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New Vålerenga Stadium opens in Oslo

Norway’s Vålerenga Football Club has played its first match at its new stadium in Oslo.

The 17,500 seat stadium, built on the site of a former velodrome, cost €77 million and can be expanded to a capacity of 20,000.

The venue includes includes a specialist football school taking up space in the north-western corner and main stand, which has six floors.

Ground was broken on the site in in eastern Oslo’s Valle Hovin in January 2016.

The north stand has been allocated to travelling supporters, while the south is dedicated to the club’s hard core of fans. A fan zone has been built at the south end of the stadium.

The pitch will be 3G artificial turf approved for European Cup games.