King Power at Den Dreef Stadion
|Other names||Eneco Stadion (2016–2017)|
|Address||Kardinaal Mercierlaan 46, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium|
King Power at Den Dreef Stadion – stadium description
Old track and field stadium in Leuven, dating back to 1960s, has been completely redeveloped in 2002, having three stands built from scratch and becoming football-only. Largest, main grandstand has two tiers, while all remaining sections were initially single-tiered.
Although this has been quite an extensive redevelopment, already in 2011 mayor of Leuven announced plans to build a new 20,000-seater in the city. If those plans were to come true, Den Dreef would have to be demolished. However, a new vision was drawn in 2015, foreseeing gradual redevelopment of the venue.
Carried out in 2016-2017, the first phase of modernisation works saw the old east stand demolished and replaced by a brand new one. With its two tiers it mimicks the west one, holding private boxes, media zone and players' facilities, previously hosted in a remote building. Capacity was thus increased to over 10,000 seats and further works should see as many as 12,500 people get in.
Aside from games of the local team, the stadium is also the site of Belgium's women's national team and U21 squad.
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