Oslo club SFK Lyn are leaving the Ullevaal stadium after a 70-year residence.
The club's new home will be the Bislett stadium, the world-famous athletics arena, which will be renovated and improved over the next three years. The decision has been taken just a few weeks ahead of the start of the Norwegian season in April.
Coach supports decision
Lyn own 15 per cent of the company that runs the Ullevaal, which is also the country's national stadium, but they have been unhappy recently with their lease deal. "Ideally we would have liked to stay at a more modern Ullevaal, said Lyn's Icelandic coach Tietur Tordarsson. "The wider pitch also suits our style of play better. But I support the decision."
Lyn were one of the original investors when the Ullevaal was built more than 70 years ago, but their share stake fell to 15 per cent when the Norwegian Football Association renovated the stadium in the 1990s. Norway's national team were unbeaten at the Ullevaal from autumn 1991 until September 1998.
Vålerenga agree new deal
Oslo's other Tippeliga club Vålerenga Fotball also threatened to leave the Ullevaal recently because the club were unhappy with some commercial issues. However, after lengthy negotiations Våleregna signed a new three-year contract a few weeks ago. Ironically, Vålerenga's former home, the Bislett, will now house erstwhile groundsharers Lyn.
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