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Old July 23rd, 2009, 07:35 PM   #461
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Nice!!! - Even though I think it would have been better if they made the roof retractable or transparent to get more light in. And I'm not sure if that pitch really meets all the Fifa requirements.
What's the capacity???
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 10:21 PM   #462
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Laugh all you want but it is actually in a better state than 90% of Belgium's stadiums.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:03 PM   #463
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Interview Jos Vaessen: stadion met 44.000 plaatsen

Het stadion van Racing Genk, de Cristal Arena, krijgt een gedaanteverwisseling. Een hoop commerciële faciliteiten wordt bijgebouwd, én er komt een derde bijkomende ring in het stadion. Voetbalbelgië.be sprak met Jos Vaessen.

"De commerciële uitbouw van het stadion zit nu in de 'Project Mer'-fase", zegt Vaessen. "Deze zou tot begin volgend jaar duren. Als alles positief verloopt, en er zijn vandaag geen signalen dat dit niet zo zou zijn, kan daarna met de bouw begonnen worden. Deze uitbouw bestaat uit twee peilers, namelijk een detailhandel van sport en recreatieve producten, én diensten van sport en recreatieve aard. Zoals een fitnesscentrum, een bowlingzaal, snooker en een discotheek".

Cristal Arena met 44.000 plaatsen
Naast de uitbouw van commerciële activiteiten staat ook een stadionuitbreiding op de agenda. Jos Vaessen legt uit: "De mogelijke uitbouw van het stadion koppelen wij aan de kandidatuur van het WK 2018. Als wij de toewijzing krijgen, zullen wij inderdaad een derde ring krijgen met een totale capaciteit van 44.000 plaatsen."

"Daarmee hebben we echter niet het grootste stadion in België, want voor de organisatie van het WK 2018 zullen er nog drie of vier andere stadions komen met telkens evenveel plaatsen. Mogelijk komt er ook een stadion met een capaciteit van liefst 65.000 plaatsen voor de organisatie van een halve finale."

Bijkomende parkeerplaatsen
Racing Genk maakt ook werk van een nieuw parkeerplan voor de thuiswedstrijden. "Op termijn gaan we, naast de circa 5.500 parkeerplaatsen die we nu hebben, een uitbreiding voorzien van ongeveer 1.000 parkeerplaatsen die gekoppeld zijn aan de nieuwe 'Sport en Recreatie Site'. Bovendien zullen op het nieuwe industrieterrein dat uitgebouwd wordt op de terreinen van de mijn van Waterschei nog eens 1.000 extra parkeerplaatsen komen. Deze 1.000 extra parkeerplaatsen zouden mogelijk al binnen enkele maanden beschikbaar zijn."

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Interview with Jos Vaessen: Stadium with 44,000 seats

The stadium of Racing Genk, the Cristal Arena will get a metamorphosis. A lot of commercial facilities will be built, and there is a plan for an additional third ring in the stadium. Voetbalbelgië.be spoke with Jos Vaessen.

"The commercial development of the stadium is now in the 'Project Mer' phase," says Vaessen. "It will take until early next year. If everything is positive, and at present there are no signs that this would be not the case, then the construction can begin. This development consists of two "pillars", namely a retail of sports and recreational products "pillar", and a "pillar" with departments for sports and recreational nature. Also a fitness center, a bowling hall, snooker and a disco are planned.

Cristal Arena with 44,000 seats
In addition to the expansion of commercial activities there is also a stadium expansion on the agenda. Jos Vaessen explains: "The possible expansion of the stadium we link to the candidacy for the World Cup 2018. If we get the assignment for the tournement, we will indeed get a third ring which brings the total capacity up to 44,000 seats."

"That will not give us the largest stadium in Belgium, for organizing the 2018 World Cup, since there will be three or four other stadiums with the same capacity. Possibly there will also be a stadium with a capacity of no less than 65,000 seats for the organization of a semi-final game at the WC-2018."

Additional parking
Racing Genk is also working a new parkingplan for home games. "In time we will, in addition to the approximately 5,500 parking spaces we have now, have an extension of approximately 1,000 parking spaces linked to the new 'Sports and Recreation Site. Moreover, the new industrial area that will be developed on the areas of the mine Waterschei will hold another 1000 additional parking spaces. These 1,000 additional parking spaces might already be available within a few months."
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Old July 24th, 2009, 11:02 AM   #464
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You can laugh with it, but our museum is at least better than that of barcelona. There you pay 10 euro's for some pictures on a wall and some waste behind glass.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #465
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Sepp Blatter: FIFA will consider joint World Cup bid from Belgium and the Netherlands
20 July 2009

BRUSSELS (AP) - A joint World Cup bid by Belgium and the Netherlands to host either the 2018 or 2022 tournament will be considered by FIFA after all.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Monday that Belgian and Dutch officials assured him that their co-hosting candidacy would be run via a single organizing committee, not like the 2002 Japan-South Korea tournament, which posed a headache for football's governing body.

Blatter's comments appeared to reverse skeptical statements he made earlier this year, when he said joint bids will lose out in favor of a strong proposal from a solo host.

"After the World Cup 2002, the executive committee took a decision: never again a double candidature because it was absolutely wrong," Blatter said.

He said the way that tournament was run, with two organizing committees, different languages and budgets, made it too complex and cumbersome. But he said the Dutch-Belgian bid "is totally different," adding the bid was also a "sympathetic" one.

"The candidature like the Netherlands and Belgium shall be accepted because we have the evidence that there is only one organizing committee," Blatter said.

The two countries previously co-hosted the 2000 European Championship, which was considered a success.

Blatter and other senior FIFA officials were invited for talks with Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy and King Albert II at the royal palace on Monday to discuss the bid. Bid committee co-chair Alain Courtois said the candidacy "will answer all FIFA criteria."

