Amsterdam Pride Home Stadium – Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium
Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium History
The Amsterdam Arena was built between 1993 and 1996. It replaced Ajax’s previous home De Meer, which, with a capacity of 19,000 seats, had become too small for the club.
The Amsterdam Arena officially opened on the 14th of August 1996 with a match between Ajax and AC Milan (0-3) – The first goal in the new arena was scored by Dejan Savicevic. Total construction costs had amounted to €96 million.
This could be a dream come true for any football hardcore fans and is a top one must visit tourist spot at Amsterdam! 😉
*The Amsterdam Arena is also the FIRST football stadium in Europe with a retractable roof which takes about 20 minutes to open or close the roof.
The Main Stadium Tour
Spectacular Amsterdam Arena Experience
The Johan Cruijff Arena has a total seated capacity of 53,490, and a maximum of 60,000 guests can be accommodated during the prime league seasons.
Whereas with another 2,229 business seats and a further 820 seats in skyboxes. The stands are among the steepest in Europe, with the second tier having an angle of 37 degrees.
We tried every seat and all agreed that the premier is much better with full leather feature and sporty feeling, the price is skyrocket (ten times than normal) as well of course!
*The stadium is also an important venue for concerts – Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters and Armin van Buuren have all performed there.
Exciting Football Match History
In 1998, the stadium hosted the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus (1-0), and in 2013 the Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica (2-1).
The Amsterdam Arena was one of the playing venues of the Euro 2000 championships, hosting three group match, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Holland and Italy (0-0).
*The stadium has been chosen to be one of the playing venues of the Euro 2020 tournament, which is played across different countries.
Ajax Function/ Official Players Room
Live Ajax Function Room
Next up, we are at the Ajax function room where the football manager will handle all the Q&A’s with sports news reporters, or when there’s an important announcement to be made.
We are allowed to sit at the VIP row and snap a few memorable pictures, that being said, is very well worth to show off among our friend while covering our entrance fees! 😉
Official Players Room
As you have already known, the Johan Cruijff Arena is the legendary home of the Ajax football team, thus, we are excited to visit their famous official player restroom.
Each seat is specially reserved for only one player that engraved with players jersey number and name on top, so be sure to check and make your way to your favourite player’s seat and get some good selfies! 😉
*Do also note that the Ajax dressing room cannot be visited during training or match days (home or away).
Ajax Hall oF Fame
The Hall of Fame
Our last tour destination is none other than the famous hall of fame – Ajax Football Team. As they are the legendary football myth among Dutch Football, surely there are tons of glory moment which is worth to mention.
Ajax is historically one of the most successful clubs in the world, where the club is one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge, since they won consecutively in 1971–1973.
*Ajax’s last international trophies were the 1995 Intercontinental Cup and the 1995 Champions League, where they defeated Milan in the final.
Legendary Golden Boots
The European Golden Shoe or Golden Boot (made from golden linen) is an award that is presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league – The trophy is a sculpture of a football boot.
From its inception in the 1967–68 season, the award, originally called Soulier d’Or, which translates from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, has been given to the top goalscorer in all European leagues that season, with a weighting in favour of the highest ranked leagues.
*The Golden Boot showcases in Johan Cruijff Arena hall of fame belongs to Netherland National Hero Marco Van Basten with 37 total goals, in between 1985-1986.
The admission fees for Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium:
- 15 € Each Person, 10 € Child 5–12 years, FREE Admission for Child 0-4 years.
- 9.50 € Each Person (min 20 pax)
*You get free entrance to ArenA Stadium Tour with the I Amsterdam City Card!
- Train station Bijlmer ArenA, 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station.
- Take metro 54/50 from Amsterdam Central Station to station Strandvliet/ArenA.
Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium Information
Address: ArenA Stadium Tour, Arena Boulevard 1, 1101 AX Amsterdam.
Contact: +31 (0)20 311 1333
Open Hour: 10.00 am – 04.30 pm (Mon-Sun), available every day except on and around game days of Ajax and Event-days.