Lonely Planet review for Zinkensdamms Idrottsplats
Bandy matches, a uniquely Scandinavian phenomenon, take place all winter at Stockholm’s ice arenas. Head over to Zinkensdamms Idrottsplats, where watching a bandy match is great fun. The sport, a precursor to ice hockey but with more players (11 to a side) and less fighting, has grown massively popular since the rise of the Hammarby team in the late ’90s. There’s a round vinyl ball instead of a puck, and the rules are similar to football, except that you hit the ball with a stick instead of kicking it. The season lasts from November to March, so make sure you bring your own thermos of kaffekask – a warming mix of coffee and booze. For the low-down on upcoming matches, check out www.svenskbandy.se/stockholm (in Swedish). Tickets (Skr120) can be purchased at the arena gate.