Stockholm is known as an easy access to beautiful nature with its stunning waterside walks and outdoor jogging tracks. They also have a long and proud tradition of a wide range of organized sports activities, with many popular competitions taking place each year. Stockholm has large sport arenas boasting the latest in technology, swimming pools, ice-rinks, outdoor athletic tracks, football courts, horse riding venues and even facilities for the disabled.
The city was the one who hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics, other than this Stockholm also hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics Equestrian Games. Stockholm also hosted all but one of the Nordic Games, a winter multi-sport event that predated the Winter Olympics.
Djurgårdens IF
Djurgårdens Idrottsförening is a sports club with several departments, located in Stockholm. This was founded in 1891 by a group of young athletes living on the royal island Djurgården in central Stockholm. This is one of Sweden’s most successful sports clubs of the 20th and 21st century. Today, ice hockey and football are the most popular departments, with 16 and 11 Swedish national championship titles respectively. This club has also won 418 Swedish championships through 2011. Other popular departments in this sports club are bandy, handball and floorball.
Allmänna Idrottsklubben
This was founded in 1891 in central Stockholm. Known as The General Sports Club in the city, and is usually referred to as just AIK or Gnaget, is one of the largest and oldest sports clubs in Scandinavia. The club’s achievements include Swedish championship titles in the following sports: football, ice hockey, bandy, handball, floorball, bowling, badminton, athletics and many other sports as well as Wimbledon championships and French Open in tennis.
Location: Solna
Hammarby IF
Formed in 1889 as Hammarby Roddförening or Hammarby Boat Club, the name was changed in 1897 to Hammarby Idrottsförening for many of the club’s athletes were then engaging in more sports than just rowing. Owing to its geographical location in a formerly less affluent district of Stockholm, Hammarby has historically been regarded as a club with a mainly working-class fan base.
Stockholm is has been the major venue of spectator sports in Sweden. Especially soccer and ice hockey which are the two most popular spectator sports in Sweden, and Stockholm has world-class teams in both. So in visiting Stockholm, watching a game can also be very worthwhile.