High class Football games in the centre of town!
Swedish Premier League club GIF Sundsvall. The Sundsvall team nicknamed "Giffarna" managed to take the important step to reach the Allsvenskan after winning Division 1 in 1999.
The club was founded in 1903 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in August 2003.
We are still waiting for our first championships title. Best result so far is: 5 (in 1988). GIF Sundsvall has won no cup titles yet.
In July 2004 the arena was equipped with artificial grass of the most modern type to this day in Sweden. The Idrottsparken is now one of the most exclusive arenas in Sweden! The arena is also used for conserts. The all time record event so far in the history of Sundsvall was being held in August 2004. 24 000 (!) attended the consert with the band Gyllene Tider. (Per Gessle from Roxette). The record for a football game is from 1961 when 16507 visited the arena to see GIF play Högadal. The capacity today is 8500
Equipment: Before the game & how to get to the arena
If you arrive from abroad in Stockholm you can travel north to Sundsvall by car (4-5 hours, 400 km), by high speed train (3 hours) or by bus (5 hours) or by air (45-50 minutes). The Sundsvall airport, Midlanda, is located 30 km north from Sundsvall. Buses are for sure the cheapest alternative but also the most uncomfortable option.
Before the home games, fans always get together at the O´learys sports bar in the Sundsvall main street, Storgatan. Fans gather 2 hours before kick off.
The bar is located right in the middle of town and only some 300 meters from the arena. The stadium (built 2001-2002) has a capacity to serve 8500 attendants and it is a visible landmark in the heart of Sundsvall.
You can buy your tickets by contacting GIF Sundsvall. Phone: +46-60-66 37 70 or visit the arena 2 hours before kick off on match day, where it may be possible to purchase non sold tickets. Welcome to our games!
Peter Forsberg, Colorado Avalanche, NHL
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, NHL
Tomas Brolin, former world cup star and player of Parma, Italy
Average number of attendands for the
season 2004: 6270 persons.
season 2003 : 5674 persons
season 2002 : 6475 persons.
By: Anders Thorsell
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If you want to see hockey games in the winter, you can take the bus to Timra and root for the local team - the Red Eagles. Hockey merchandise and souvenirs (hockey sweaters, t-shirts, scarves, little mascots, etc) are available for sale at the arena, and food is available too, but like in most sports events, everything is overpriced. There are cheerleaders at the game, and a light show when the players enter the rink.
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There is a ski hill at Sodra Berget where you can ski and snowboard. There is also cross-country skiing. But girls, don't expect to meet a tall, blond, Swedish athlete there. The majority of the Swedish boys at the ski hill range in age from 3 to 12! There are lots of children at the ski hill, and they're so cute in their full-length snowsuits and head-to-toe ski/snowboard equipment! But if you fall off the ski lift, be prepared for them to laugh at you!
Equipment: If you don't have your own snowboard/skis, you can rent them there. There is a little cabin near the hill where you can rent equipment and get a day pass for the ski lift.
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There is an indoor swimming pool in Sundsvall. It's not expensive to get in. You can swim laps, or bring your kids to play in the pool. There is also a sauna and a solarium (though I highly disagree with using tanning booths - it's skin cancer in a box!). In the summer, the indoor pool is closed and you can swim in the river instead.
Equipment: Bring your swimsuit and anything else you use for swimming. If you need to buy anything, there are a few sports stores in town where you can buy swimsuits, swim goggles, etc.
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