Tromso football side kick off season with a 20ft high wall of ice and snow

Tromsdalen plays in Norwegian second tier and kicked off their season last weekend against Åsane, in a match encircled by a towering wall of snow which reached 20 feet high. Extreme snowfall in the build up to the season opener led to Tromsdalen groundsmen being kept extra busy before their opening match. Photos show the snow engulfing the surrounding area, as ice caves had to be carved to allow players to take corners properly.

Football stadion 4 days before opening

Despite the extreme weather the match went ahead at Tromsdalen Stadion, which normally can seat 3000 spectators. However given the conditions there were understandably a lack of fans at the game – though a few were spotted sitting atop a mountain of snow behind one of the goals. Amidst their icy surroundings Tromsdalen emerged with three points after they defeated Åsane 2-0 in their first match in the Norwegian second tier since promotion last season.

Another photo on Twitter showed the pitch caked in a thick layer of snow just four days before the match illustrating the extent of the work it must have taken to see the fixture go ahead. Tromsdalen are the second biggest football team from Tromso.