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Official Review by Peter Miles, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Idrottsklubben Sirius Fotbollklubb were formed in 1907 and originally competed in local football in the Uppsala Series. Their present ground was built between 1908 and 1909 and the club have played there ever since. There is an equally impressive bandy (a Scandinavian game similar to ice hockey) stadium right next door with a capacity of 8,000 which is the main winter sport of the Sirius club. The club climbed to the top division Allsvenskan for the first time in 1968 but has not graced the elite division since 1974.
The stadium is a fabulous look back to how stadiums used to be built, predominantly wooden with a roof supported by struts rather than the modern externally supported cantilever style.
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The main stand has well stocked snack bars with the ubiquitous "korv" (wurst style hot dog), as well as chips, snacks, and confectionery.
The kiosks are located at either end of the main stand and are well staffed and offer polite service and a decent range of snacks like crisps, nuts, and chocolate bars.
The usual sodas are available from fountain dispensers. Lager style beers can be purchased if consumed in the concourse behind the stand and not in the seats.
A korv with mustard and dried onions is an absolute staple of the Swedish football experience, and should be your food of choice at the match.
The stadium is relatively open, so the atmosphere can be diluted when a modest crowd gathers. However, when the team scores, the Swedes will definitely let you know.
The seats are comfortable enough given the age of the stadium and easily accessible to the front of the stand. The pitch is natural grass and there is also a small electronic scoreboard which details the match score, countdown clock, and provides scores from other games in the Superettan.
Music is played before the game and during the interval, and the PA announcer announces the teams, goals scored, and even yellow cards assessed.
The main stand is the only seated area and also the only covered area so in inclement weather this is very much your best bet.
Uppsala is around 45 miles north of the Swedish capital of Stockholm and is well serviced by a high quality and punctual rail service. The city is very walkable and has an attractive city center and old town.
Villa Anna is regarded as the best restaurant in town and is attached to the hotel of the same name. It specializes in a European and Swedish menu but comes at the higher end of the cost scale.
Sherlock's is a mid price range establishment with burgers, and the fish and chips are highly recommended. It also boasts a great range of beers with rotating guest beers as well.
Gamla Uppsala is the old town and the ancient capital of Sweden. It has a remarkable history back to pagan times. It is around three miles from the stadium, but for history buffs it is well worth taking the detour. The Museum Gustavianum hosts the Augsburg Art Cabinet, Viking artifacts, and an Egyptian section including some mummies. The Uppsala Domkyrka is the largest cathedral in Sweden and dates back the late 12th century.
The Scandic chain has a couple of hotels in Uppsala with their Uppsala Nord hotel being just five minutes from the train station. Their hotels are mid range in price, clean, and well staffed.
Despite being modest in number, the vocal contingent of Sirius' supporters gather in a standing area at the far end of the main stand, which also happens to be adjacent to the fan bar and merchandise stall.
Crowds for Superettan (second tier) matches average between 1,000 and 2,000. The all time record attendance for the Studenternas IP is 12,546 against Landskrona BOiS in October 1968. In the current layout of the stadium the attendance record is 8,592 against IFK Norrköping in June 2007.
The fans in the standing section give vocal support throughout the game and the whole main stand will erupt when a goal is scored by the home team.
The stadium is easy to locate and once inside its open plan design means you can access most areas freely, although if you have a standing ticket you will not be allowed in the seating area.
City buses 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 14 stop at the University Hospital which is very close to the stadium. Regional buses 101, 107 and 804 also stop at the same stop. The stadium is less than ten minutes from Uppsala train station.
Ample parking is available at the southern end of the stadium. There is also free street parking in the surrounding area.
Paperless tickets can be bought through the club's website. There are no security checks at the gate and the barcodes are scanned by a handheld device as the old turnstile gates are not electronic. There are two entrances to the arena, one next to the river and egress is gained behind the main, and only covered stand (180 SEK match day, 140 SEK pre sale). The second entrance is opposite and gains you access to the uncovered terracing (120 SEK match day, 100 SEK pre sale).
The stadium is accessible on both sides and one end with the far end being closed off for corporate guests and sponsors.
The prices for the Studenternas IP are slightly above average for the second tier of Swedish football, but it does generate a decent atmosphere and overall it's a very enjoyable experience in an old school style area.
While entry cost and extras are a little on the high side, food and drink are averagely priced and the location of the stadium means transit costs are minimal once in Uppsala.
Tickets are discounted if bought in advance. There are also cheaper seats in the main stand which are not covered by the roof or have a partially obscured view by one of the many supporting roof struts.
A match programme is available as you come through the turnstiles. At 20 SEK for only four pages it is very poor value for the cost.
The history of the more than century old venue is well worth an extra point, as is the chance to see the beautiful and historic city of Uppsala.
The Studenternas IP is a classic old style Swedish ground and it has a relaxed vibe about the place. With plans afoot to completely rebuild the venue into a modern all seater arena style, stadium fans with a penchant for the history of the game should definitely beat a path to Uppsala and its delightful old stadium.
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Uppsala, Sweden 75310
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Uppsala, Sweden 75310
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Gamla Uppsalagatan 50
Uppsala, Sweden 75425
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