Feyenoord - de Kuip

Short history

In 1937, Feijenoord Stadium was officially inaugurated. Since the big renovation in 1994, the stadium has a lot more to offer. De Kuip is currently the home stadium of football club Feyenoord. In total the stadium offers 51,117 seats. By the end of 1993 a total plan was presented and multifunctionality played an important role. Because of the expansion, the stadium should not be used 30 days/year, but at least 300. Result: a renovated stadium that works full time. The renovation project was divided in 3 phases: maintenance and renovation of the existing steel and concrete, the building of new facilities and the expansion of the possibilities of the stadium. New facilities like for example:

  • Business-to-business facilities
  • Expansion and modernization of press facilities
  • New training facilities for players (+new dressing rooms)
  • New officials' facilities
  • New catering opportunities
  • A spectacular roof construction that covers 85% of seats
After renovation the stadium had 40 business units extra, each 40 m² big. These units are equipped with a toilet, kitchen and balcony with 12 chairs, with an excellent view on the pitch. On top of these units, also 1200 business seats were placed.

Important events

De Kuip hosted over 150 international matches, with the first one being a match against Belgium on 2 May 1937. In 1963 De Kuip staged the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Tottenham Hotspur becoming the first British club to win a European trophy -- beating Atletico Madrid 5-1. A record ten European finals have taken place in the Feijenoord stadium, the last one being the 2002 UEFA Cup Final in which Feyenoord, coincidentally playing a home match, defeated Borussia Dortmund 3–2. In 2000, the Feijenoord stadium hosted the final of Euro 2000, played in the Netherlands and Belgium, where France defeated Italy 2–1 in extra time.

The stadium has hosted concerts since 1978. Among the first performers at De Kuip were Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton. David Bowie held his dress rehearsals and subsequently opened his 1987 Glass Spider Tour at the stadium. Michael Jackson performed at the stadium 5 times, 3 during the Bad World Tour (1988) and 2 during the Dangerous World Tour(1992), performing to a combined crowd of 270,000. Fewer concerts have been held at this venue since the opening of Amsterdam ArenA in 1996.