Ghelamco Arena

Key Facts

Address close to the interchange E40-E17 and UZ Gent, Ghent
Capacity 20,000 seats
Build Date 2013

KAA Gent 021

Description

The Ghelamco Arena (also referred to as Arteveldestadion) is a stadium located in Ghent, Belgium. It is the permanent home ground of football club K.A.A. Gent. The stadium was opened in the summer of 2013, which made it the first new Belgian football stadium constructed since 1974. The total capacity of this all-seater and multi-purpose stadium is 20,000 people. The Ghelamco Arena replaced the former Gent’s home the Jules Ottenstadion, which became the permanent home ground of the team in 1920. In 2013, the first game played in the ground was between Gent and KV Mechelen, which ended with a score of 2-1.

In 2003, it was announced that a new stadium would be built for 2006-2007 seasons, but due to a range of problems and difficulties, the foundation stone could be laid only in 2008. It soon became known that there was a range of other problems related to financing project, but all of them were sorted out, and construction works were renewed in 2010. It was planned to be opened for the 2012–2013 Belgian Pro League, but the works were delayed for another year. Several months before the opening, it was announced that the stadium would be named after the constructor Ghelamco Arena.

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