgården this season (2004) started to lose again, and playing worse, many of those new supporters stayed at home instead. On away games where Djurgården the last seasons has brought 2-3000 supporters, they suddenly came with 100-200 instead… And that fantastic atmosphere the supporters created during the last seasons were gone as quickly as it came.
Of course the decision from Djurgården and Stockholm community to move the home games, from Stockholm Stadium to worst rivals AIK’s home pitch Råsunda, against the will of the supporters, had something to do with the problems for the supporters. But definitely not all of it.
Next season, 2005, Djurgården is back at Stockholm Stadium. Will be really interesting to see what the supporters can make out of that situation.
There was earlier also an ultras-group, called “Ultras Sthlm”. But during the summer 2004 that group disappeared, after a long period of disagreements with the security staff at Djurgården’s games. The group were also the one that arranged all the choreographies at the games, and even if a new group have taken over that role, it hasn’t been the same.
As the AIK-supporters also Djurgården’s supporters had a very bad reputation during the 1990-ties. The supporter club Blue Saints had big problems with troublemakers and the worst thing was probably when a guy, nicknamed “Terror-Tommy” ran onto the pitch and kicked down referee Anders Frisk from behind in the autumn 1995.
They had also, in 1992, destroyed big parts of the seating-section at IFK Göteborg’s stadium, Gamla Ullevi, when their team got destroyed on the pitch.
Djurgården was penalized for the referee-incident, although very easy seeing it was a Stockholm-club (hrm…), and the supporters finally decided it was time to do something.
They started a new supporter-club, Järnkaminerna, and the older hooligans instead was integrated as stewards, to keep the calm during the games.
This worked out really well, and even if there still are fights now and then involving Djurgården-supporters, their reputation has grown much better the last 7-8 years.
Djurgårdens IF had for a long time been a team in the bottom of the table, going up and down between the first and second division in Sweden. But in the beginning of the 2000-ties, the board and the club decided that it was time for changes.
Manager-team Sören Åkeby and Zoran Lukic were hired, and the team started to play with a fast 4-3-3-system. Wellborn supporters, with millions and other millions of euro in the bank, got in and started an investment-company, that made sure that Djurgården easier could buy big name-players.
It went well immediately, the first year the club won the second division, and the second year (2002) they won the Swedish league. With new stars Kim Källström, Johan Elmander and goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson (bought from Juventus) the club was ready for Europe.
It didn’t go that easy though, as Partizan Belgrade was too tough in the qualification for the Champions League.
They won the league again though, and had another chance this summer (2004). Key-players as Källström, Isaksson and Elmander were now gone to other clubs in Europe though, and even if the club did two great games against Juventus they lost in the qualification round again. They then also lost against Dutch side Utrecht in the Uefa cup.
That may have been the last thing Europe have seen of Djurgården for a while, although they will still play in the Uefa cup next season, thanks to the victory in the Swedish Cup. But they ended just in fourth place in Allsvenskan, and the big stars aren’t playing for the club anymore.
If you will have a chance of a nice weather, you can spent some time in Djurgarden and let your body feel free..
In djurgarden there is a park where you can walk, rest and spent some time and also the Nordic Museum.
There is a ferry crossing from Gamla stan to the island of Djurgarden and it operates in every 20 minutes. The cost for person is around 2,- USD.
Go to Djurgardsbron to 'Skepp&Hoj'.
Here you can rent:all kinds of boats (such as kayaks, kanoes and rowing boats), bikes and in-line skates.
It's a wonderful, green area!
Djurgarden has a wonderful park to skate. And is great to go with your boat. You can also stop over for a pcknick at the water side.
Home of various must-see Sights such as
Vasamuseet the Wasa Museum, Gröna Lund the amusement park, which is also host of numerous concerts, Liljewalchs Konsthall the Liljewalch art hall, open air museum and zoological park of Skansen.
Take a bus or walk to Djurgarden and visit The garden of Rosendal.
They have deliscios pasterys, salads and sandwishes. If it's raining/snowing you can sit in the greenhouse-if not - sit in the garden. They also sell marmelade, lemonade on bottles, honey and more...
It's very popular, among all ages- especially in the weekends.
The perimeter boat cruise of Djurgaden. Skaansen itself and the Zoo
The zoo is open, many animals are caged but there is an area where they are not, and the lemurs were incredible, as well as small monkeys which appearred very tame and were 12 inches away...no cages! This little guy is about five inches long excluding tail and the species is the smallest in the world.
Skaansen is a fantactic outdoor museum, but there would have been more actiivity after April (in the summer)
On Djurgården you can find lots of outdoor activities.
'Gröna Lund' is the place for you if you want to have some fun. Amusementpark with some scaring attractions. If you're afraid of heights (like I am), don't even think about riding 'Fritt fall' (in english free falling), 80 metres of pure fear. But they also have a 6 metres 'Fritt fall' for children - more my kind of ride.
Vasa museum - take a look at the warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.
Rosendals Gardens and Castle - stroll in the beautiful garden and have a 'fika' at the outdoor-café. Yummy sandwiches and lovely flowers.
There are many more museums at Djurgården - Nordic Museum, Junibacken (Astrid Lindgren's world), Aquaria-Water museum etc.
This is the bridge you will cross over to get to the Vasar Museum, the Nordic Museum and other gardens. It gives a great view across the harbour.
See the park island Djurgarden or make a boat trip across the city. The views from the water are amazing and the most peaceful way to explore this city.
Here you have an amusement park called 'Gröna Lund', you have a Zoo called 'Skansen'. You also have two big museums, the Vasa and Nordiska.
Go and see the Skansen Zoo, Grona lund amusement park and the Vasa museum.
Grona lund amusment park is really good, well not compared to the ones in USA but anyway. Go there!