Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam)

  • Summer Olympic Games 1928
  • UCI Track World Championships 1938
  • UCI Track World Championships 1948
  • Point of departure of the Tour de France 1954
  • KNVB Cup Final 1958
  • UCI Track World Championships 1959
  • International Football Cup final in 1961/62
  • Finals in the European Champions Cup 1961/62
  • The Amsterdam Rock Circus 1972
  • The start and finish of the Amsterdam Marathon (since 1975)
  • Finals in the European Cup Winners' Cup 1976/77
  • KNVB Cup Final 1978
  • Finals in the UEFA Cup 1980/81
  • Speedway individual World Cup Finals 1987
  • Weltgymnaestrada 1991
  • Finals in the UEFA Cup 1991/92
  • Dutch Supercup 1994
  • European Athletics Championships 2016

The Olympic Stadium Amsterdam (Dutch Olympic Stadium ) is a football stadium with track and field facility in the district of Amsterdam Stadionbuurt (Netherlands). It was built as the main venue for the Olympic Summer Games in 1928 and designed by the Dutch architect Jan Wils. The plant is Rijksmonument as a historical monument.


According to the original plans for the Summer Games of 1928, completed in 1914 Old Stadium, named after its architect Harry - Elte stadium should be rebuilt to the Olympic Stadium. The old stadium was right next to today's Olympic Stadium, and was until 1928 with a capacity of 29,000 spectators, the largest football stadium in Amsterdam. From an urban planning reasons we finally decided to build a new Olympic Stadium. The old stadium was used during the Olympic Games as a venue for hockey games and was subsequently demolished.

The Olympic Stadium had a capacity of 34,000 spectators at its completion. After the construction of the Feyenoord Stadium ( De Kuip ) in Rotterdam in 1937, the city of Amsterdam decided to expand the stadium to 64,000 seats. January Wils designed a second ring on stands.

After the Olympic Games of 1928, the stadium has been regularly used for various sporting events, including athletics, speedway, hockey and cycling. The Tour de France in 1954 launched the outside of the stadium; three times - 1938, 1948 and 1959 - Velodrome UCI Track World Championships were on the local, now defunct, discharged. The most important users, however, were the football clubs Blauw - Wit Amsterdam and AFC DWS (1972 fused to FC Amsterdam), whose home ground was the Olympic Stadium. 1962 took place in the Olympic Stadium, the final of the European Champions Cup between Benfica and Real Madrid ( Full 5:3 ).

Ajax used the stadium for home games, the expected number of audience exceeded the capacity of their own De Meer stadium, and playing games on weekdays, which required the use of floodlights. Among other things, contributed Ajax 1992 -final second leg of the UEFA Cup against Torino Calcio in the Olympic Stadium from where it secured by a 0-0 winning the title. Already in 1981, the AZ Alkmaar had denied at the same place the final second leg against Ipswich Town, but could not win the title. 1987 took place the Speedway single World Cup final in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium over two days. Ajax took the Olympic Stadium until the opening of the Amsterdam Arena in 1996.

The Olympic Stadium was then designed by architect Andre van Stigt that ' based on drawings Wils, dismantled and the original condition approximated stronger again. The second ring from 1937 has been removed, as well as the velodrome of concrete. The stadium was once again an example of the architectural style of the Amsterdam School. It was reopened on 13 May 1997 by Prince Willem -Alexander and is now used in sports, especially in athletics competitions.

After the application of Amsterdam was successful for the European Athletics Championships in 2016 and 4 November 2011 the Dutch capital against Istanbul (Turkey ) and Split ( Croatia) prevailed, the European Championships will be held in the Olympic Stadium.