Gothia Cup

Opening Ceremony

The week is filled with encounters, big and small, arranged and spontaneous. The opening ceremony is the week’s major gathering. A two-hour long show with music, dancing, fireworks, a presentation of all participating nations and joy unbounded. With 50000 people in a packed Ullevi, everyone’s there.

Ullevi Stadium
Monday, July 15th 2024
Gates open from 18.30
Visitors under 4 years of age can sit in their parents lap
Bags & Backpacks
It is not allowed to bring any kind of bags into the event

A memory for life

We believe that it is important to make a lifelong memory from the tournament. A moment for everyone – a moment of harmony and fellowship. We want to create this very moment with the Gothia Opening Ceremony.

See the fireworks


Shiver with excitement

Previous participants have compared it to an Olympic ceremony and that’s the idea. The atmosphere surrounding the opening ceremony is electric enough to make you shiver with excitement. It’s a memory you’ll remember and smile at for the rest of your life.

All participants registered in categories A, B or C receives a ticket to the Gothia Opening Ceremony. A ticket is also included when you purchase the Gothia Card. Please note that the tickets are limited and only included if we have left. You need a physical ticket. The Gothia Card is not valid as a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased through the Information at Heden (subject to availability).
The Arena
Ullevi Stadium is Sweden’s largest arena with capacity for 46000 sitting spectators and a couple thousand more during concerts. Gothia Cup holds an audience record of 51210 people and then it's totally packed. The Ullevi Stadium is perfect for big shows and concerts.


Worldwide music

Music from all corners of the world is played when participants from all the nations enter the arena and when the year's song is played it's the audience that takes care of the singing. You may also find yourself reflecting and find out that Gothia Cup is much more than just football.

The audience

When the Gothia Opening Ceremony is held everyone is there. Over 50000 players, leaders, supporters and locals create a magical atmosphere at Ullevi Stadium. It creates a special fellowship and joy when the audience takes part of the show and when youths from all over the world are cooperating and having fun together we feel pride. 

Opening Ceremony