The Johan Cruijff Arena (formerly Amsterdam ArenA) is the soccer stadium of Ajax, Amsterdam's famous soccer club. The stadium was opened in 1996 and is the largest stadium in Holland with over 54,000 seats. To honor Johan Cruijff, the world-famous soccer player from Amsterdam, the stadium was officially renamed the Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018.
- See the place in which so many soccer greats played matches.
- Discover the secrets of the largest stadium in Holland with the stadium tour.
- Renamed from Amsterdam ArenA to Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018 to honor the famous player.
The Arena was designed by the architect Rob Schuurman. Schuurman liked to work with associations; for example, the stadium looks like a flying saucer. The stairwells are diagonally interconnected, like the shoelaces in soccer boots. The roof can be closed in bad weather. Together with the GelreDome in Arnhem, the Johan Cruijff Arena is the only Dutch stadium that allows this.
The professional soccer player Johan Cruijff, who died in March 2016, started his soccer career with the Amsterdam-based club Ajax. In 1999, he was elected European Football Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. To honor this soccer legend, the stadium was officially renamed the Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018.
In addition to great soccer matches, the stadium has also hosted concerts by countless celebrities, including Michael Jackson, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Pavarotti, and others. The wedding party for King Willem-Alexander and Máxima was also held at the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Have you always wanted to feel the grass in the Arena? Or check out the dressing rooms? Book a tour of the Johan Cruijff Arena and experience the place that has brought forth so many soccer legends.
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