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AMSTERDAM - Olympisch Stadion (22,500 | 1928 - present / max. 64.000 with second tier | 1937 - 1998)

The "Olympisch Stadion" (Olympic Stadium) of Amsterdam was built in 1926-1927 for the 1928 Olympics. The design was made by the Dutch architect Jan Wils. His design was also entered in the Olympic art competition, and won the gold medal. The stadium is constructed in concrete, with facades made of brick. It was the first olympic stadium to have also a cyclists track and it was the start of the tradition of the olympic fire.

The Amsterdam Olympic Stadium in its original shape, without the second tiers, during the 1928 Olympics (picture from Wikimedia Commons)

Its initial capacity was around 31.000, a combination of seats and standing terraces. With temporary stands on the athletics and cycling tracks, it could be increased to around 41.000. From 1928 until 1937 it was without doubt the national stadium of the Netherlands. In 1937 the "Stadion Feijenoord" in Rotterdam opened. A football temple wit a capacity of 65.000. That meant a serious threat for Amsterdam. Jan Wils got the assignment to develop plans to increase the capacity. At both short ends, a second tier was added as an enlargement of the existing tier. A free second tier, just like in Rotterdam, was regarded as impossible. The cycling and athletics track had to be visible from all seats.

Aerial view, September 1966 (photo from

View from the "Marathon toren", the tower of the first modern Olympic Fire, 1992. The original lampposts were removed in 1991 because of their poor condition. The 1992 UEFA Cup games were played with temporary constructions and just before the 1992/1993 season started new lampposts were installed (photo from

Interior view, January 25th, 1995 (photo from

The capacity of the Olympic Stadium increased to around 64.000. The tiers were constructed of concrete and glass, but this time without brick facades

The concrete facade of the second tier (photo from

Match Netherlands vs. Belgium, April 28th, 1957 (1-1) (photo from

The greatest disadvantage of this solution was that the majority of the spectators had to sit far away from the field, high behind both goals. The shape of the stadium was quite spoiled.

Match Ajax-PSV (3-0), April 18th, 1982; the distance to the closest goal is huge (photo from

Aerial view, it must have been taken between March 1996 and 1998. The 1992 lampposts are still present, but the lights were removed just after the Amsterdam ArenA opened in August 1996 (photo from

The second tier prevented "De Kuip" (the nickname for the Feyenoord Stadium) to acquire all international games of the Dutch national team. Until the late seventies, those games where equally shared between both cities. The Olympic stadium also became the home ground of two former Amsterdam football clubs: D.W.S. ("Door Wilskracht Sterk" ; Strong by will-power) and Blauw-Wit (blue and white). They merged into FC Amsterdam in 1972, together with "De Volewijckers" from the northern part of Amsterdam. FC Amsterdam relegated from the highest Dutch level in 1978 and went bankrupt in 1982.

The 1963/1964 D.W.S. team. They were champions of the Dutch Eredivisie in 1964. It was their first year on the highest level after promotion from the First Division, which is a feat that has never been repeated since by any other team after promotion. In 1964/1965 they would reach the quarter finals of the European Champions Cup.(picture from

Interior views, 1966 (pictures from

Ajax used the stadium since the unique play-off for the Dutch Championship in 1960 until the opening of the ArenA in 1996 for the majority of its matches against archrival Feyenoord, for most of its European matches and since the eighties also for many matches against the new superpower of Dutch football, PSV Eindhoven. Home matches in which Ajax could secure the Dutch Championship were also moved to this stadium. Between the opening of its own stadium "De Meer" in 1934 and 1960, Ajax saw no reason to use the Olympic Stadium.

Netherlands vs. Norway (3-0), November 6th, 1955 (photo from

Match Ajax-Feijenoord (1-1), April 19th, 1965 (photo's from

Match D.W.S. vs. Feijenoord (2-0), October 3, 1965 (photos from

The historic "Mistwedstrijd" (Fog Match) Ajax vs. Liverpool (5-1) on December 7th, 1966. This match is widely recognised as the start of the rise of Ajax to the top of Europe. (photo from The stadium was filled with around 56.000 spectators. Very few of them witnessed the goals with their own eyes. Years later, you could sell out both Wembley and Nou Camp with people who claimed to have visited this famous match...

Match D.W.S. vs. PSV (1-1), May 14th, 1972 (photo from Wikimedia Commons). Note the empty stands of the stadium. This was the last season of D.W.S. as an independent professional football club, because a few months later, at the start of the 1972/1973 season, F.C. Amsterdam would start its short existence in Dutch football.

