De Grolsch Veste (Epi Drost Stadion)
|Other names||Arke Stadion (1998-2008)|
|Inauguration||10.05.1998 (FC Twente - PSV Eindhoven, 3-0)|
|Cost||NLG 33 million (1998), € 50 million (2008), € 15 million (2011)|
|Address||Colosseum 65, 7521 PP Enschede|
Description: De Grolsch Veste
Opened after less than 1.5 year of construction, the stadium in Enschede could take up to 13,250 people. That number soon proved well underestimated, After a decade the west and north stands were vastly expanded, almost doubling the capacity at 24,000.
This also didn't meet all needs and Twente proceeded with further expansion, this time to the south. Unfortunately, the works had to be halted after a few months, when the roof over south stand collapsed, killing 2 workers. This led to a delay and finally the new sections were completed in early 2012.
For the final phase Twente plan to further expand the western side by some 4,000 seats, while currently lowest east side will get a new 2nd tier, altogether giving 44,000. The plan should be done around 2015.
In the first decade of its existence the stadium was named Arke Stadion, while further naming rights deal with Grolsch brewery led to a shift in 2008. Since then the ground is known as De Grolsch Veste, with Veste meaning a fortress – rarely used in stadium naming. Among some fans the venue is known as Epi Drost Stadion, the player who fought for Twente in over 400 games.
Netherlands: Twente to consider safe standing for Vak-P
FC Twente announced an analysis into the potential of installing safe standing sections at De Grolsch Veste. This would make a long-standing dream of fans come true.
Netherlands: No prosecutions after Twente disaster
Nobody will be prosecuted for the partial collapse of the FC Twente stadium in 2011 that killed two people and injured nine others, reports the Dutch prosecutor on Thursday.
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Netherlands: Twente and Grolsch stick together
After seven years of cooperation both companies confirmed today they will continue their partnership. Twente’s stadium will retain the name De Grolsch Veste.
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Enschede: Three years since the roof collapse
FC Twente and their fans today remember Peter and Dave, two construction workers killed in the 2011 tragedy. It’s already been three years since the stadium expansion was seized dramatically.