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Stadion Galgenwaard: Today. Directions, Tickets, Address, Map, Pitch (2022)

The stadium underwent a major renovation in 2001, which was funded by the Dutch government and the Utrecht municipality. The stadium has a capacity of 24,000 and is used primarily for football matches. The stadium, known as Galgenwaard Stadium prior to 2001, was built in the mid 1930s and originally served as home to DOS and Hercules soccer clubs. As part of a major renovation completed in 2001, the Dutch government and Utrecht municipality funded the project. The stadium has a capacity of 24,000 people and is primarily used for football matches.

Galgenwaard

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 06.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The stadium is currently home to professional football team Feyenoord. The Stadion Galgenwaard was built in the mid 1930s to serve as the home for Utrecht clubs DOS and Hercules. It is currently home to Feyenoord, a professional football team. The Ministry of War objected to the plans for a stadium that was planned at a site surrounded by fortresses.

However, the Ministry dropped their protest and Stadion Galgenwaard opened on 21 May 1936. At that time, the stadium was bowl-shaped and included a cycling track around the pitch.

In the 1970s, after three Utrecht clubs had merged to form FC Utrecht, the stadium's capacity had become severely inadequate with few seats and cover, and was no longer able to cope with the increasing hooliganism of the times.

On April 21, 1981, the last match at the old Galgenwaard was played. After the match, the Utrecht fans destroyed the stadium. This event is considered one of the lows of hooliganism in the Netherlands.

The Stadium was substantially redeveloped into a rectangular shape with four separate stands at each end in just a few months.

The Galgenwaard Stadium was seen as one of the earliest modern stadiums in Europe, with no perimeter fencing, a moat separating the fans from the pitch, and office buildings housed inside the stadium. It served as an example for future UEFA and FIFA regulations, and was mentioned in the Taylor Report as an example for future stadium design.

However, after only 20 years, the stadium's design standards had progressed to the point that reconstruction was again necessary in 2001. A new redevelopment program began in the summer of 2004 and the completely renovated stadium was finished in the summer of 2004.

(photos of the present Stadion Galgenwaard below)

How to get to Stadion Galgenwaard

The Stadion Galgenwaard is located in the east of Utrecht and is about 2.5 kilometers from the city center and 3 kilometers from the central railway station.  

Various bus lines connect the stadium with the central train station and city centre, though service on the weekends is less frequent.

The weekends, take bus 41 from the central train station (Jaarbeurszijde) towards Wijk bij Duurstede. Get off at stop Stadion Galgenwaard, the journey takes 10 minutes.

On weekdays, line 12 in the direction of De Uithof WKZ is an alternative. Get off at stop Stadion Galgenwaard. The ride takes 8 minutes and buses leave many times per hour.

Address: Herculesplein 241, 3584 AA Utrecht

Eat, drink, and sleep near Stadion Galgenwaard

The Stadion Galgenwaard is located in a mix of residential houses, office buildings, other sports facilities, and a hospital. There are few local places to eat and drink though, which is better done in Utrecht's charming city centre. There are no hotels near Stadion Galgenwaard, however there are many options to choose from in Utrecht. For an overview, please click here.

FC Utrecht Tickets

Tickets for FC Utrecht matches can be bought online, from the stadium's Fanshop, or at the shopping centre Hoog Catharijne (adjacent to the central rail station). The FC Utrecht may at times require possession of a Utrecht Club Card in order to be allowed to buy tickets for a match which is considered high-risk for fan violence.

If tickets remain available, Utrecht Football Club will also sell them at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match. The same club card requirements apply. FC Utrecht tends to only sell out occasional high-profile matches.

Tickets for the matches vary in price between 15 and 25 dollars. Prices go up for three high-profile games to between 22.50 and 35 dollars.

You can find a seating map here. For more information, email [email protected] or call +31 (0)30 8885555.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of FC Utrecht, Visit-Utrecht.com, provides detailed information about the city and its tourist attractions. The Utrecht tourist office's website, GVU.nl, provides information about public transport in the city and a journey planner.

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