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Abe Lenstra Stadion: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

It hosted the opening game of the 2018 World Cup. The Abe Lenstra Stadion was one of the first newly built modern stadiums in the Netherlands and it hosted the opening game of the 2018 World Cup.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

A new stadium was built for Heerenveen in Abe Lenstra Stadium, which made the club more popular and allowed the site of their previous ground to be used for an expansion of a nearby hospital. The stadium was not completed on time and the cost overruns. The first plans for the construction of a new stadium were presented in 1992, and construction got approved in 1993. Shortly after construction started, the stadium was not completed on time and cost overruns occurred.

At the request of the city council, the corners were closed on the design originally assumed to have four separate stands.

The Abe Lenstra Stadion officially opened on 20 August 1994 with a friendly between Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven. The match was the debut of Brazilian Ronaldo (Luís Nazario de Lima) on European soil.

The stadium initially had 13,800 seats, which sold out consistently from its inauguration. Plans were therefore soon made to expand the stadium.

Corporate facilities got improved in a first step, after which proper expansion works started in 2004. These involved the addition of extra rows of seating on top of three out of four stands. Work were gradually performed over the duration of a few years, and increased capacity to its current level.

Heerenveen have considered further expansions, but have decided not to go ahead with them because attendance has decreased in the past.

How to get to Abe Lenstra Stadion

The stadium can be reached by car, bus and tram. The Abe Lenstra Stadion is located slightly east of Heerenveen's town centre and train station. The walk from the centre will take about 10 minutes, and the train station 5 to 10 minutes more. The stadium can be reached by car, bus, and tram. Alternatively, take bus 48 to Lemmer Lemsterpad. Get off at stop Abe Lenstra Boulevard. Buses leave two to three times an hour for the 7-minute journey.

Abel Lenstra Stadion is adjacent to the A32 motorway. Exit 11 (from the south) or 12 (from the north), and follow the signs to the stadium. The stadium is clearly visible from the motorway.

Address: Abe Lenstra boulevard 19, 8448JA Heerenveen

Heerenveen Tickets

You can buy tickets for SC Heerenveen games online, or at the club shop at the stadium. If tickets are still available, they can be bought on the day of the match at the ticket windows of Abe Lenstra Stadium. Heerenveen used to sell out most of their home matches, but they've recently seen a slight decrease in attendance, which makes tickets easily available in advance.

Make sure to check the official website for any club card requirements for a particular match Heerenveen.

Price ranges for tickets vary depending on where you sit. Tickets for lower-tier games cost between  20.00 and  25.00, while tickets for higher-profile matches can cost between  26.00 and  31.00.

You can find a seating plan here.

Abe Lenstra Stadion tours

Heerenveen offer guided stadium tours that visit the dressing rooms, players tunnel, VIP lodges, press room, players home, and the Pronkkeamer Heerenveen museum. The tour lasts around 120 minutes. To book a tour, please call +31 (0) 513 612 100 or email [email protected] for more information.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of SC Heerenveen and the website of the Heerenveen tourist office are both located at The public transport journey planner is available at

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