AFAS Stadion Achter de Kazerne
|Cost||€ 9.1 million (2015-2016)|
|Design||Engineering Survey Architecture (2015-2016)|
|Contractor||Willemen Groep (2015-2016)|
|Address||Kleine Nieuwedijk 53, B-2800 Mechelen, Belgium|
AFAS Stadion – stadium description
Built on site of former brewery, the ground was located Just behind an artillery garrison. Since then it has been nicknamed “Achter de Kazerne” (“Behind the Garrison”). Oldest current stand dates back to 1950’s, when the ground was still owned by KV Mechelen. The football side lost ownership after 98 years in 2009, when it went bankrupt and transferred their venue to the municipality.
From 2003 to 2006, the venue was named Scarletstadion, thanks to a sponsorship deal with telecommunications company Scarlet. This was the first time stadium naming rights were sold in Belgium. Subsequent title sponsors of the venue were Veolia and Argos Oil, and since 2015 it has been AFAS Software. For the fans, however, it is invariably Achter de Kazerne.
As it turned out, the stadium being public opened doors to a major investment, in fact the largest reconstruction in KV Mechelen’s history. Within just over a year capacity of the stadium grew by over 4,000 people while its standard changed beyond comparison.
Two old grandstands (south and east) were retained and renovated thoroughly. Two other gave way in order to allow for new double-tiered stands with a common corner section. With their uniquely sloped shape, the stands offer both standing, seating and corporate boxes, in order to satisfy changing demand. Aside from that, there’s room planned for offices and a kindergarten for daily use.
In spring of 2018 construction began on a brand new main grandstand, along the south side of the field. Within just a few months a 5-level structure was erected, housing brand new facilities for corporate guests and media representatives. It replaced the old structure, from 1952.
Belgium: Topping out, express works in Mechelen
Friday saw topping out ceremony in Mechelen, where new main stand was erected in just two months. Another extremely fast project in Belgium should see the stand open in mid-August.
Belgium: Main stand in Mechelen gone in a week
Demolition lasted almost exactly one week and caused quite some tears in Mechelen, judging by reactions. The most historical part of AFAS Stadion is gone, now time to build for the future.
Belgium: Preparations for new stand in Mechelen
They may be relegated from the league already, but KV Mechelen aren't stopping down with their stadium redevelopment program. New main stand will begin to grow once the current one is demolished.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Reason 1, AFAS Stadion
If you like traditional stadiums with terracing, this one is for you. Then again, it also satisfies corporate hospitality and family needs, as well as offering a kindergarten to the community!
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New construction: Express delivery in Mechelen
While many fans still see it as their good old Achter de Kazerne, the stadium in Mechelen is changing. And changing faster than one might think! From now on you can see it in construction updates at StadiumDB.
Belgium: One stand ready in Mechelen, another one to rise
Second phase of the AFAS Stadion redevelopment is beginning in Mechelen as construction moves to the west end. By the 2016/17 season the new end will be complete.
Belgium: New grandstand opened after less than 3 months!
The schedule was extremely tight, but they managed to pull it off either way. KV Mechelen will open their new north stand today. It’s still a construction site overall, though.
Belgium: Mechelen fans can pick up stadium souvenirs
Tomorrow every KV Mechelen fan can come and take whatever is available from the north stand. It’s awaiting demolition to make way for a new, much greater structure.
Belgium: Mechelen plan finally approved
KV Mechelen announced the mayor and councilmen of Mechelen approved the long-awaited redevelopment of Argos Stadion. The project is priced at €8.5 million and should see first stand open in August.
Belgium: Closer to Mechelen’s new stadium
Another modern stadium in Belgium is a step closer now, as environmental impact assessment was completed. Planning application in place, but there’s still work to be done before groundbreaking.
Belgium: KV Mechelen refresh two stands
Redevelopment plans for two stands are on hold, so two others will have all their seats replaced in upcoming weeks. Supporters are helping to make the operation faster and cheaper.
Belgium: KV Mechelen unable to expand Argos Stadion soon
The Belgian club was hoping to receive exemption from the Environmental Impact Assessment. Now that the exemption hasn’t been granted, groundbreaking is sure to be delayed significantly.
New design: KV Mechelen hope to build two new stands
City Hall in Mechelen has just received planning application by KV Mechelen, who want to largely redevelop their stadium. The club plan two completely new stands replacing current ones and increasing capacity by 5,000.