Big stadium plans afoot in Aarhus

Loïc Padovani
December 21st, 2022

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The Arena of the Forest stadium will give Denmark a 24,000 all-seater that will boost the country’s tournament hosting ability

According to plans, the stadium will be ready in 2026 (photo: ZHA)

Following years of discussions, Denmark’s second-biggest city is finally going to get a much-needed stadium upgrade.

Superliga side AGF Aarhus’ new stadium project, ‘The Arena of the Forest’ will give Denmark a state-of-the-art 24,000 all-seater that will boost the country’s stadium portfolio and tournament hosting capacity.

The stadium will be designed by London-based architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects, which has designed the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics and the Al Janoub Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Demolition of the current AGF stadium, Ceres Park, is set to start in December 2023, with the new stadium replacing it in 2026. Aarhus will have to play in another stadium until it is completed.

AGF and Aarhus Municipality wanted a place which could keep the area’s cultural history. Ceres Park was built in the 1920s.

The project will cost 650 million kroner, with AGF with contributing around 150 million and the municipality footing the remainder of the bill.


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