One from Wallonia, one from Flanders. The two latest additions to our Belgian stadium list were brought to you thanks to groundhopping trips by Stephan Hoogerwaard!
De Leunen is the largest stadium in Geel, east of Antwerp. The stadium lies next to the western bypass of Geel and is centerpiece of a major sports complex with numerous side pitches.
It has four independent, covered stands. Both located on ends run throughout the width of the pitch, while the side stands are 50m wide each, leaving much room for potential expansion. Only the main grandstand in the south offers seats, while all remaining three are terraces.
The current anchor tenant is AS Verbroedering Geel, a club formed after previous KFC Verbroedering went bust in 2008.
Initially equipped only with the modest western grandstand, this stadium in southern suburbs of Boussu now has two more sections: the north, used as away section, and eastern. The latter houses club offices, restaurant, player and media facilities, as well as skyboxes.
Until 2008 the stadium was named Stade Vedette, honoruing nearby coal mine. Later it was renamed to honour Robert Urbain, respected president of the local club.