Intility Arena

Intility Arena[2], also referred to as Vålerenga Stadion, is an association football stadium in Oslo, Norway. The stadium is the home stadium for the Vålerenga Fotball, currently playing in the Eliteserien, and it has a seating capacity of 16,555 people.[1]

The stadium plans were accepted by the city council of Oslo in 2014 and by EEA in June 2015. Construction started in August 2015, and the stadium opened in September 2017.[3] The stadium was initially called Vålerenga kultur- og idrettspark.

Intility Arena
Valle Hovin, Valle
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Facade west, January 2017
LocationValle Hovin, Oslo, Norway
Coordinates59°55′4″N 10°48′25″E / 59.91778°N 10.80694°ECoordinates: 59°55′4″N 10°48′25″E / 59.91778°N 10.80694°E
Public transit
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Helsfyr
OwnerVålerenga kultur- og idrettspark AS, owned by Vålerenga Fotball
OperatorVålerenga kultur- og idrettspark AS
Capacity16,555[1]
15,389 (International capacity)
Record attendance17,011 (Vålerenga vs Sarpsborg 08, 10 September 2017)
Field size105 by 68 metres (115 by 74 yd)
SurfaceArtificial grass
Construction
Broke ground2015
Opened9 September 2017
ArchitectLille Frøen AS
Tenants
Vålerenga Fotball (2017–)

History

Early grounds

From the 1960s till the 1980s and a short period in the end of the 1990s Bislett Stadion was Vålerenga's home ground. Bislet Stadion also hosted speed skating and track and field events in addition to football, and hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics. Poor conditions and maintenance of Bislett forced Vålerenga to move to Ullevaal and a groundshare with FK Lyn.

Planning

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Aerial view of Intility Arena.

After Vålerenga moved from Bislett Stadion plans for building their own ground were conceived, but poor results on the field combined with financial problems kept those plans at bay for a few years. After the second place in 2004 and the league title in 2005 as well as business man John Fredriksen's deletion of the club's debt in 2003, the talks of building a ground for Vålerenga resurfaced.

Following a press statement made on 15 May 2008, Vålerenga announced that they will be moving home to Valle Hovin after purchasing the area of the proposed stadium for the symbolic sum of 1 Norwegian Krone. In late 2014, the plans were accepted by the city council of Oslo.[4] On 10 June 2014, the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority accepted the plans for the stadium.[3]

Construction and opening

The foundation stone of the new stadium was laid on 29 July 2015, the club's 102th anniversary.[5] Construction started in the summer of 2015.[3]

The first game at the stadium was played on 9 September 2017 and was a women's Toppserien game Vålerenga Damer won 2–0 against Kolbotn.[6] The men's opening game was played on the following day, 10 September 2017, an Eliteserien game Vålerenga lost 1–2 against Sarpsborg 08.[7] The record attendance of 17,011 spectators dates from this game.

Naming rights

In October 2017, Norwegian technology company Intility reached an agreement with Vålerenga to buy the stadium's naming rights for ten years. The deal saw the stadium's name change to Intility Arena.

Transport

The stadium will be served by several stations on the Oslo Metro. Helsfyr Station is the closest station, approximately 500 metres away from Valle Hovin. Ensjø Station and Hasle Station are both approximately one kilometre away.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "FAKTA OM INTILITY ARENA" [Facts About the Intility Arena]. VIF-Fotball.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Vålerenga får grønt lys, starter stadionbygging til høsten" (in Norwegian). vkip.no. Retrieved 12 Jun 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Sørgjerd, Christian (10 Jun 2015). "Vålerenga får grønt lys, starter stadionbygging til høsten" (in Norwegian). Osloby.no. Retrieved 10 Jun 2015.
  4. ^ Eriksen, Per Øivind (11 Feb 2015). "Det nærmer seg byggestart for Vålerenga Stadion på Valle Hovin men stadion blir enklere enn tidligere vist på bilder" (in Norwegian). Ensjo.org. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Grunnsteinen til vålerenga stadion legges" (in Norwegian). vif-fotball.no. 29 Jul 2015. Retrieved 1 Aug 2015.
  6. ^ "Vålerenga 2-0 Kolbotn". www.fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Vålerenga 1-2 Sarpsborg 08". www.fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

External links

2017 Eliteserien

The 2017 Eliteserien was the 72nd completed season of top-tier football in Norway. The season began on 1 April 2017 and ended on 26 November 2017, not including play-off matches. Rosenborg were the defending champions, while Kristiansund and Sandefjord entered as the promoted teams from the 2016 1. divisjon.

The 2017 season saw the name of the league change from Tippeligaen (named after sponsor Norsk Tipping) to Eliteserien, a non-sponsor affiliated name controlled by the Football Association of Norway. Rosenborg won their third consecutive title and 25th top-flight title overall, with two games to spare. Rosenborg conceded only 20 goals during the season, a league record.

2017 Vålerenga Fotball season

Vålerenga Fotball is a Norwegian association football club from Oslo. They play their home games at Ullevaal Stadion which has a capacity of 28,972. During the 2017 campaign they competed in Tippeligaen and the Norwegian Cup.

2018 Eliteserien

The 2018 Eliteserien was the 73rd completed season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season began on 11 March and ended 24 November 2018, not including play-off matches. Fixtures for the 2018 season were announced on 19 December 2017. Rosenborg were the defending champions, while Bodø/Glimt, Start and Ranheim entered as the promoted teams from the 2017 1. divisjon.

