|280 (including 180 in 15 boxes) (VIP / business seats)|
|Renovations||2001, 2005, 2008|
|Record attendance||12,189 (Bodø - Viking Stavanger, Cup of Norway, 1975)|
|Address||Hålogalandsgata 1, 8006 Bodø|
Description: Aspmyra Stadion
Decision on the construction of a professional football stadium in Bodø was made in 1962, though it raised significant levels of skepticism. Part of the controversy was about location, eventually settled for Aspmyra, from which the ground’s name is derived. Grounbreaking took place in 1965 and the following year Aspmyra Stadion was ready for use.
Initially it was built as an athletic stadium with two stands placed on the sides, behind the running track. Smaller terrace was in the south, while the larger north one was topped by a covered and seated main grandstand for some 2,500 people.
It survived in this configuration until Bodø/Glimt decided to take over in late 1990s. In 1999 the municipality sold its primary stadium to the club, who demolished the running track and pledged to build a new athletic stadium somewhere else, not to leave local runners without a venue.
That same year construction began on new stands, eventually built on three sides. Plans were more impressive than what we can see now, but key features remain, like vast commercial spaces in the south stand or apartments in the west end. Those secondary uses were included to help finance the project, estimated to cost NOK 140 million.
Along with new stands and football-specific layout, new floodlight masts came. Well, new for Bodø, but new overall – they were bought from the national Ullevaal stadium. Later, by late 2005, artificial turf was installed to better cope with harsh northern winters.
Eventually the stadium was bought back by the municipality in 2011, easing the club that got into financial trouble after 2008 renovation. Those works were financed with grants that were deemed illegal a year later, forcing the team to return all funds.
In its history the stadium saw some memorable clashes, including ties against European greats like Napoli, Inter or Besiktas. But the all-time attendance record dates back to 1975, when a domestic cup game against Viking drew people even from distant parts of the country.
Norway: Fans a step further in legal pyrotechnics campaign
Once more supporters in Norway got their way as they have direct influence into what kind of pyrotechnics are allowed for stadium use. It takes years of responsibility, though.
Pyrotechnics: Norway, the promised land?
Last year began with difficult news for Norwegian fans – pyrotechnics were partly banned after two years of legal use. This year it's not the case, Norway remains Europe's most liberal country regarding the use of 'pyro'.
Norway: Pyrotechnics still partially banned
Despite declarations that flares will be allowed inside stands again if no incidents happen until the 5th round of Tippeligaen games, regulations still forbid fans from lighting them. But according to Vålerenga’s website talks are ongoing.
Norway: Stands to be set alight again?
If this weekend's fixtures go without interruptions, supporters will again be granted the chance to legally light pyrotechnics inside their stands. It's also possible that regulations will change permanently. Klanen.no report.
Norway: Pyrotechnics not (entirely) legal again
Behind closed doors, without any contact with supporters, Norwegian football association banned flares from Tippeligaen again, Aftenposten.no reads. No wonder fans aren’t quite happy about it.