Allsvenskan
Fr 19:00
Primera Division
Fr 22:30
Primera Division
Fr 23:00
The most important soccer matches this week from Monday to Thursday.
The upcoming soccer matches this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Johan Cruijff ArenA: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Amsterdam ArenA was built in the 1990s and replaced Ajax's previous home De Meer, which had an insufficient capacity.

Arena

/assets/nicole-sommer.jpg
Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Friday, 01.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Johan Cruijff ArenA, previously called the Amsterdam ArenA, was built between 1993 and 1996. It replaced Ajax's previous home, the De Meer, which had become too small for the club. On August 14, 1996, the Amsterdam ArenA officially opened with a match between Ajax and AC Milan. The first goal in the new arena was scored by Dejan Savicevic. The construction cost for the Arena amounted to $96 million.

The Amsterdam ArenA is the first football stadium in Europe with a retractable roof. It can take about 20 minutes to open or close the roof.

Shortly after the opening of the stadium, it was discovered that the design did not account for good grass growing conditions and as a result, the pitch had to be renewed up to 5 times a year. These problems were later resolved with the installation of innovative grass growing technology, consisting of a combination of lamps, wind turbines, and water sprinklers.

The Johan Cruijff ArenA has a total of 2,229 business seats and an additional 820 seats in sky boxes. The stands are among the steepest in Europe, with the second tier having an angle of 37 degrees.

In 1998, the stadium hosted the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. In 2013, the Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica was held at the stadium.

The Amsterdam ArenA was one of the venues of the Euro 2000 championships. It hosted three group match, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Holland and Italy (0-0).

The stadium has been chosen to be one of the playing venues of the Euro 2020 tournament. For this, the stadium got refurbished, resulting in larger concourses and a new facade.

How to get to the Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is located in the south-east of Amsterdam, about 10 kilometers from the city center. It has an indoor arena with a capacity of 38,000 and is home to Association football club Ajax, as well as handball club HC Den Bosch. The metro station Eindhoven is also close by and can be reached in 10 minutes.

The metro takes very little longer and also stops at the same station as well as the station Strandvliet/ArenA that lies on the north side of the stadium. Take metro 54 from Amsterdam Central Station, or any of the stops in Amsterdam city centre. Metro 50 connects the stadium with southern and western parts of the city (e.g. Amsterdam Zuid station).

Address: ArenA Boulevard 1, 1101 AX Amsterdam

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is part of a large entertainment and shopping complex, which includes a large cinema and two of Holland's principal concert venues (the Ziggo Dome and Afas Live). There are also a few places to get some fast food or have a drink, though options remain rather limited. Recently, there have been several new hotels open near the Amsterdam ArenA, including Hampton by Hilton, the futuristically shaped Fletcher Hotel, and the Jaz Hotel. If arriving by car, the road-side and affordable Bastion Deluxe Hotel is a decent option, though you may need to catch a metro to get to the arena. Click here for an overview of hotels near the Amsterdam ArenA.

Of course, most will prefer to stay closer to Amsterdam?s lively city centre.

Ajax Tickets

Tickets for Ajax games can be bought online. If tickets remain available, they can usually be bought at the ticket windows of the Johan Cruijff ArenA on the day of the match. However, recently Ajax have been selling out well in advance.

You will pay ?25.00 for a seat behind the goal and between ?30.00 and ?50.00 for a seat at one of the sides for a regular match. Prices will get increased for the games against Feyenoord and PSV.

Ajax occasionally require possession of an Ajax Club Card to buy match tickets, but most matches go on general sale. There is a separate ticket portal for foreigners to buy tickets.

Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours

The Johan Cruijff ArenA offers guided tours that include the press room, mixed zone, VIP areas, and dressing rooms. The tour lasts about 60 to 75 minutes and is in English and Dutch. Tours are available in both English and Dutch. The tours run every half an hour on weekdays and every 20 minutes on the weekends. You can check the latest schedule here. On the weekend, you can also follow a self-guided tour, which allows you to follow a route around the stadium at your own pace.

The tour costs ?16.95. Bookings are not required, but can be made online.

