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Sarpsborg Stadion

The Sarpsborg Stadion is a football stadium in Sarpsborg, Norway. It is the home ground of Eliteserien club Sarpsborg 08.

The former multi-use venue hosted the Norwegian Athletics Championships in 1954 and 1960.[2] The venue hosted Norway national under-21 football team one matches, where Norway lost 1-3 against Sweden on 3 October 1972.[3] English Leeds United has visited the stadium twice. First they met Sarpsborg FK in the 1st round of the 1970-1971 Fairs Cup.[4] Leeds won 1-0, the goal scored by Peter Lorimer. Egil "Drillo" Olsen was one of Sarpsborg's players at the time. The second visit took place on July 13, 2006, when they met FK Sparta Sarpsborg.[5] The match ended 2-2, with Lorimer present,[6] but not playing. The stadium has been repeatedly modernised in recent years; a modernisation which began in 2000, when a new main stand were built. In 2009, new floodlights were installed and the grass pitch was replaced with an artificial turf. New stands were built in both the south and north end of the pitch between 2010 and 2016.[7][1] Sarpsborg 08's success in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League led to further upgrades and improvements.

The stadium's attendance record dates from 14 October 1945, when Fredrikstad and Lyn met in the first of two replays of the final of the 1945 Norwegian Cup. 18,000 spectators visited the match that ended with a 1-1 draw.[8] This was the penultimate Norwegian Cup final to be played outside Oslo.

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References

  1. ^ a b "Sarpsborg Stadion" (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg 08 FF. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Main Championships Men" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Athletics Association. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Norge Menn U21" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1970-71
  5. ^ BBC: Leeds, summer 2006
  6. ^ Peter Lorimer at Sarpsborg stadion in 2006
  7. ^ "S08 må betale tribunen selv". sa.no (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Norwegian cup 1945". RSSSF Norway. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 2019.

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