Netherlands: Euro 2000 venue not for sale โ€“ at least to the club

source: Gelderlander.nl

Netherlands:  Euro 2000 venue not for sale โ€“ at least to the club Dutch city of Arnhem is putting up Gelredome, their largest stadium, up for sale. It would seem natural that tenant club Vitesse is interested, but the football side cannot obtain their home venue due to a special clause.

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As De Gelderlander reports, Gelredome arena is up for auction. One of the world’s most modern stadiums would be a good buy for Vitesse. The club plays host for a decade now, but doesn’t operate the ground, just leases it.

Arnhem municipality cannot sell it to the team, though. When the stadium was transferred from provincial to local authorities, a special clause was signed that it shall not become club property to ensure that non-sporting events continue to be staged.

Should Arnhem decide to proceed in talks with Vitesse, they would be subject to a massive fine of €11.3 million as the clause remains valid after over a decade.

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