Amsterdam Arena – Largest Stadium in Netherlands
If you are soccer lovers, you may want to go to Amsterdam Arena someday to watch live match of your favorite team. This place could be said as a home for football club Ajax. It is used by Dutch National team as well to conduct international match. This arena is located in Netherlands to be exact in Arena Boulevard 1, 1101 Amsterdam. The stadium which is designed by an architect named Rob Schuurman has seat capacity as much as 52,000 up to 68,000. For football matches, it can accommodate around 53,502 people. This place can also be used for concerts with center stage to load people around 68,000.
There are also some supporting facilities in this place. You are provided with a large parking capacity inside as much as five hundred cars, whereas for outside parking capacity there are twelve thousand spots added. This arena has the Ajax Museum as well that can be visited. You can go there to know more history of Ajax more than a century ago. There is also a train station near this stadium called Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena. Besides, it has solar panels installed on stadium’s roof as much as 4,200. The arena is also maintained well with energy efficient, less trash and less water consuming.
The History of Amsterdam Arena
Before Amsterdam Arena was built, there was an old stadium called De Meer to conduct some games. Unfortunately, De Meer Stadium was too small for conducting Ajax’s games. So, a plan to build big stadium which was able to load around 50,000 seats was created. The first pile of Amsterdam Stadium was placed on November 1993. This new stadium was opened by the Queen inside stadium with a curtain fall. The first match held in this arena was a match between Milan and AFC Ajax. This construction is assumed to cost about 140 million euro.
Traveling Tips to Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam is a great city in Netherlands and visiting the arena would be a great experience for you. However, there are several tips that you can follow when you are in this place. You have to pay attention to the money you bring, especially at night since there are usually some pickpockets in the streets. It would be better for to buy a map as well if this is your first time in Amsterdam. The map will help you know more places in Amsterdam and around the arena. You can go to Amsterdam Arena by the Metro at Central Station.
After watching match or game inside this stadium, it is better for you to leave the area quickly. It is because there is not much partying after the match. Instead, you can go outside to the city and party there. The police squads inside the stadium also want to make the arena empty as soon as possible. If you want to get some snacks, you can pay cash the debit card sold inside the arena. After the debit card is loaded with your money, you can use it to buy some goodies at snack bar.
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