New stadium: The paradise island of Norway

source: StadiumDB.com

New stadium: The paradise island of Norway This would have been a regular football field if it wasn’t one of the most uniquely located at the same time. Created in rocks, it offers stunning views whichever way you look!

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Surely we wouldn’t have added this stadium to our database if it wasn’t for its site. It’s got no stands, so its capacity is basically all the asphalt poured around the field. How many people could safely fit there? Very likely more than we suggest (500), but then the population of Henningsvær isn’t even that high, so we feel safe with 500.

Henningsvaer Stadion

The stadium itself offers synthetic field and floodlighting for evening games, though of course it wouldn’t suffice for TV broadcast. TV or not, it’s enough to allow the amateur club Henningsvær IL to train four groups of local kids!

Henningsvaer Stadion

And finally we get to the location. The Lofoten archipelago is a real treasure of Norway with tourists from around the world admiring the landscape. Now it’s also a groundhopping destination, because in recent years photos of this stadium made rounds in media around the world, even seeing FIFA president Gianni Infantino announce he’d like to make a visit. The stadium has been admired from England to Thailand and it’s not as if the Thai didn’t have island football…

Henningsvaer StadionFot: Karol Bartnik (cc: by-nc)

This “viral stadium” lies literally at the end of the road and only since 1983 has Henningsvær been accessible by road. The stadium was built by leveling solid bedrock of the southernmost part of the Hellandsøya island, resulting in a very rough landscape, decorated by overwhelming number of stockfish racks for dried cod. Ironically enough for a fishing village, the racks are the only thing preventing the ball from landing in cold sea waters surrounding the place.

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