The MCH Arena was opened in 2004 as the new home of FC Midtjylland, who had only been formed 5 years earlier following a merger between Ikast FS and Herning Fremad.
The stadium was constructed in just 11 months at a cost of DKK 80–85 million. The stadium was officially opened on the 27th March 2004, with FC Midtjylland defeating AB 6-0, including 5 goals by Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan.
The ground has a total capacity of 11,432, with 7,070 seats. Known as the SAS Arena between 2004 and 2009 after Scandinavian Airlines, the stadium has since reverted to its original name of the MCH Arena (short for MesseCenterHerning) after its owner.
Tenants: FC Midtjylland (Danish Superliga)
The ground witnessed one of FC Midtjylland’s finest nights in February 2016, with the club defeating Manchester United 2-1 in a UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match. The club however lost the away leg 5-1 to lose 6-3 on aggregate.
Several Denmark international matches have been played in the stadium, the first being a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic in March 2008. Several matches at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, including a semi-final were played at MCH Arena.
Tickets at MCH Arena
Depending on the category of opposition and where you sit, ticket prices for FC Midtjylland mathces range from DKK 120 to DKK 225 for Adults, or DKK 50 to DKK 100 for Children (4-13 years old). Tickets usually go on sale about 10 days before matches and can be purchase through the club’s website, or at the stadium two hours before the match.
Location & Travel to MCH Arena
The MCH Arena is located approximately 3 kilometres south of Herning’s town centre.
Airport – The closest airport to Herning is Midtjyllands Airport, however only offers regional flights to Copenhagen. The nearest international airport is therefore Billund Airport, approximately 52 kilometres to the south which covers a number of major airports across Europe.
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Bus – Bus lines 6 and 81 run to the MCH Messecenter Herning, just a few minutes walk from the stadium.
Driving & Parking – The stadium can be found next to the Jyske Bank Boxen and MCH Messecenter Herning, close to the motorway with connections to Vejle, Silkeborg, Aarhus, Viborg and Holstebro. There is free parking for over 10,000 cars.
Train – Herning Station is located in the town centre, with several trains to Copenhagen (3 hours) and Aarhus (90 minutes). There are services to Herning Messecenter station, which is just a few minutes walk from the stadium.
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Walk – Walking from central Herning to the stadium is relatively simple, although it will take about 40 minutes along Kaj Zartows Vej.
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Stadium Tour of MCH Arena
During school holidays, there are open stadium tours of the arena – further details will be posted on the official website. Alternatively, private tours are available, costing DKK 1,500 which have to be booked at least 14 days in advance through Peter Josephsen at firstname.lastname@example.org