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Address
Olympisch Stadion 21, 1076 DE Amsterdam
 
Phone
+31 20 305 44 00
 
Website
 
 
Transport
Tram 16 Tram 24 Bus 62 to Stadionplein (129yds)
Olympisch Stadion

Amsterdam's Olympic stadium was built for the 1928 Olympics. It is located close to Stadionweg Road, in an area which has undergone extensive urban renewal. This renewal has seen the creation of several other well-designed sporting venues that complement the Olympic stadium.

The stadium has an imposing red brick exterior with the soaring Marathon Tower a prominent feature. The tower was created to hold the Olympic flame which was introduced for the first time during these games. The tower also housed audio speakers that were used to broadcast the sporting commentary on the events.

Over the decades it has undergone several renovations. It originally was built to accommodate just over 31,000 people and comprised simply of a large soccer bitch and a cycle and athletics track. Then in 1937, a second ring was added with seat capacity increasing to 64,000.

In the late 1980s, the stadium was due to be demolished but public opinion convinced the local government to preserve it and it subsequently became listed as a national monument. In 1996 it underwent extensive renovations to return it to its former glory. During this construction, the second ring was removed and the stadium now closely resembles its original appearance although the original bike track was also removed.

For many years it was home to the famous Amsterdam Ajax football team although, since 2005, their home base is Amsterdam Arena. Throughout the years it has been host to many domestic and international sporting events.

There is also a sports museum called the Olympic Experience Amsterdam, which opened in 2005. It tells the story of Dutch sport as well as the Olympics and many of the displays are interactive. There is an English guide available. Admission prices are reasonable and discounts are offered for children.

 
 
 

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