Ghelamco Arena (Arteveldestadion)
|Capacity before works||20 000|
|Cost||50 mln €|
|Design||Bontinck Architecture and Engineering|
Stadium of the Year 2013: Ghelamco Arena!
First new stadium in Belgium for over a decade, probably the best throughout Benelux and by far the most regarded stadium in this year’s vote for Stadium of the Year. Congratulations!
Nomination: Ghelamco Arena
From the first renderings to the first game it took a long decade. But now that it’s open, Ghelamco Arena seems to compensate the wait. Ghent received a stadium that has no match across Belgium.
New stadium: Ghelamco Arena
Its construction was announced back in 2003, but opening game took place over a decade later. But when it finally opened its doors, the stadium was declared (by some) the most modern ground in all of Benelux.
Belgium: Ghelamco Arena still not completely ready
With exactly two months passing since the opening game, Ghelamco Arena still fails to receive a regular safety certificate. Before each game its inspected and given a temporary permission. This is to change soon.
Belgium: Grand opening in Gent
Not quite finished, but clearly operable if the host team already won their first game with a sell-out audience. That moment was long awaited, because initial renderings of the stadium were shown a decade back.
Belgium: New Gent stadium to be named Ghelamco Arena
Though it has been called Arteveldestadion for a decade now, the formal name is to change now. It has been announced that main contractor Ghelamco will be the naming rights holder.
Belgium: Time to bid farewell to Ottenstadion
Surely FC Barcelona aren't coming to town. In fact, no game will be played on that day. The last time Jules Ottenstadion opens its doors after this season, fans will most likely take part in a sentimental ceremony.
Belgium: Traffic chaos a threat ahead of Arteveldestadion opening
There 3 months left until long awaited new stadium in Ghent is inaugurated. But main access route won't be ready until early 2014. The club are already trying to figure out ways to minimise traffic problems.