Stadion Feijenoord, more commonly known by its nickname De Kuip the Tub, is a stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, that was completed in 1937. The name is derived from the Feijenoord district in Rotterdam, and from the club with the same name (although the club's name was internationalised to Feyenoord in 1973).
The stadium's original capacity was 64,000. In 1949, it was expanded to 69,000, and in 1994 it was converted to a 51,117-seat all-seater. In 1999, a significant amount of restoration and interior work took place at the stadium prior to its use as a venue in the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, although capacity was largely unaffected.
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De Kuip, officially called Stadion Feijenoord, was built in the 1930s to provide Feyenoord with a new world-class stadium. Inspiration for the new stadium came from then club-president Van Zandvliet, whose ambitions for the club involved a new 65,000-stadium. De Kuip turned into one of the prime venues of Europe and hosted various European cup finals.
Feyenoord have long been contemplating either renovating De Kuip or building a completely new stadium. The decision finally fell in favour of building a new 63,000-seater stadium next to De Kuip, though the club still needs to obtain planning permission and arrange funding, and realisation is therefore far from guaranteed.
De Kuip is designed in a bowl style, similar to other big European grounds. There are essentially three tiers that run around the structure, with Maastribune the stand where the executive lodges and VIP seating are located. De Kuip Stadium is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West. Away fans are usually housed centrally within the south stand’s highest tier with section GG right at the top the most common place for visitors to sit and watch the match.
There are a number of car parks located around the ground, though priority for parking at these is given over to season ticket holders and VIP guests. Still, you’ll likely be able to nab a space if you’re getting there early enough.
De Kuip sits 5 or so kilometres away from Rotterdam city centre within the Feijenoord district towards the south of the city. With walking impractical for most Football Trippers, fans instead choose to take advantage of the city’s array of excellent public transport options.
The area on the banks of the river Meuse has recently been redeveloped though, and boast a cinema, some eating options, and the odd bar. Still, eating and drinking can best be done in Rotterdam’s city centre, from where it is a short public transport ride to the stadium. The area around Stadhuisplein is a good start for drinking, though Rotterdam nightlife is rather dispersed over the central areas.
I have been to Stadion Feijenoord once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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