Hitachi Stadion (Euroborg)
|500 (VIP seats)|
|1200 (Bussiness class seats)|
|Other names||Noordlease Stadion (2016-2018), De Groene Kathedraal (nickname)|
|Inauguration||13.01.2006 (FC Groningen - SC Heerenveen)|
|Cost||€ 45.5 million|
|Construction||Ballast Nedam, Royal BAM Group, Volker Wessels|
|Address||Boumaboulevard 41, 9723 ZS Groningen|
Hitachi Stadion – stadium description
Plans of building a new stadium in Groningen came in 1990s, when the existing Oosterparkstadion wasn't fit to meet modern requirements any more. Due to small space for expansion, a new site was chosen in the south-eastern side of the city, where power plant used to stand before.
Wiel Arets was hired to design the stadium, which initially was intended to have a retractable roof. Later, due to budget constraints, the plan was downsized. Along with ESTE architects Arets incorporated a school, cinema and casino, all with extensive underground parking facilities for over 1,000 vehicles.
Aside from the €45.5 million stadium two high-rise buildings and a commercial outlet were planned, together priced at € 160 million. All of the buildings have calm and 'cold' cladding of architectural concrete with minor decorations.
The name is an amalgamation of Europa-Park zone and borg (castle), originating from the contractor's name Bouborg (later Ballast-Nedam) and also corresponding to the stadium's location on a hill partly surrounded by water canals.
In 2004 construction began on the stadium and was to end in mid-2005. Then remaining buildings were to be done. However, after half a year of delays the stadium was only opened in January 2006 by footballer Arjen Robben.
In the future it's possible to expand Euroborg up to some 33,000-35,000 by adding an extra tier of seating over the two existing ones.
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