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De Kuip: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The stadium originally seated 32,000 people and underwent a renovation in the 1990s that increased capacity to 54,000. De Kuip, officially called Stadion Feijenoord, is a new world-class stadium that was built in the 1930s to provide Feyenoord with a new home. The stadium originally seated 32,000 people and underwent a renovation in the 1990s that increased capacity to 54,000.

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

History and description

Feyenoord played their first match in the stadium on October 14, 1935. The De Kuip stadium was built in the 1930s to provide Feyenoord with a new world-class stadium. Feyenoord played their first match in the stadium on October 14, 1935. The new stadium was inspired by club-president Van Zandvliet, whose ambition for the club involved a new 65,000-stadium.

Many people doubted the viability of his plans, but the Rotterdam city council voted in favor and hired two architects to study Europe. They returned especially inspired by the newly constructed double-decker stand at Highbury.

The stadium first held a match on October 14, 1936 when Feyenoord Rotterdam played Excelsior Rotterdam. The stadium was officially inaugurated on December 6 of the same year. Construction of the De Kuip stadium began in 1935 and was completed only 10 months later. The stadium was ready for use in July of 1936, however due to infrastructure shortcomings around it, the first match had to be postponed. On October 14, 1936, Feyenoord Rotterdam played Excelsior Rotterdam in the inaugural match at the De Kuip Stadium. The De Kuip Stadium officially opened on December 6th of that same year.

On the 27th of March 1937, De Kuip finally opened with a match between Feyenoord and Belgian side Beerschot. A month later, on the 27th of April 1937, Dutch national team played its first international at the stadium against Belgium.

De Kuip turned into one of the prime venues of Europe in the next decades, hosting various European cup finals.

The first was the final of the 1963 Cup Winners' Cup between Tottenham and Atlético Madrid, the second another Cup Winners' Cup final in 1968 between Milan and Hamburg, followed by the 1972 European Cup final between Ajax and Inter (2-0), and another Cup Winners' Cup final in 1974, this time between Magdeburg and Milan.

In the 1980s, De Kuip hosted the 1982 European Cup final between Aston Villa and Bayern (1-0), as well as the 1985 Cup Winners' Cup final between Everton and Rapid Wien. A fifth and sixth Cup Winners' Cup final were hosted in 1991 and 1997, the first between Manchester United and Barcelona, and the second between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

In 2002, the final of the UEFA Cup was played at De Kuip and Feyenoord beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2.

Due to the extensive redevelopment of De Kuip, it had fallen short on safety requirements by the early 1990s. Works included a thorough refurbishment of the stadium stands as well as new corporate facilities, and installation of a roof over the previously uncovered stands.

De Kuip was chosen to host the final of the Euro 2000 championships, receiving preference over the newer and slightly bigger Amsterdam ArenA. During the tournament, De Kuip hosted three group matches, the quarter-final between Holland and Yugoslavia (6-1), and the final between France and Italy (2-1).

Feyenoord have been contemplating either renovating De Kuip or building a new stadium for a long time. The decision finally fell in favour ofbuilding a new 63,000-seater stadium next to De Kuip, though the club still needs to obtain planning permission and arrange funding, and realization is therefore far from guaranteed.

(photos of the present De Kuip below)

How to get to the De Kuip

De Kuip is located on the south bank of the river Meuse, which is just a few hundred metres away from the river, but about 4.5 kilometres from Rotterdam's city centre and more than 5.5 kilometres from the central rail station. If coming by car, the stadium is best reached from the A16 motorway. From the exit 24 Feijenoord, follow the Stadionweg west until reaching the stadium.

If using public transport, it is advised to take tram 23 from Rotterdam's central rail station. After a 20-minute journey, get off at stop Stadion Feijenoord. On matchdays one can also take tram 29.

Another option is to take the train to the Lombardijen railway station, located on the south bank, and continue with tram 2 in the direction of Charlois. After a 6-minute journey get off at either station Beukendaal or Breeplein. The stadium is a further 10-minute walk away. Both trams run at least once every 10 minutes.

On matchdays, it is also possible to catch a train from Rotterdam Central Station (or Dordrecht) to the adjacent station Stadion Feijenoord. There is no train service to this station on non-matchdays.

Address: Van Zandvlietplein 1, 3077 AA Rotterdam

Eat, drink, and sleep near De Kuip

The stadium lies in a poor area of Rotterdam. Some people still feel that eating and drinking can best be done in Rotterdam's city centre, from where it is a short public transport ride to the stadium. The area around Stadhuisplein is good for drinking, although Rotterdam nightlife is rather dispersed over the central areas.

There are no hotels located near De Kuip in the immediate vicinity. The closest hotels are in the Kop of Zuid area on the renovated and edgy south bank, from where one can walk to the stadium in about half an hour. Otherwise, there are many good options in Rotterdam's center.

Feyenoord Tickets

Tickets for Feyenoord matches can be bought online, or at the Service & Tickets booths at De Kuip. If tickets remain available, they can be bought on the gate from 3.5 hours before kick-off. However, Feyenoord tends to sell out most league games so booking in advance is strongly recommended.

To purchase tickets for Feyenoord matches with a high risk for fan violence, the club requires possession of a Feyenoord Club Card. This card is usually issued to current or former members of the Feyenoord supporterclub.

The ticket prices for lower-tier seats and central seats at the long sides range from 23.50 to 48.50 dollars.

For more information call +31 (0) 900 1908.

De Kuip stadium tours

The De Kuip stadium organises guided tours that include the players tunnel, VIP areas, and the Feyenoord Museum. The tour lasts about ninety minutes. The tours typically run from Wednesday to Saturday and occasionally from Monday to Tuesday. There are usually three tours offered each day at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Tours are limited to a certain number of participants, so booking is recommended. Bookings can be made online. The tour costs $13.50.

Relevant Internet links

Feyenoord.nl is the official website of Feyenoord Rotterdam. Dekuip.nl is the official website of De Kuip. Rotterdam.info is the website of the Rotterdam tourist board. RET.nl is a website that provides public transport information in Rotterdam. 9292ov.nl is a website that provides a journey planner for public transport in Rotterdam.

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The stadium originally seated 32,000 people and underwent a renovation in the 1990s that increased capacity to 54,000. De Kuip, officially called Stadion Feijenoord, is a new world-class stadium that was built in the 1930s to provide Feyenoord with a new home. The stadium originally seated 32,000 people and underwent a renovation in the 1990s that increased capacity to 54,000.

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