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Ruukki delivered steel structures worth over EUR 20 million for Friends Arena stadium
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Saturday, 27 Oct 2012
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October 27th 2012 will see the grand opening of Friends Arena in Stockholm, one of the largest multipurpose stadiums in Northern Europe. Friends Arena will be the home ground of Sweden's national football team and AIK, which plays in the Allsvenskan league.

The stadium is able to hold 50,000 spectators for football matches and an audience of 65,000 for concerts and other events. Thanks to its retractable roof and interchangeable arena floor, Friends Arena (earlier Swedbank Arena) can be transformed to host a wide range of diverse events throughout the year. The opening ceremony has been described as Sweden's greatest spectacle of all times.

Ruukki delivered the steel pipe piles, was responsible for the manufacture and installation of the load bearing steel structures and for the delivery and installation of the roofing elements for the arena between 2009 and 2011. The structures were made mainly at Ruukki's units in Ylivieska and Peräseinäjoki in Finland. The high degree of prefabrication of the structures sought to reduce construction risks and improve safety at the site.

Ruukki Optim high strength special steels, among others, were used to manufacture the load bearing truss structures of the arena. Use of special steels considerably reduced the steel requirement and thus resulted in clear cost savings.

Mr Sami Eronen SVP Building Projects at Ruukki Construction said that "It will be great to see Friends Arena in use. The project was both interesting and challenging because of the large size of the structures and the special solutions employed, such as the retractable roof. It was namely our design and installation competence that convinced the customer of our ability to create such an architecturally impressive solution. Expert project management by Peab, the lead contractor, and Sweco's expert structural design competence played a significant role in successful completion of the project."

Friends Arena is in Solna, near Stockholm, where the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia, Mall of Scandinavia, will be completed in autumn 2015. Ruukki is providing the steel structures for the shopping centre.

Source - Rautaruukki Oyj


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