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Stadion Galgenwaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌstaːdijɔn ˈɣɑlɣə(n)ʋaːrt]) is a football stadium in Utrecht that has been the home of the football club FC Utrecht since 1970. The stadium, which underwent a renovation starting at the beginning of the 21st century, has a capacity of 23,750 spectators.

Stadion Galgenwaard
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Full nameStadion Galgenwaard
Former namesStadion Nieuw Galgenwaard
LocationUtrecht, Netherlands
Capacity23,750[1]
Field size105 × 68 m
Surfacegrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Built1930s
Opened21 May 1936
Renovated1981–1982
2000–2004
ArchitectZwarts & Jansma Architecten
Tenants
FC Utrecht (1970–present)
Aerial view of Stadion Galgenwaard

The stadium reopened in 1982 after an extensive facelift. At the time it was one of the most modern stadiums in the world, especially due to the moat around the pitch. After twenty years FC Utrecht felt the need for expansion and renewal. The main stand was moved to the North side and opened for the start of the 2001–2002 season.

The old main stand was rebuilt after that and a year later FC Utrecht had two new stands along the sides of the pitch. Last season, the goal stands were replaced, and the stadium now has 24,426 seats.

Seven international matches of the Dutch national football team were played in the stadium, the first one being on April 27, 1983: a friendly against Sweden (0–3). The last one, played on September 3, 2004, was also a friendly: a 3–0 win against Liechtenstein.

The stadium was also the host of 2 World Cup finals. In 1998, the Dutch hockey team became world champions, beating Spain in the final 3–2. In 2005, the final of the Football World Youth Championship was played in the Galgenwaard. Argentina won, beating Nigeria 2–1.

During the UEFA Women's Euro 2017, the stadium hosted 4 group stage matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-15. Retrieved 2016-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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