Along with 10 other bids, Belgium and the Netherlands want to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. On top of about $1.42 billion for up to a dozen stadiums, the nations would also have to improve public access through airport and highway upgrades.

Belgium, with 10 million people, and the Netherlands, with 16.5 million, are counting on a sympathy vote of other small nations worldwide to clinch the right to organize the World Cup.

Blatter said the bid from the two was welcome "because we want to show that the World Cup can still be held in smaller countries."

He also welcomed a similar co-hosting bid submitted by Spain and Portugal, but Blatter said he had not yet visited Madrid or Lisbon to get a briefing on how they plan to organize their bid. A meeting in Spain is planned for October, Blatter said.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said he was examining all 11 preliminary bids, which also include applications by the United States, England and Russia. All candidates will have to submit a full bid book by next May.

The hosts will be chosen by the 24-member FIFA executive committee in December 2010.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #466
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It will be a tough battle to win this. But it would be very good for Belgium and my country since football is doing very well here. The stadiums are getting bigger already at many clubs, with or without the World Cup. And all clubs are healthy or forced by the Dutch FA (KNVB) to become healthy. Large debts as we see in so many other countries are not allowed, just as in for instance Germany. That keeps the sport and the clubs healthy in the long run.

Still England and Spain are the favorite for this bid I guess, but I for sure would welcome the World Cup 2018 or 2022 to the low countries.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 04:36 PM   #467
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The HollandBelgium Bid presents candidate host cities

Eindhoven 9 November 2009 – Today, the HollandBelgium Bid, the joint Belgian and Dutch bid for the 2018/2022 World Cup, presented the candidate host cities for the World Cup in the Evoluon in Eindhoven.

The HollandBelgium Bid had already presented its partners and a number of ambassadors on 21 September. Today in Eindhoven, the spotlight was on the twelve cities bidding to host World Cup matches. Belgium presented seven candidates: Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Genk, Ghent and Liège. The Netherlands presented five cities: Amsterdam, Enschede, Eindhoven, Heerenveen and Rotterdam. Amsterdam and Rotterdam each intend to have two stadiums ready. Altogether, twelve cities which would make fourteen stadiums available for the biggest football event in the world.

Eindhoven welcomed the administrative representatives (the mayors or their deputies) of the twelve candidate host cities, who are going ‘’Together for Great Goals’’. The candidate host cities symbolically signed under their participation in the bid and showed off their cities. They gave a culinary sample of what the millions of guests can expect in 2018 or 2022 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The new ambassador of The HollandBelgium Bid, former international goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff, was also presented today.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 11:22 PM   #468
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Heerenveen but no Groningen?!! No Utrecht or Alkmaar even just for consideration? I'm quite surprised. I knew some of them might be far fetched but still figured that at this stage the nation would like to foster more options. Might also keep enthusiasm high at those cities for possible improvements of any kind. Curious.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #469
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These five cities in the Netherlands have applied to be a host city. All the other cities had no real interest since they are lacking stadiums which can live up to FIFA demands. Maybe in the future Utrecht and Den Haag (The Hague) could have stadiums with a minimum of 44.000 seats, but short term there are no plans for such stadiums.

With Amsterdam and Rotterdam both bidding with two stadiums, there are now 7 candidate stadiums in 5 Dutch cities and 7 candidate stadiums in 7 Belgian cities (of which the majority is fairly close to the Dutch border). For sure this is the most campact bid in the heart of Europe, with stadiums which can be easily reached by many Europeans.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #470
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Expanding the Grolsch Veste to +/- 40.000 seats will make it suitable for a WC
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PSV heeft gewonnen, maar de toekomstige Grolsch Veste ziet er nog groter uit dan ik verwacht had.





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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #471
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Why is Japan being considered? Didn't they host the WC in 2002? 16 years is too close..
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Old January 20th, 2010, 10:39 PM   #472
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Why is Japan being considered?
Because they're bidding. They won't get it though, it's way too close as you said.

Anyway, this thead's not about Japan.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 01:37 AM   #473
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Belgium has to do a lot better concerning renewing their stadiums. There isn't one visionary or daring concept. Not like Turkey for instance, their ideas for Uefa 2016 are simply breathtaking. I hope Brugge, A'pen, Brussel and Luik/Liège will come up with fresh ideas.
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Beginning of march, we will get to see renders of the 7 future belgian stadiums.
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outside the WC, Anderlecht is going to rebuild its stadium into something like a mini allianz arena.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #476
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i've also heard that, how ridiculous. i'm sure it will be beautiful by Belgian standards, but to compare it with the allianz arena by Herzog & de Meuron, that's a bridge to far. Actually I'm quite excited for the new stadiums of Bruges and Antwerp. And off course in Brussels, as you know, OMA and Dominique Perrault are amongst others to redesign the Heizel, with possebly a new stadium.
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Because they're bidding. They won't get it though, it's way too close as you said.

Anyway, this thead's not about Japan.
Mexico hosted 1970 and 1986 World Cups
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Nice!!! - Even though I think it would have been better if they made the roof retractable or transparent to get more light in. And I'm not sure if that pitch really meets all the Fifa requirements.
What's the capacity???
The quality of the pitch is good, just a shame that there are'nt enough seats I take it, that the sculpture in the middle is bringing in the cultural aspect of the bid?
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Mexico hosted 1970 and 1986 World Cups
Mexico 1986 was a step in. The 1986 World Cup was initially awarded to Columbia, but this was withdrawn only 18 months for kick-off due to the then current civil war.
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Beginning of march, we will get to see renders of the 7 future belgian stadiums.
Were did you get this information.
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