Not to be confused with Gamla Ullevi.
Location Gothenburg, Sweden
Coordinates 57°42′21″N 11°59′14″E / 57.70583°N 11.98722°E / 57.70583; 11.98722Coordinates: 57°42′21″N 11°59′14″E / 57.70583°N 11.98722°E / 57.70583; 11.98722
Owner Higab
Operator Got Event
Capacity 43,000
75,000 for concerts
Field size 105 × 66 m
Surface Grass
Opened 29 May 1958
Architect Sten Samuelsson and Fritz Jaenecke
1958 FIFA World Cup
1995 World Championships in Athletics
2006 European Athletics Championships
1959, 1971, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012 Finland-Sweden Athletics International
UEFA Euro 1992
2004 UEFA Cup Final

Ullevi, sometimes known as Nya Ullevi (Swedish: [(ˈnyːa) ˈɵlːəviː], New Ullevi), is a multi-purpose stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was built for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, but since then Ullevi has also hosted the World Allround Speed Skating Championships six times, the 1995 World Championships in Athletics and the 2006 European Athletics Championships, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1983 and 1990, the UEFA Euro 1992 final, the UEFA Cup final in 2004, and annually hosted the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup—the world's largest football tournament in terms of the number of participants. IFK Göteborg has also played two UEFA Cup finals at the stadium, in 1982 and 1987, but then as home game in a home and away final. The stadium hosted several events, like football, ice hockey, boxing, racing, athletics and concerts.

The stadium is one of the biggest in the Nordic countries, with a seating capacity of 43,000 and a total capacity of 75,000 for concerts.



The ground opened for the 1958 FIFA World Cup held across Sweden. It hosted four matches in Group D, including a play-off.[1] It also held a quarter-final, a semi-final and the third-place match.

The stadium'srecord attendance, for football, is 52,194 and was set on 3 June 1959, when Örgryte IS played against IFK Göteborg.

The stadium hosted the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, which saw Scotland's Aberdeen beat Spanish giants Real Madrid 2–1 after extra time.

It was also the venue for the first game between NFL teams to be played on the European continent, organised by Swedish motor company Volvo. In a pre-season game on 14 August 1988, the Minnesota Vikings won 28-21 against the Chicago Bears.[2]

The 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was also held at the stadium. It saw Sampdoria of Italy defeat Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 after extra-time.[3]

Ullevi held three Group B matches at UEFA Euro 1992[4] as well as a semi-final, and the final itself on 26 June in which Denmark won the trophy against Germany.

The 2004 UEFA Cup Final was held at the stadium on 19 May of that year. Valencia of Spain defeated Marseille of France 2-0.[5]


Ullevi nearly collapsed during a famous Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985, due to the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people in the audience and the clay soil on which the stadium is built. The concert also caused nearly £3 million in damages, while David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in June 1987 was relocated from Ullevi to Eriksberg because of fears about the safety of the structure.[6] Since then, the concrete pillars supporting the stadium have been extended down to the bedrock. Springsteen has performed at the stadium on subsequent tours.

Michael Jackson came to Ullevi on August, 16 1997 as part of his HIStory World Tour too, with a crowd of 50,000 people.

Elton John hosted a sell-out concert in 1998. It was part of the Face-To-Face Tour with Billy Joel, but Joel was unable to perform, due to illness. Elton John played for over three hours.

The "big four" of thrash metal (Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Metallica) played in the stadium on 3 July 2011.

U2 performed at the stadium four times: the first one was on 2 August 1997 during their PopMart Tour, in front of a crowd of 46,658 people. The second one was on 29 July 2005 during their Vertigo Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 58,478 people. The third and the fourth were on 31 July and 1 August 2009 during their U2 360° Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 119,297 people. The performance of "The Unforgettable Fire" from the first 2009 show was recorded for the group's live album U22.

Foo Fighters performed at the venue on 12 June 2015 on the Sonic Highways World Tour. However, Dave Grohl fell off stage during the second song of the concert, which led to him suffering a broken leg. Grohl was treated in the stadium before returning to the stage to continue the rest of the concert, albeit while sitting down in a chair while a medic applied a cast. Despite Grohl's injuries, the band was able to complete the concert.

Iron Maiden performed at the stadium four times: the first one was on 9 July 2005 during their Eddie Rips Up the World Tour. The second time was on 26 July 2008 during their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour. The third time was on 1 July 2011 during The Final Frontier World Tour. The fourth time was on 17 June 2016 during The Book of Souls World Tour.


Since March 2007, Ullevi has one of Sweden's largest solar power plants, consisting of 600m² of solar photovoltaic panels situated on the roof of the luxury boxes section. The top effect is 86.4 kW and the yield is supposed to cover the total power used by the artificial lighting used for events, with a surplus.[7]


Ullevi has also hosted Motorcycle speedway and hosted the Speedway World Championship on no less than eight occasions, second only to the old Wembley Stadium in London, England which hosted the World Final a record 26 times. The track is a dirt surface laid out over the athletics track and is officially 404 metres (442 yards) long with a track record of 69.4 seconds (4 laps clutch start).[8]

The first Championship World Final to be held at Ullevi was the inaugural Speedway World Team Cup competition in 1960. Led by reigning world champion Ove Fundin and his team mates Olle Nygren, Rune Sörmander and Björn Knutsson, Sweden swept to victory over England, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Ullevi would have wait 26 years before World Team Cup competition returned with the stadium hosting the first round of the three round 1986 Final.

