Odense Stadium and Richard Møller Nielsen's Bolbro Experience a sports neighbourhood amid transformation
A steady drumbeat and chorus spreading between Bolbro's building blocks. Blue and white dressed cyclists overtaking you on Christmas Møllers Vej. Rituals unfold from beer on the go over sausage carts to parking tricks. Anticipation in the air.
Odense’s parallel world in an otherwise lazy urban landscape for those who are heading to the same place. A Sunday without a tight schedule.
Memories of celebrations of a small handful of silver medals, missed penalty kicks from Hemmingsen and maybe even penalty kick saves from Lars Høgh, if you are old enough.
A fellow next to you says; do you think Bashkim is ready to start? Will it be another one of those days where OB does not deliver when they should?
An impossible Sunday at the moment. The corona has broken up the city in a different way and changed your usual destinations to places you never go. One of my favorite destinations in Odense - Richard Møller Nielsen's Bolbro - Odense Stadium - is gradually becoming a memory in line with the many triumphs and disappointments I have witnessed in the same place.
Whether the same is the case for you, hop on your iron horse and ride quietly through the city to Bolbro and to Odense Stadium, a special corner of Odense that no other Danish city has. A coordinated tale of a working-class neighborhood housing the city's working-class sports; Football. Biking. Ice Hockey. Handball (and the odd one out; athletics).
From experience, I know you can be lucky to find an unlocked gate at the stadium and go around a bit in the stadium pot. Sniff the scent of freshly cut grass (as long as it's still there), tread on slightly Roman candle scorched concrete, run your fingers across territory-marking stickers from local and out-of-town fans. An unfashionable stadium, upgraded here and there since 1941, but still with the charm that makes a trip to the stadium a certain effort when the Danish weather slides in from the west.
Should you not be able to get in the stadium, then take a walk around the sports district, which has changed significantly in the last half to a whole year. There are now polished residential complexes, which turn their backs on the road to the cathedral in the thousands on Gasa, where is an almost completed tram rail with newly created urban spaces at Hauges Plads, Richard Møller Nielsens Plads and the new large tram station in front of the stadium's grandstand.
There is even a green upgrade of Middelfartvej on the way in front of Føtex and for the time being half a sports academy is squeezed into no-man's land between Odense Stadium and Odense Athletics Stadium.
A myriad of changes in a district that is on its way to a new place and which at the same time tells many of our common stories about Odense.Link to the event