AFAS Stadion (Victorie Stadion)
|Other names||DSB Stadion (2006-2009), AZ Stadion (2009-2010)|
|Inauguration||04/08/2006 (AZ Alkmaar - Arsenal FC 0-3)|
|Cost||€ 38 million|
Description: AFAS Stadion
Decision to build a new stadium was taken in early 21st century. Construction lasted over a year, from 2005 to 2006. Maximum capacity of 17,250 people on single-tiered stands proved insufficient very fast as sell-out crowds became normal.
Expansion is possible, but due to bankruptcy of naming rights holders DSB the plan hasn’t been financially viable to date. It is estimated that in the future the ground can have 30-40,000 people.
The building was built with DSB's significant contribution, while AZ were to pay €2.6 million annually until 2036. However, just 4 years into its operation, DSB went bankrupt and the stadium was resold. It wasn't until 2017 that the club was able to buy it back and become the sole owner.
Alkmaar: Symbolic day, mega truss in position
Two crawler cranes have lifted the 630-ton mega truss atop AFAS Stadion. Thousands of people watched the operation live. Now the stadium reconstruction can enter the final phase.
Alkmaar: Roof behind schedule, ready by end of the season?
The mega truss is still sleeping on the ground, waiting to be lifted into place. It's uncertain whether the new cover would be ready by end of season. But along comes a new render and further details confirming our off-the-record information.
Alkmaar: Main truss installed by November?
As assembly of the giant steel arch is going on in front of AFAS Stadion, we're all eagerly awaiting the big lift. According to club information, it should come by early November.
Alkmaar: Roof megatruss assembly begins
This single element of AFAS Stadion's roof alone will weigh 2,400 tons! On Thursday a special transport brought the very first element of what will be a 170-meter arch.
The Netherlands: City council grants loan for AFAS Stadion roof
With work ongoing for weeks now, AZ Alkmaar can now breathe a sigh of relief. The city has officially guaranteed €10 million towards the construction of a new roof over AFAS Stadion.
The Netherlands: New roof in Alkmaar will cost over €20 million
Installation of the new canopy over AFAS Stadion will require over half of what the original stadium had cost over a decade ago. The burden comes at hard times of COVID-19, so the city is willing to help.
The Netherlands: AZ Alkmaar reveal new roof
9 months ago they barely avoided a tragedy, when the old roof collapsed. Now AZ Alkmaar have revealed that BAM will deliver the new structure, which will enable stadium expansion.
The Netherlands: Final report on AZ Alkmaar roof collapse
Royal HaskoningDHV have concluded their months-long investigation into the August 10 collapse of the roof at AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar. Their final conclusion: a mixture of poor welding, design errors and corrosion.
Alkmaar: The plan for AFAS Stadion's future
While the image is nowhere near final, there's a solid vision of what should happen to AFAS Stadium when the new roof is installed. Without major intervention into existing stands capacity might grow by as many as 5,000 seats.
The Netherlands: Roof or not, AZ wins on return home
Almost 130 days after the collapse of its roof, AFAS Stadion is open once more. To mark the occasion, AZ Alkmaar managed to defeat Ajax Amsterdam and tie at the very top of Eredivisie. Now they're about to play until May without a roof.
Alkmaar: AZ removing most of the roof
We know the initial report conclusions, final one is expected in 2020. Also in 2020, AFAS Stadion will receive its new roof, possibly significantly different than the old one. Until then fans won't be protected from the elements.
Alkmaar: Preliminary information about AFAS Stadium catastrophe
Couple of days after the roof over AFAS Stadium collapsed an investigation to determine the cause of the catastrophe is underway. So far, the main suspects are photovoltaic panels installed there in 2016.
Alkmaar: Roof collapse shakes AZ stadium
Central portion of the roof over opposite straight's fell onto the seats below on Saturday afternoon. There are no injuries, emergency services are on site.
Netherlands: Alkmaar working on stadium expansion
Feasibility study is in the works, outcome should be known soon. AZ Alkmaar want to add seats to boost both capacity and atmosphere. The move should be beneficial economically.
Netherlands: AZ buy back their stadium
It’s a historic moment for AZ Alkmaar as they become one of few stadiums across the Netherlands to actually own the stadium they play at. It’s back in their hands after 7 years.
Netherlands: Alkmaar another stadium to go solar
AZ Alkmaar join the effort to supply clean energy. Their stadium could be able to supply 125 households with solar power.
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