FC Copenhagen is a Danish professional soccer club that plays its home matches at Parken Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Idraetsparken, the old national stadium of Denmark, was demolished between 1990 and 1992 to make way for Parken. Idrtsparken hosted its final national team match on November 14, 1990, a 0-2 defeat to Yugoslavia in a Euro 1992 qualifying match, and on September 9, 1992, Parken hosted its inaugural friendly match, a 1-2 loss to Germany.
In exchange for the Danish Football Association’s promise that all national matches would be played at Parken for 15 years, investors Baltica Finans A/S refurbished the stadium. Three of the original four stands had to be torn down and rebuilt, costing 640 million Danish kroner.
F.C. Copenhagen today owns the stadium as well as the nearby office buildings through the firm Parken Sport & Entertainment, which was formed after Baltica Finans sold the stadium to the club for 138 million DKK in 1998.
In the fall of 1993, Parken was added to UEFA’s list of four-star stadiums, making it eligible to host the Cup Winners’ Cup finals as well as the Europa League (then known as the UEFA Cup) finals. Parken, a 4-star stadium, is unable to host the UEFA Champions League final since it requires 50,000 seats, the largest club match in Europe.
A new stadium-covering Wi-Fi system, powered by Telia, was released on May 1. All attendees to any event at the stadium will receive free high-speed Wi-Fi as a result of the agreement. The stadium’s name was changed to Telia Parken on July 17, 2014, as part of a 7-year naming sponsorship arrangement.
On August 26, 2020, it was announced that the stadium’s name would be changed back to Parken five days later.