AFAS Stadion Achter de Kazerne

Capacity18 477
Country Belgium
CityMechelen
ClubsKV Mechelen
Inauguration 1911
Renovations 2015-2016
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

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Description: AFAS Stadion

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.

The very same year first naming rights deal came with oil company Argos. Then partnership with AFAS followed but to many in the community it’s still simply 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 5,000 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.

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