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, after the Amsterdam Arena and the Sportpaleis. It had a capacity of 38,000 spectators. The Goffertstadion opened on 8 July 1939 and at that time was the third largest stadium in the Netherlands, after the Amsterdam Arena and the Sportpaleis. It has a capacity of 38,000 spectators.

Goffertstadion

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

It has been used for association football, rugby union, and cricket. The Goffertstadion opened on 8 July 1939. It is the third largest stadium in the Netherlands, and it has been used for association football, rugby union, and cricket. The stadium had been built during the crisis years by thousands of unemployed people. As the stadium was built in a den that the workers had to dig out without machinery, it quickly earned itself the nickname bloedkuul ("den of blood?").

The Goffertstadion was a project of the city of Nijmegen, but when it was completed both local clubs Quick and NEC refused to play at it as they already had their own stadiums and did not want to pay any rent for the Gofferstadion.

It took until 1942 for the first match to be played at the Goffert, the local derby, and only after NEC's home ground got damaged in the last year of the Second World War did the club permanently move to the Goffert.

NEC was never content with their new home. The stadium had a reputation of being cold and lacking soul, and the cycling tracks created a large distance between fans and players. This was especially true in less successful years when the club found it hard to fill the 30,000-stadium, and often not even attracted 5,000 fans.

In the 1990s, it was becoming increasingly clear that a new or redeveloped stadium would be necessary for the survival of the club. However, initial plans were never realised.

The safety measures taken had reduced the capacity of the stadium to around 10,000 places, and if the upcoming seating requirement were to take place, then the stadium would only be able to accommodate 5,000 people.

It was officially named the Peter Siemsen Stadium in honour of the former chairman of NEC. In 1998 plans for a complete redevelopment of the stadium finally got approved, and in January 2000 the new stadium opened with a friendly between NEC and Belgian side Anderlecht (3-1). The stadium was officially named the Peter Siemsen Stadium in honor of the former chairman of NEC.

Recently, NEC has contemplated expanding the stadium with a second tier, but lack of funds has prevented the execution of these plans.

(photos of the present Goffertstadion below)

How to get to the Goffertstadion

The Goffertstadion is located in the south of Nijmegen, about 3 kilometers from the city centre and central railway station. The stadium is in the middle of a large park, Goffertpark.  

You can also take a bus to the stadium. There are multiple buses that stop near the stadium, and the journey will take about 25 minutes.

Alternatively, take bus 4 or 8 from the central railway station. Take bus 4 in the direction of Wijchen and get off at stop Krekelstraat. From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Take bus 8 to Hatert and get off at stop Heideparkseweg. From there, it is also a 10-minute walk to the stadium.

Address: Stadionplein 1, 6532 AJ Nijmegen

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Goffertstadion

The Goffertstadion is located in the middle of the large Goffertpark. The surrounding area is mainly residential, and dining and drinking can therefore be done better in Nijmegen's very nice city center. The pricey Scandic Sanadome Hotel is the only hotel near the Goffertstadion, but is not best suited for visitors that come for their spa and health centre. It is therefore probably best to find yourself a hotel in Nijmegen?s city centre.

NEC Tickets

Tickets for NEC games can be bought online or at the club office at the stadium. If tickets are still available, they can be bought on the gate on the day of the match. NEC sometimes sells out, but for most games tickets will be easily available if bought in advance and also on the day.

Make sure to check the official website before you buy tickets, as NEC sometimes requires a NEC club card to be able to purchase them.

Tickets prices typically range from $19.50 for a seat behind the goal to $27.50 for a central seat at one of the sides. Prices are increased for a few high-profile matches.

Relevant Internet links

NEC NiJmegen's official website and tourism information website for the Arnhem-Nijmegen region is nec-nijmegen.nl, while 9292ov.nl is a public transport journey planner.

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