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The GelreDome (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣɛlrədoːm]) is a football stadium in the city of Arnhem, Netherlands. It is one of the largest and modern stadiums in the country, built from 1996 to 1998 at a cost equivalent to €75 million, that opened on 25 March 1998. The stadium is the home of the association football club Vitesse Arnhem since 1998. It was one of the stadiums used during Euro 2000 tournament held in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Full nameGelreDome
LocationArnhem, Netherlands
Coordinates51°57′46.38″N 5°53′34.13″E / 51.9628833°N 5.8928139°E / 51.9628833; 5.8928139Coordinates: 51°57′46.38″N 5°53′34.13″E / 51.9628833°N 5.8928139°E / 51.9628833; 5.8928139
CapacityFootball: 21,248 (maximum 25,500 without tarps)
Concerts: 41,000 (maximum)
Construction
Built1996–1998
Opened25 March 1998
ArchitectAlynia Architecten Harlingen bv
Tenants
Vitesse (1998–present)
Vitesse in the Europa League.
Qlimax at Gelredome.

Both international and Dutch artists have given concerts in the stadium, including Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Madonna, Prince, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Shakira, AC/DC, André Rieu, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

The stadium has a retractable roof, as well as a convertible pitch, that can be retracted, when unused during concerts or other events held at the stadium, and a climate control system. It has a capacity of 34,000 people for sports events, or 41,000 during concerts. The GelreDome pitch is surrounded on each side by four covered all-seater stands, officially known as the Edward Sturing Stand (North), Charly Bosveld Stand (East), Theo Bos Stand (South) and Just Göbel Stand (West).

The GelreDome currently holds a four-star rating by UEFA.

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HistoryEdit

The GelreDome replaced the Nieuw Monnikenhuize Stadion as Vitesse's home ground on 25 March 1998. Plans had been afoot to expand and to renovate the old and now demolished Nieuw Monnikenhuize. However, with a growing fan capacity and with arguments that the location of the old stadium was not strategic enough, the idea was conceived to build a new arena for the Vitesse fans.

The first match played at the stadium was a 4–1 victory by the home team against N.A.C. Breda in an Eredivisie match. The first goal in the new stadium was scored by Vitesse player Dejan Čurović.

International matchesEdit

Three international matches of the Dutch national football team were played in the stadium, the first one being on May 27, 1998: a friendly against Cameroon (0–1). The last one, played on April 26, 2000, was also a friendly: a 0–0 against Scotland. In 2019, the Netherlands women's national team, also played their an international (friendly) match at the stadium. Furthermore, the GelreDome was the location for three UEFA Euro 2000 group stage matches, as well as the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship tournament.

Euro 2000 matchesEdit

Date Time Stage Team #1 Res. Team #2
11 June 2000 2:30pm Group B   Turkey 1–2   Italy
17 June 2000 6:00pm Group A   Romania 0–1   Portugal
21 June 2000 6:00pm Group C   Slovenia 0–0   Norway

UEFA U21 2007 matchesEdit

Date Time Stage Team #1 Res. Team #2
11 June 2007 6:15pm Group B   Czech Republic 0–0   England
14 June 2007 8:45pm Group B   England 2–2   Italy
17 June 2007 8:45pm Group B   Italy 3–1   Czech Republic
20 June 2007 8:45pm Semi-finals   Serbia 2–0   Belgium

Davis Cup 2003Edit

Date Stage Team #1 Res. Team #2
7 February 2003 First round   Netherlands 2–3   Switzerland

KickboxingEdit

Date Stage Team #1 Res. Team #2
21 December 2019 Glory: Collision 2   Rico Verhoeven   Badr Hari

ConcertsEdit

Since opening in 1998, GelreDome has hosted hundreds of concerts from Dutch and international superstars, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Tiësto, Madonna, Coldplay, Sting, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, The Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake

MuseumEdit

The Vitesse Museum is located in the stadium, which shows Vitesse's more than 126 years of history.

TransportEdit

The stadium can be reached by a 30-minute walk from the Arnhem main railway station. Bus lines 7 and 331, departing from the Arnhem railway station, call at the 'GelreDome-stadion' bus stop, just outside the stadium.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Gelredome at Wikimedia Commons