Match Ajax-PSV, August 31th, 1986 (photo from

The stadium hosted four European finals: the 1962 European Champions Cup final between Benfica and Real Madrid (5-3), the 1977 Cup winner's Cup final between Hamburger SV and Anderlecht (2-0) and twice an UEFA Cup final. AZ'67 (now AZ Alkmaar) used the Olympic Stadium for its home leg of the 1981 UEFA Cup final against Ipswich Town and Ajax played its home leg of the 1992 final against Torino FC (beautiful panorama, too big for this forum! Note the temporary lampposts, which where built and used only for the three UEFA Cup matches in March, April and May 1992...) in the stadium.

The 1962 Benfica team just before the European Champions Cup final against Real Madrid.

Since the end of the seventies, the stadium dilapidated and deteriorated heavily. The Dutch Football association KNVB preferred "De Kuip" for all their matches. Only once, in the autumn of 1988, after the one-year-ban of the Rotterdam stadium, due to the infamous bomb-incident in a European Championship qualifyer against Cyprus in 1987, the Orange team returned (as the new 1988 European Champions) to the Olympic stadium, for a World Cup qualifyer against Wales (1-0). 58.000 spectators witnessed this match, a number of spectators which was never reached again in the Netherlands since then.

Interior view, January 12th, 1968 (photo from

Plans were made for a new stadium in Amsterdam (which resulted in the opening of the Amsterdam ArenA in 1996). The Amsterdam Olympic Stadium was likely to be the first olympic stadium ever to be demolished. The city of Amsterdam wanted to use the site for new appartment blocks. This was prevented after a long campaign. In 1991, the Dutch government awarded the stadium an official Monument status, despite heavy opposition from the City Council of Amsterdam. In 1997, it finally succeeded: the stadium was saved.

Demolition of the second tiers, 1998 (photo's from

The second tier, which was the biggest reason for its monumental status (considered as a symbiosis of the brick architecture of the twenties and the concrete architecture of the decades that followed) was removed though, and the stadium regained its original shape. The capacity decreased to 22.500 seats. As we can regard those tiers as "lost stands", I created this posting.

The Olympic Stadium regained its original (1928-1937) shape and facade during the 1998-2000 renovation works

(photo from

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam by alexknip, on Flickr

Museumnacht Olympisch Stadion, 2012 by Bastiaan Heus, on Flickr

(photo from Wikipedia/Arch)

Since 2000, the stadium is the location of the start and finish of the Amsterdam Marathon and home of Amsterdam Athletics club "Phanos". It was the location of the Dutch Championship Ice skating 2014 and it was considered as a possible venue for the Dutch/Belgian 2018 FIFA World Cup bid. For that bid, an expansion to around 44.000 seats with temporary stands was necessary. Some early designs were presented in 2005 and 2008, but the bid failed in favour of Russia and the plans were canceled.

Temporary expansion for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: 2005 proposal

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Temporary expansion for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: 2008 proposal

(images from

As far as I know, since 1996, the wonderful and famous Ajax-jersey returned only once to this historical ground: on July 3rd, 2013, "Mister Ajax" Sjaak Swart (596 matches for Ajax, of which 463 in the Dutch competition, a club record) celebrated his 75th birthday with a match between two teams of Ajax-icons from the past. The stadium was sold out.

(photo from

The Amsterdam Olympic Stadium will be the venue of the 2016 European Athletics Championships, between July 5th and 10th 2016.

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GEELONG - Corio Oval (26,025 | 1878-1940)


Corio Oval, located in the Victorian city of Geelong, was the home ground of the Geelong Cats in the Victorian Football Association between 1878 and 1896, and the Victorian Football League from 1897 to 1940.

The Oval was commandeered for military use during World War 2, and the Cats moved to Kardinia Park for the 1941 season. Geelong did not compete in the Victorian Football League in 1942 and 1943, and many people wanted to return to Corio Oval for the 1944 season. Geelong stayed at Kardinia Park, and continue to play there up to the present day.

The Oval remained unused until the mid 1950's, when greyhound racing and trotting took place for twenty years up to the mid 1970's, when both sports moved to the nearby Beckley Park.

The oval and grandstands were demolished in the early 1980's, with a conference centre opened on the site.

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If you can't post here about the former stadium of the biggest club in the Netherlands, then where can u ? I thought this was a fantastic post and exactly what i hope to see on this thread.

