EuroPark Svenska AB, the subsidiary of APCOA Parking Group, has been awarded the contract for the parking management at the new “FRIENDS ARENA” in Solna, north of Stockholm. After a highly competitive tender process, owner Peab AB opted for the EuroPark offer, citing the strength of its innovative commercial thinking, superior operational and business model, and its background of broad local knowledge plus international know-how as reasons for the decision.
The “FRIENDS ARENA” was officially opened on October 27th, 2012. The Swedish Football Association, Solna Stad, Jernhusen, Peab and Fabege are its owners. Now it is the new home stadium of Sweden’s national football team, as well as of AIK Football Club. The multi-functional arena (football, hockey, concerts, etc.) is one of the world’s most modern stadiums to date.
“FRIENDS ARENA” is also the centerpiece of an innovative urban development area called Arenastaden (“Arena City”), featuring new shopping centers, private property and office buildings. It is considered an urban area where traffic management and creative parking management will be of crucial importance in the course of future development. Hence the interest in the tender process shown by Swedish and Scandinavian real estate companies and landlords, given the size of the project at hand and its operational challenges.
In the first phase of the contract, starting first of January 2013, EuroPark AB will manage the stadium’s garage with approximately 900 parking spaces. With the negotiations on the tendered traffic management starting in January/February of 2013, the tasks of EuroPark AB around the new “FRIENDS ARENA” may quickly and sizably grow.
“We at EuroPark Svenska feel honoured being the chosen parking managers for this fantastic site! Contributing smooth and convenient parking to people’s experience at the ‘FRIENDS ARENA’, is a professional task we shall enjoy”, said Bo Liliequist, the Managing Director of EuroPark Svenska on the occasion of the signing of the contract in Stockholm.
Ralf Bender, CEO of APCOA Group: “Our technical solutions and marketing strategies are working well. This new contract confirms that proprietors and real estate companies across Europe are increasingly aware of the advantages it brings to work with parking managers of truly international business clout and know-how.”
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APCOA PARKING Group are the leading international parking managers and parking services solution providers, with an annual turnover of € 731 million. For private and public proprietors APCOA PARKING Group currently manages around 1.3 million parking spaces at over 7,500 locations in 13 European countries. 30 European airports have chosen APCOA PARKING to manage their parking facilities, making the company the market leader in this segment, too. APCOA PARKING’s international expertise and innovative clout is powered by 4,900 employees, who guarantee efficient, customer-oriented services. The APCOA PARKING Group headquarter is located at Stuttgart Airport (Germany).