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Around The Grounds: De Kuip, Feyenoord

By Chris Wright

Alas, news is filtering through to us that Feyenoord’s home of 76 years, De Kuip (or “Stadion Feijenoord” to give it its proper name), is to be replaced in 2018 after the Dutch club okay-ed plans to begin building a new, larger 63,000-capacity stadium right next to the 46,000-capacity ground they currently inhabit.

Nicknamed “De Kuip” (The Tub) by Feyenoord fans, the stadium was built in 1935 after originally being modeled on Highbury and first opened in 1937 before swiftly becoming the precursor to many other modern football stadiums, given it’s “bowl” design and the relatively cheap materials from which it was built: glass, concrete and steel. It was finally renovated to its current all-seater form in 1994.

While the prospect of a glitzy new stadium is always intriguing, it’s safe to say that most Feyenoord fans are firmly against leaving their spiritual home – and it’s easy to see why…

(Photos: PA)

More in Pies’ Around the Grounds series…

Upton Park, West Ham
San Mames, Athletic Bilbao

FC Gspon’s Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium, The Highest Pitch In Europe

Valley Parade, Bradford City
Prenton Park, Tranmere
Wankdorf, Young Boys

Estadio Municipal, SC Braga

Home Park, Plymouth Argyle

Victoria Park, Hartlepool United
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Ninian Park, Cardiff City
Wankdorf Stadium, Young Boys
Portman Road, Ipswich Town
Recreation Ground, Aldershot

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By Chris on April 11th, 2013 in Featured, Photos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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8 Responses to “Around The Grounds: De Kuip, Feyenoord”

  1. quebec in your face says:

    Now that’s a beauty.

  2. Mokum says:

    Great ground, one of my favourites even as an Amsterdammer. Always great to play a Cup-final with our fans in it. The acoustics there should be something everyone wants to emulate.

  3. Jarren says:

    Why fix what isn’t broken?

    Do they expect to fill 63k seats every game?

    Might be possible for the occasional visit of Ajax, but really for every game?

  4. Mokum says:

    @Jarren: it mostpy has to.do with corporat
    e boxes. And as much as I hate to say it, 010 could easily fill 80k if they wanted to.

  5. Chris says:

    The dutch definitely do it right.

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  7. Chris says:

    Pure football facility, visions of 1993 when Koeman somehow remained on the pitch after bringing down Platt. You know what I’m talking about. The stadium was rocking that night.

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