Related Internet links

The Ajax website is the official website of FC Ajax and the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The Amsterdam tourist board's website is Iamsterdam.com. Dutch public transport information including train times and fares can be found at NS.nl. The bowl is modern with each side identical. The stadium was built as part of a new out of town development, part of a concrete jungle. Being outside Amsterdam it feels somewhat cut off from the city. I believe they want to increase the capacity, but this will not improve the architectural character.

It is a modern bowl with each side having the same features. The stadium was built as part of a new out of town development, which is part of a kind of "concrete jungle." Being outside Amsterdam, it feels somewhat cut off from the city. I believe they want to increase the capacity, but this will not improve the architectural character.

Wojciech wrote on 8 August 2014 at 6:55 pm: One of my favorite stadiums! It stands out because it is very colorful. The tiers are very steep, but it is definitely worth a visit. Amsterdam itself is a very friendly city, and I would recommend it to anyone.

If you're looking for an unsafe and seedy part of Amsterdam, I'd suggest avoiding the Central Station area during night time. There are many construction sites going on around there, which makes the area look messy, but it is a very safe area due to the heavy police presence and security checkpoints.

There are hotels in the Amsterdam Arena, for example the recently opened and remarkable Fletcher hotel.

If you're looking for a safe and seedy place to stay in Amsterdam, I would suggest avoiding the Central station area altogether. It's a chaotic and populated area due to recent construction projects, but it's also incredibly safe thanks to the constant watchful eye of police and security personnel.

The tour did not include many parts of the stadium, fewer than most tours. It would have been nice to see the dugouts, players' tunnel, or VIP boxes. And to have the dressing rooms included in the standard tour. The stadium is impressive enough to make it a decent experience, especially if your primary aim is to make photos, but the feeling remains that there is more potential than the current tour offers.

Date visited: 29 October 2011

We had a great time, with the tourguide informing us about the history of Ajax. We learned a lot and would definitely recommend this as an excellent way to see Amsterdam.

The tour started with a pitch where professional photographers were available to take pictures. There was no opportunity to visit the dugouts, and instead we moved to the press room where our guide conducted a fake press conference with some of the tour's participants.

We later went to the second tier of the stadium to see the view. All the time, there was ample time to take photos and at the second tier we had some opportunity to walk around the stands. The guide provided background information in Dutch and in English.

As the group was very large, it took a lot of time tomove around the stadium. The guide was friendly, but spoke slowly, probably to facilitate the many non-native English speakers. This added to a feeling of slight tedium.

The guide could have provided more background information, or added some interesting facts. The tour included few parts of the stadium, less than in most tours, and it would have been nice to see the dugouts, players' tunnel, or VIP boxes. And to have the dressing rooms included in the standard tour.

Although the stadium is impressive, it doesn't feel like it offers a great experience. This is especially true if your main goal is to take pictures.

Fastest livescore
  • ✓ Fastest goal alarm
  • ✓ Most leagues
  • ✓ Fast scorers info
  • ✓ Quota integration
Other Websites + Arena
  • — No livescore
  • — Long delay to the goal alarm
  • — No player info
  • — No odds
Best soccer videos
  • ✓ Instant goal stories
  • ✓ International transfers
  • ✓ Summary videos
  • ✓ All livestreams at a glance
Other Websites + Arena
  • — No goal videos
  • — Local TV channels only
  • — No summaries
  • — Often illegal streams
Compact stats
  • ✓ All constellations
  • ✓ Real time game statistics
  • ✓ Live tables
  • ✓ Football predictions
Other Websites + Arena
  • — No exhibitions
  • — No player infos
  • — Obsolete tables
  • — Not suitable for betting
  Live Stream Matches
1 Matches
Allsvenskan - Round 12
Today
19:00
GIF Sundsvall
Malmö FF

Popular search queries

Arena

Johan Cruijff ArenA: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022).

The Amsterdam ArenA was built in the 1990s and replaced Ajax's previous home De Meer, which had an insufficient capacity.

Copyright © 2013-2022 SocaPro Inc - Global Gateway 8, SC
About Us    Terms and Conditions     Contact Us