Blue Water Arena


Europe, Denmark, Region of Southern Denmark

Blue Water Arena (former Esbjerg Idrætspark and Esbjerg Stadion) is a football stadium located in Idrætsparken Gl. Vardevej, Esbjerg, Denmark and is the home ground of Esbjerg fB. It has a capacity of 18,000 of which 11,451 is seated. It is currently the second biggest stadium in Jutland, and the fourth biggest in Denmark. In 1999, the stadium was venue of the football tournament at the European Youth Olympic Festival. On account of the 2008 UEFA qualifier fan attack resulting in the forbidding of play of UEFA qualifier matches for Denmark within 250 km of Copenhagen, the Blue Water Arena was mentioned as the only possible venue within Denmark in which Denmark UEFA qualifier home games can be held as it is the biggest stadium in the country more than 250 km from Copenhagen. UEFA later changed the verdict, and on July 9 2007 the Danish Football Association announced that the games against Spain and Liechtenstein would be played in Århus and the games against Latvia and Iceland would be played in Copenhagen.