Netherlands: Zwolle stadium to grow further this summer
source: NU.nl; author: michał
After two small expansions another is needed and will be carried out after the current season ends. In two years it's also expected that natural turf will return to MAC³PARK stadion.
As announced by PEC Zwolle, their home stadium – currently known as MAC³PARK stadion for commercial reasons – will grow once more after the present Eredivisie season ends. The decision marks already the third expansion since the ground first opened in 2009.
Upon inauguration the new stadium had 10,000 seats, then raised to 12,500 and most recently at 13,250. This time part of the added temporary seating along the east side of the field would be removed and replaced with larger structures. As a result, you won't be able to see the difference between the initial elevated stand and newly added sections, as it already looks in the north.
After this year's expansion capacity is expected to reach 14,000 and there's still some room to grow in the future. And rightly so, after all the ticket demand in Zwolle has been increasing steadily over the years. At present the team already enjoys 13,049 people per game (98.5% occupancy).
Also, in order to meet the latest guidelines of Eredivisie, PEC Zwolle will change their current synthetic turf to a hybrid one, with roughly 90% natural grass and 10% synthetic fibres.
Render of the east stand with new front rows:
Additional small section planned in the south: