Stadion Heracles Almelo
|300 (in 20 boxes) (VIP seats)|
|1,700 (Business seats)|
|Inauguration||10/09/1999 (Heracles Almelo - FC Zwolle, 1-1)|
|Record attendance||12,100 (Heracles Almelo - FC Twente, 29/08/2015)|
|Design||Hans van den Dobbelsteen (1999), Norbert Lienesch, pr8 architecten (2014-2015)|
|Address||Stadionlaan 1, 7609 Almelo, Nederland|
Description: Stadion Heracles Almelo
Construction of the new stadium began near the southern bypass of Almelo in 1998. Simple structure based on steel and concrete prefabs created one single tier of seating (with small standing section) for some 6,900 people. In 2005 capacity was increased to 8,500 viewers as demand kept growing, but even that proved below Heracles’ potential.
Since 2011 planning for a brand new stadium began. It was expected to house 15,000 people, but eventually got deadlocked and scrapped as unfeasible. Alternative plan was thus created by Heracles, this time envisioning a great expansion of the existing structure.
Thanks to a loan from the city, the club was able to begin phase one in 2014. This included adding great amount of floor space to the south and west stands, creating room for retail outlets. Second phase was delivered in 2015, adding another tier of seating to the stands, along with new roof and façade.
For years the ground was known as Polman Stadion as part of partnership with local businessman. However after the reconstruction increased commercial value of potential naming rights deal, the partnership ended.
Netherlands: Stadion Heracles ranked best nationwide
The reconstructed stadium in Almelo was graded as the best in terms of fan experience. With 97.9% satisfaction level it won the Fan Award.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Public Vote summary
Which nations voted most, which stadiums were selected most frequently, what average notes did they get. These are some of the questions we’ll answer here!
Stadium of the Year 2015: Last 48 hours to cast your vote!
We’re only two days away from the voting platform’s closing, so be sure to list your 5 favourite stadiums and vote. Already now over 34,000 people took part in this year’s vote.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Meet the nominee – Stadion Heracles
When construction of a brand new stadium proved impossible, they rebuilt the old one and made quite a good deal on it. Heracles Almelo finally can attract over 10,000 people per game.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Jury begins work along new rules
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Stadium of the Year 2015: Let the vote begin!
Whether it’s a phone, laptop, or any other device, from now on you can use it to select the best stadium opened in 2015. The vote is open for one month.
Stadium of the Year 2015: Meet the 22 nominees!
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Stadium of the Year 2015: Time to submit your nominees!
From now until Friday everyone around the world is welcome to submit nominees for the Stadium of the Year 2015 award! Which stadia do you think deserve to be included?
Netherlands: Heracles opens expanded stadium
Though still under construction, the upgraded stadium in Almelo was opened yesterday. Sell-out crowd, electric atmosphere and high victory over NEC Nijmegen – a perfect set!
Design and construction: Polman Stadion reimagined
Heracles Almelo want to pursue local rivals Twente Enschede by upgrading their stadium. Just 15 years from opening its capacity is about to double.
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.
Netherlands: Why so few standing sections in Eredivisie?
While further countries are opening debates on re-allowing terracing into stadiums, in the Netherlands this is allowed for a decade. Still, only 6 Eredivisie clubs allowed standing sections. Why so few? Report by MetroNieuws.nl.
Netherlands: No new stadium for Almelo, renovation instead
Heracles Almelo won't see their bold stadium plan come to fruition. The club now abandoned the 15,000-capacity project in favour of complete renovation and expansion of Stadion Polman.
Holland: Shops inside the stadium to sink the dream of Heracles?
Heracles Almelo hope to build their new 15,000-seater along with private partners Wyckerveste and BAM. But consultants report that placing 22,000 sqm of shopping space isn't feasible. Council is to vote on the idea on Tuesday, retaildetail.nl informs.