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Video: Fans help demolish Stockholm's Rasunda Stadium


11-27-2012 15:51 BJT

Football fans in the Swedish capital of Stockholm had the unique opportunity to help dismantle a historic stadium over the weekend. The Rasunda Stadium was the first to host both the men’ and women’s world cup finals, in 1958 and 1995 respectively, but has reached the end of it’s lifecycle. But before the venue meets the old dynamite ending, fans had their chance to retrieve something to remember it by.

Organised chaos descended on the now defunct Rasunda Stadium as people were given the opportunity to help themselves to a souvenir before the venue is demolished. The site will be used mostly for new apartments moving forward.

An estimated 5,000 people armed with screwdrivers, spades and drills, turned up to claim their piece of history.

Opened in 1937, the stadium hosted the 1958 FIFA world cup final where Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in the title game to lift their first ever world cup trophy. Sweden’s national team last played at the stadium in August, falling 3-0 to Brazil in a fitting ending.

The stadium was home to the Swedish national team and Stockholm’s AIK. Matches will be moved to the new Friends Arena in the capital.

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