Johan Cruijff ArenA
|920 (VIP seats)|
|186 (Press seats)|
|2229 (Business seats)|
|4109 (Shareholders seats)|
|144+144 (Disabled seats)|
|Other names||Amsterdam ArenA (1996-2017)|
|Inauguration||14/08/1996 (Ajax - AC Milan)|
|Construction||26/11/1993 - 01/07/1996|
|Renovations||2003, 2013, 2015, 2016-2019|
|Cost||€ 140 million|
|Contractor||Ballast Nedam, Royal BAM Group|
|Address||Arena Boulevard 29, 1100 AM Amsterdam|
Description: Johan Cruijff ArenA
The ground is often regarded as a breakthrough in football stadium design and operation. The word "football" should be changed to "multi-use", though, as matches of Ajax and other football events don't make up even half of the calendar. Thanks to first retractable roof over the pitch among European stadia it got a fair amount of fame that even overshadowed problems with pitch quality that force it to be relayed several times per year.
Construction began on November 26th 1993 based on design that has a story behind it. First vision of a new stadium for Amsterdam had been shown back in the 80's, when the city was bidding to host 1992 Olympics. When the bid failed, similar idea was implemented with several features changed - no athletics track, less seats and retractable roof were the major modifications. the Rob Schuuman vision was built in some 2,5 years, creating the largest stadium in the Netherlands, accommodating 52,960 fans for football events and up to 68,000 on other occasions.
Grand opening took place over a month after finishing the ground, in August 1996. Among most important events that accompanied the opening was a series of 3 sold out concerts by Tina Turner. Since then Amsterdam ArenA is ranked highly for its various uses and operating model. This shows as the company in charge of running this stadium are actually consulting a lot of modern stadiums being built worldwide. Its quality for football has been proven during Euro 2000 and then with UEFA granting the stadium with Champions League final (1998) and Europa League final (2013).
Amsterdam: Last portion of red seats at ArenA
Almost as planned, the last grandstand is being equipped with new, red seats. Meanwhile, the eastern expansion is reaching final phase, changing the appearance of what is now Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Amsterdam: Name confirmed, Johan Cruijff ArenA
On his birthday Johan Cruijff received a special and long-negotiated gift. Amsterdam ArenA will be renamed Johan Cruijff ArenA, though not just yet. And there’s more to change!
Amsterdam: ArenA’s seats to be part of 3d print
Amsterdam ArenA operator is finding unique ways to make use of old seats, currently being replaced throughout the stadium. Some of them will become 3d-printing material.
Amsterdam: First red stand opened in Amsterdam
As we write this, supporters for the first time stand at the modernized and expanded south stand. Amsterdam ArenA’s total capacity for the first time ever exceeds 54,000 people!
Amsterdam: Seats in the south, expansion in the east
First stand of Amsterdam ArenA is already changing seats to red. Meanwhile, the long anticipated expansion of the east stand’s promenade and new façade will shape up in upcoming months.
Amsterdam: ArenA finally in Ajax’s colours
Here’s a Christmas present they might enjoy. Ajax Amsterdam supporters were just presented with long-desired seat replacement scheme that will change Amsterdam ArenA’s image.
Amsterdam: One obstacle left before ArenA becomes Johan Cruijff Stadion
Talks with the Cruijff family are close to an agreement. One major issue left to agree on is potential naming rights partnership that the relatives refuse to accept.
Amsterdam: ArenA to store power in car batteries
In the basement of Amsterdam ArenA over 1,000 used battery packs from Nissan Leaf cars will be placed. This way the stadium will constantly have 4 MWh of clean energy for its use.
Amsterdam: Ajax finally installing safe standing
They kept their supporters waiting, but finally the long-desired standing section begins to grow. By winter fans throughout the lower south stand should be able to stand.
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
New list: These 20 clubs draw biggest crowds
Only six countries have any representation in this ranking. Here is the elite list of clubs that manage to draw 46,000 people or more every single game!
Amsterdam: New terrace for Ajax supporters coming
From late summer onwards the south stand at Amsterdam ArenA will be changing to meet expectations of most vocal Ajax supporters. Capacity will go up to 54,000 when it’s ready.
Amsterdam: More details on Ajax’s standing section
Good news: the pilot standing section will be much larger than we thought. Bad news” Amsterdam ArenA’s capacity won’t grow, at least in the initial phase.
Amsterdam: Standing section in, illumination out
Ajax Amsterdam confirmed that a new safe standing section will be created at Amsterdam ArenA as part of a pilot program that might change the experience of Dutch stadiums. Upcoming expansion won’t bring too impressive nighttime illumination of Amsterdam ArenA, though.
Netherlands: Amsterdam ArenA to take Cruyff’s name?
It’s only an idea, but a much debated one. Mayor and his deputy both argue it should be considered, though Amsterdam Arena managers are reluctant. Similar debate is ongoing in Barcelona.
Netherlands: Amsterdam ArenA expansion waiting for approval
Lots of new materials about Amsterdam ArenA for you as the stadium operator files planning application for first phase of the project. Upgraded east stand should be ready in mid-2017.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
New design: Amsterdam ArenA for Euro 2020
No capacity increase, but a huge change in terms of infrastructure and appearance. This is the plan for Amsterdam ArenA’s 25th birthday.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.