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The Lotto Park is a football stadium in the municipality of Anderlecht, Brussels. It is home to R.S.C. Anderlecht. It also hosted the UEFA Euro 1972 semifinal Hungary against Soviet Union, as well as several games of the Belgium national football team.

Lotto Park
Stade Constant Vanden Stock.jpg
Former namesEmile Versé Stadium, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium
LocationAnderlecht, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°50′3.1″N 4°17′54.1″E / 50.834194°N 4.298361°E / 50.834194; 4.298361Coordinates: 50°50′3.1″N 4°17′54.1″E / 50.834194°N 4.298361°E / 50.834194; 4.298361
OperatorR.S.C. Anderlecht
Capacity22,500 [1][2]
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster[3]
Construction
Broke ground1917
Opened1917
Renovated1983
Tenants
R.S.C. Anderlecht

OverviewEdit

It was in 1917 that R.S.C. Anderlecht installed, on the border of the Meir Park (later renamed Astrid Park), a new stadium with only one wooden stand. They called it Émile Versé Stadium, in the name of a generous patron. Later, concrete stands were set up. Though, in 1983, the stadium was completely rebuilt and took the name of the club's then chairman Constant Vanden Stock. Its capacity was decreased to 21,500 [4]. During European competitions, the stadium is all-seated, which decreases its capacity. In 2010 the son of Constant Vanden Stock, Roger, announced together with RSC Anderlecht's manager Herman Van Holsbeeck that the club was going to build a third ring above the two existing[5] in order to increase the stadium's capacity to 30,000 places. To date, these works have not started, and it is doubtful they will, as in 2014 Anderlecht agreed to become anchor tenant of the planned 60,000+ new national stadium, thus sealing the fate of their spiritual home. In summer 2012, rail seats for safe standing were fitted on the terracing behind each goal.[6] In 2019, the stadium was renamed from Constant Vanden Stock Stadium to Lotto Park, after the sponsor.

The stadium address is Avenue Théo Verbeecklaan 2, B-1070 Anderlecht. It is located near Saint-Guidon/Sint-Guido metro station. Rival supporters must stop at Aumale metro station for UEFA Champions League matches due to security measures. The stadium hosts a former one-star restaurant (Le Saint-Guidon) and a cafeteria, as well as the official club fanshop and the ticketing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Een nationaal stadion stamt uit de koloniale tijd erasmix.be, 15 may 2013
  2. ^ "Constant Vanden Stock Stadion". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "La sixième pelouse d'Europe" (in French). rsca.be. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Een nationaal stadion stamt uit de koloniale tijd erasmix.be, 15 may 2013
  5. ^ "Stade - Le RSCA restera à Anderlecht et il a opté pour un troisième anneau" (in French). rsca.be. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/news/2012/07/belgium_anderlecht_gives_cvds_a_makeover

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