Rosenborg won their fourth consecutive title, their 26th top-flight title overall, with one match to spare following a 1–0 away win against Start on 11 November 2018.

2018 FK Haugesund season

The 2018 season is Haugesund's 9th season in the Tippeligaen following their promotion in 2009.

2018 SK Brann season

The 2018 season is Brann's third season back in Eliteserien since their relegation at the end of the 2014 season.

2018 Vålerenga Fotball season

The 2018 season was Vålerenga's 17th consecutive year in the top flight now known as Eliteserien. They finished sixth in the Eliteserien and reached the Quarterfinal's of the Cup where they were knocked out by Rosenborg.

2019 Eliteserien

The 2019 Eliteserien is the 74th season of top-tier football in Norway.

The season began on 30 March and is scheduled to end 30 November 2019, not including play-off matches. Fixtures for the 2019 season were announced on 19 December 2018.Rosenborg are the defending champions. Viking and Mjøndalen joined as the promoted clubs from the 2018 1. divisjon. They replaced Sandefjord and Start who were relegated to the 2019 1. divisjon.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3

UEFA Group 3 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Norway, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, and Northern Ireland. The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 15 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019 Norwegian Football Cup

The 2019 Norwegian Football Cup will be the 114th season of the Norwegian annual knock-out football tournament. It will begin with qualification matches in March and April 2019. The first round is scheduled to be played on 1 May 2019 and the tournament will end with the Final being held on 8 December 2019.

2019 Toppserien

The 2019 Toppserien is the 33rd season of the highest women's football league in Norway. LSK Kvinner entered the season as the defending champions.

Battle of Oslo (football)

The Battle of Oslo (Norwegian: Kampen om Oslo) or the Oslo Derby is the name given to football matches between Lyn Fotball and Vålerenga Fotball, both of them from Oslo, the capital of Norway.

List of Eliteserien venues

The Eliteserien is the top association football league in Norway. It was established in 1963 as the 1. divisjon and has consisted of between 10 and 16 teams. Fifty-six different venues have been used to host matches.

List of football stadiums in Norway

The following is a list of football stadiums in Norway, ordered by capacity.

Note that some stadiums used for lower-division football might have their capacity reduced if they were to be used in higher divisions, where higher standards could be required. For instance, only few arenas in lower divisions are all-seater stadiums. Moreover, as capacity crowds are rarely an issue in lower divisions, some of the figures are likely to be rough estimates.

Stadiums of a certain size as well as those hosting notable Norwegian football clubs are included. The main stadiums of all Norwegian towns and cities of more than 10,000 inhabitants are included.

A selection of former Norwegian football stadiums, which have been demolished or fundamentally redesigned, or that are not in use for football as of 2013:

Krohnsminde (stands demolished)

Kråmyra Stadion (demolished)

Old Fredrikstad Stadion (demolished)

Stavanger Stadion (not in use)

Telenor Arena (redesigned, not in use)

Voldsløkka Stadion (not in use)

Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Toppserien

The Toppserien is the top level of women's association football in Norway. It was founded in 1984.

Valle-Hovin

Valle-Hovin is a neighborhood in Oslo, Norway, best known for the sports and music venue of the same name.

It consists of two neighborhoods with unclear boundaries, Valle and Hovin. Valle was a farm under Nonneseter but was bought by privates in 1765; the farm Hovin was probably under Torshov, then under Oslo Cathedral before the Reformation. It was bought by privates in 1664. The farms Valle and Hovin were both bought by Oslo Municipality in 1915. The municipality planned to use the area for an airfield in the 1930s, but in the 1960s it was decided to create the sports complex Valle Hovin. It is also used for larger musical shows. In 2001 the indoor arena, mostly for soccer, Vallhall Arena was opened. In 2017, Vålerengas new stadium, Intility Arena was opened.The area was also built up during the 1950s, mostly with apartment blocks. The area is served by Helsfyr station on the Oslo Metro.

Vivianne Miedema

Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑnaː mɑrɣaːˈreːtaː maːˈrinaː ˈʔɑstrɪt ˈmidəmaː]; born 15 July 1996), commonly known as Vivianne Miedema ([viviˈjɑnə]), is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the Netherlands women's national football team. She has scored more goals at international level for the Netherlands than any other player, across both the women’s and men’s teams.

Vålerenga Fotball

Vålerenga Fotball (Norwegian pronunciation: [²voːlərəŋɑ] or [²voːɽəŋɑ] (listen)) is a Norwegian association football club from Oslo and a part of the multi-sport club Vålerengens IF. Founded in 1913, the club is named after the neighbourhood of Vålerenga. Vålerenga's home ground is Intility Arena, located in Valle-Hovin. Vålerenga are five-time league champions and four-time Norwegian Football Cup champions, having last won the league in 2005 and the cup in 2008.

Vålerenga Fotball Damer

Vålerenga Fotball Damer is the women's football branch of Vålerenga Fotball. The team plays in Toppserien, Norway.

The team first won promotion to Toppserien in 2011 after earning promotion from the First Division. This made Vålerenga the third Norwegian club with both a men's team and a women's team in the top-tier league, and the first club to have its own women's team win promotion to Toppserien, as the two other clubs, Stabæk Fotball and Lillestrøm SK, inherited another club's women's team.

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