I understand the 30,000 limit for threads on new builds and renovations because smaller stadium's have other threads.. but lost stadiums? This is is it... Thanks again Mojito.

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That Final Day (NOS, 2003)

Although I am a fan of iconic state-of-the-art stadiums, masterpieces of architecture with a clear shape, I really love to see those old fashioned British stadiums. Four different stands with open corners. Different designs,different heights, different shapes, different materials, built in different periods around the field and adapted to the limitations of their surroundings. Grown like an organism instead of designed and built as one whole.

Anfield, Highbury, Ibrox, Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage, Villa Park, Roker Park, Molineux (which, before the expansion, looked like a bigger version of the former De Meer stadium of my favourite club AFC Ajax)... I could spend hours with surfing on the internet, looking at those stadiums.

Vetch Field was also one of my favourites. I remember a picture, somewhere on the internet, where a private backyard with fresh laundry could be seen just next to the corner flag, separated by a small wall.

The first time I heard about this stadium was in the Dutch documentary That Final Day, made in 2003 by Tom Egbers and Kees Jongkind from Dutch broadcasting company NOS. On the last round of the 2002/2003 Division Three, both Swansea City and Exeter City could relegate. Both clubs ended the season with a home match. The Dutch journalists followed the clubs and their supporters.

Three years later, many Dutch football fans and lovers asked the NOS to broadcast this beautiful documentary again. So they did, and Egbers returned to Swansea and Exeter to see what has become of them, after That Final Day.

The 2006 version is called That Final Day Revisited.

Both documentaries have an introduction and ending in Dutch, but I think the point and atmosphere of both documentaries are quite easy to understand.

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PLOIESTI - Ilie Oana Stadium (old) (18000, 1937-2010)

Built between 1934 and 1937, it was the home of FC Petrolul Ploiesti since 1952.
Being mostly a non-seater, at important games it could hold up to 25000 people. The oringinal main grandstand was closed due to the structural instability caused by decades without renovation. In 2000-2007 other parts of the stadium were closed.
In 2007 the main grandstand was demolished and a smaller one was built.
In 2009 the demolition of the stadium began with the purpose to build a new one incorporating the 2007 stand. This stand was eventually demolished to make way for a fully new 15000 all-seater stadium.

The new stadium:


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ARAD - Francisc Neumann Stadium (7,287 | 1946 - 2014)

Francisc von Neuman Stadium was a football stadium in Arad, Romania. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of FC UTA Arad.
The stadium holds 7,287 people (around 12,000 before installing the seats in 2006) and was built in 1945 as a reduced scale replica of Arsenal Stadium at that time.
The stadium was opened on 1 September 1946 when took place the match between UTA Arad - Ciocanul București 1-0. At that time, the stadium was considered the most modern in the country.

The stadium was demolished few days ago to be replaced by the New Francisc Neumann Stadium

UTA is a football club based in Arad, Romania, founded in 1945. During its history the club won the Romanian championship six times, only Steaua Bucharest, Dinamo Bucharest and Venus Bucharest winning more titles, and the Romanian Cup twice. They currently play in the 2014–15 season of Liga III.
During the period whn they played in the European Champion Clubs Cup (previous competion of UEFA Champions League), succeeding an outstanding performance in September 1970 when they eliminated the defending champions Feyenoord from the race.

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Plough Lane - 15,876 - 1912-1998

I wanted to make a thread about Plough Lane which was a ground in Wimbledon, where "The Crazy Gang" played up until 1991.
Reserve football was played until 1998 at the ground.

I dont unfortunately own the rights to any own work pictures or films of the ground.

I hope some of the older fans (I was born in 1991), would like to share some original work on here.
Or maybe just discuss the old days at the ground, so us young ones can get a feel how it was in the days at Plough Lane.

Furthermore I also make this thread because the New Plough Lane may be a reality in the comming years, at the expense of greyhound racing (and Stock cars?) a little further up the road at the current "Wimbledon Stadium".

Have a good discussion in here.

Kind Regards,

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Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium may have been a characterless, multipurpose, concrete bowl, but we must not forget the history that occurred in these types of places. Perhaps, most significant, is the introduction of the first real baseball uniform in 1970! The 1970 Pittsburgh Pirates were the first baseball team to wear real uniforms. Never forget. Doubleknit polyester free of archaic buttons and belts. Real athletic wear appeared on a baseball diamond for the first time at Three Rivers Stadium. Even the Tartan Turf nearly resembled grass from a distance.

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