The first ever Individual World Final staged at Ullevi was in 1964 when New Zealand's Barry Briggs won with a 15-point maximum. The largest attendance for a World Final at Ullevi occurred in 1974 when 38,390 turned out to see Sweden's own Anders Michanek win his only World Championship with an unbeaten 15 point maximum. No World Championship winners at Ullevi dropped more than one point in their five rides with five of the seven World Finals being won with a 15-point maximum. The stadium also hosted other qualifying rounds for the Individual World Final including the inaugural running of the Intercontinental Final in 1975 won by New Zealand legend Ivan Mauger.

Since the World Championship was changed in 1995 from a single meeting Final to the Speedway Grand Prix (SGP), Ullevi has hosted a round of the series in 2002, 2003, 2004 (Grand Prix of Scandinavia), 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Grand Prix of Sweden). No rider who has won a SGP at Ullevi has gone on to be that years World Champion, though 2011 Swedish Grand Prix winner Chris Holder from Australia did go on to become the 2012 World Champion.

Ullevi hosted its only World Pairs Championship Final in 1983 when Peter Collins and Kenny Carter won England's 6th Pairs crown.

Speedway World Finals

Individual World Championship

World Pairs Championship

World Team Cup

* Ullevi hosted the first of 3 rounds in the Final.

Speedway Grand Prix

Record attendances

The east stand of Ullevi during the 2006 European Athletics Championships

19 most attended concerts

# Event Attendance Date
1 Sweden Håkan Hellström 70,144 5 June 2016
2 Sweden Håkan Hellström 70,091 4 June 2016
3 Sweden Håkan Hellström 69,349 7 June 2014
4United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Wrecking Ball Tour
66,561 28 July 2012
5 United States P!nk
The Funhouse Summer Carnival
66,373 23 July 2010
6 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Wrecking Ball Tour
66,018 27 July 2012
7 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The River Tour 2016
64,959 23 July 2016
8 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Born in the U.S.A. Tour
64,312 8 June 1985
9 United States Metallica
2015 European Tour
63,000 22 August 2015
10 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The River Tour 2016
62,701 27 June 2016
11 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The River Tour 2016
62,676 25 June 2016
12 United States Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Born in the U.S.A. Tour
62,544 9 June 1985
13 United Kingdom David Bowie
Serious Moonlight Tour
61,206 11 June 1983
14 Republic of Ireland U2
U2 360° Tour
60,099 1 August 2009
15 United States Madonna
Sticky & Sweet Tour
59,600 9 August 2009
16 United States Madonna
Sticky & Sweet Tour
59,400 8 August 2009
17 Sweden Gyllene Tider
GT25 Summer Tour
58,977 7 August 2004
18 United Kingdom David Bowie
Serious Moonlight Tour
58,914 12 June 1983
19 United Kingdom Iron Maiden
Eddie Rips Up the World Tour
57,000 9 July 2005


One day events
# Event Attendance Date
1 Ingemar JohanssonEddie Machen
53,614 14 September 1958
2 IFK GöteborgÖrgryte IS
52,194 4 June 1959
3 SwedenDenmark
51,062 23 October 1960
4 Sweden – Göteborgsalliansen
50,989 29 May 1958
5 BrazilSoviet Union
50,928 15 June 1958
Multi day events
# Event Attendance Date
1 World Athletics Championships
592,240 4–13 August 1995
2 European Athletics Championships
269,038 6–13 August 2006
3 World Speed Skating Championships
Speed Skating
69,599 13–14 February 1971
4 Finnkampen
51,567 4–5 September 2004
5 Finnkampen
49,366 28–29 August 1971

Location and transportation

Ullevi is located on the eastern edge of Gothenburg's city centre and is one of the centre pieces of the event district Evenemangsstråket, with Scandinavium, Liseberg, Universeum, the Museum of World Culture and Bergakungen nearby. Public transport is easily accessible. There are two tram stops named after the stadium; Ullevi Norra (North) and Ullevi Södra (South). Both tram stops serve lines 6 (orange) and 8 (purple). Ullevi Södra also serves lines 2 (yellow) and 13 (beige), while Ullevi Norra also serves lines 1 (white) and 3 (blue). Approximately 700 metres west of Ullevi lies the Gothenburg Central Station and Nils Ericson Terminal. 900 metres south of Ullevi lies Korsvägen, a major public transport hub which serves more than fifteen different bus lines and several tram lines, and the Liseberg station serving the Gothenburg commuter rail.

The stadium has 650 parking spaces located in a garage underneath the pitch. Additionally visitors are guided to eighteen nearby parking lots and parking garages—with a total of 7,000 parking spaces—by the event districts parking guidance and information system.[9] The system has a total of 130 digital signs, located on motorways with information about which exit to use, and on streets in the city with more detailed information about directions and number of available parking spaces.[9]


  1. "World Cup 1958 Group D". Planet World Cup.
  2. Lohr, Steve (15 August 1988). "Sunday in Sweden: Vikings Beat Bears". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  3. "European Competitions 1989-90". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  4. "Euro '92 Standings". UEFA. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  5. "Valencia victorious in Gothenburg". UEFA. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  6. Currie, David (1987), David Bowie: Glass Idol (1st ed.), London and Margate, England: Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-1182-7
  7. "En av Sveriges största solcellsanläggning producerar grön el på Ullevi". Got Event. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  8. http://www.speedwayworld.tv/event/speedwaygp-2011-gothenburg
  9. 1 2 "Så prioriteras evenemangen som syns på skyltarna" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Road Administration. May 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
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