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Lillestrøm

Ground: Åråsen Stadion

Visits: 1

Date: 9th April 2022 

Match: Lillestrøm - Jerv  4-0  (Tippeligaen)

Attendance: 5 121


This year my Easter holidays are the week before Easter and with my partner´s birthday being on Good Friday (15 April) I looked at different options for the weekend 9-10th April. I haven't been to Norway since 2015 but when I found out I could visit four matches in the top two divisions I decided to book a flight to Oslo on Friday evening. I would then go to Lillestrøm on Saturday, Grorud and Vålerenga on Sunday and Kongsvinger on Monday evening. My flight was supposed to leave CPH at 20.50 but it was not until 21.45 we could finally leave the gate. At 22.40 we landed at Gardemoen and it felt quite nice to once again be in Norway. The airport train departs every 10/20 minutes (from 05.30 to 00.30) and the journey time to Oslo Sentral is only 20 minutes. I boarded the train at 23.10 and shortly before midnight I was finally at my hotel in central Oslo.

Kick-off in Lillestrøm was 16.00 meaning I had plenty of time to do some sightseeing in central Oslo. With my hotel being only 250 m from Akershus fortress I started the day with a visit to this historic place. In 1940 Vidkun Quisling was the leader of the Norwegian nazi party and when Germany occupied Norway during World War II he became the leader of the occupied Norway. In 1945 Quisling was executed at Akershus and that marked the end of a dark chapter in modern Norwegian history. From the top of the fortress I had a nice view of the surrounding area. The city hall and harbour was also visited and after a light lunch I headed towards Lillestrøm. From Oslo S it is only 10 minutes by commuter train to Lillestrøm and once there I walked to the square where the club, Lillestrøm SK had several activities for their young fans.

Lillestrøm SK was founded in 1917 and the club has won 5 Norwegian league titles, last time was in 1989. Åråsen Stadion was opened in 1951 and nowadays has a capacity of around 11,500. My seat was in row 11 of the main stand, directly opposite where the active fans (Kanaris) are at Åråsen. The Kanaris made their voices heard throughout the game but I was a bit disappointed with the overall attendance being only 5,121. For their first ever away match in Eliteserien Jerv brought around 150-200 fans to Åråsen but it was to be a disappointing day out for them. Lillestrøm was by far the better team and won 4-0 in the opening home game in 2022. Four goals was of course a good start to my trip and hopefully I will have plenty of goals in my two games tomorrow as well.

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Going to football!

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Activities for young fans

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Flags everywhere!

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Åråesen, rear of the South Stand

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Statue

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North Stand

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East Stand

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South Stand

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West Stand

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Spelbild

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Jerv fans

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East Stand

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​Lillestrøm fans

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​Lillestrøm fans

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South Stand

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Plane about to land at the nearby airfield

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Pano

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Pano