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Ajax FC’s Amsterdam ArenA undergoing revamp

The Amsterdam ArenA, home of Ajax FC, has kicked off a large-scale renovation project.

The lower and upper tier concourses at the stadium, which is also used by the Dutch national team for international matches, will be enlarged. The project is the largest renovation since the ArenA was opened in 1996.

Seats in the lower south stand have already started to be replaced with red seating to reflect the team’s colours.

Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA, and Cenk Düzyol CEO of contractor Ballast Nedam, signed a contract just before Christmas for the execution of the first phase on the railway side of the stadium.

Markerink said:

In the past 20 years, the ArenA continued to invest in quality, innovation and sustainability. The coming major renovation also fits within that vision. In this way, the ArenA remains ‘up to date’ and continues to play in the major league of football stadiums.

We are looking forward to the cooperation with Founder Ballast Nedam, who was a partner from the very start, and to the start of the new construction on the east side of the stadium.

Project ArenA 2020 consists of three phases. Phase 1 concerns the east side of the stadium. For this, Ballast Nedam will also provide the detail engineering. Phase 1 will be followed by phase 2 (south side) and phase 3 (north side). Once these three phases have been completed, together with the already renovated main building, the ArenA will have undergone a 360 degree renovation.

Project 2020 aims to provide much more space in the concourses behind the stands on the first and second tier.

Additional lifts, toilets, catering points and escalators will also be provided. This will mean a major improvement in quality and service for the visitors to the stadium.

The number of seats in the stadium will remain the same.

The appearance of the stadium will also change: the shape of the Amsterdam ArenA will go from concave to convex.

Image: Artist impression Phase 1 east side stadium, courtesy of Ajax FC