Ajax, or Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax which is the complete name, is one of three really big clubs in Dutch football. The other two are PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord. During periods in the past, Ajax has dominated both the domestic and European football.
The home stadium of Ajax is spacious to say the least, but nonetheless fills up quickly. This is especially true when a significant game is coming up. Another problem is that only Dutch citizens are allowed to purchase tickets online or in person at the stadium. When making football trips with Ajax, your best bet is to book a package trip that includes game ticket, hotel and flights, or just ticket and hotel.
Ajax was formed in a coffee shop in Amsterdam by a few high school students. The year was 1883, and since then Ajax has been number one in Holland. The name of the club comes from the Greek hero with the same name. A plethora of famous players have played in Ajax through the years. Johann Cruyff was the great leader during the successful 70’s, and in recent years Dennis Bergkamp, Marco van Basten, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovich have been leading the way. Since the beginning Ajax has won 30 League titles and 18 Cup titles. It has also emerged victorious once in the UEFA Cup/Europa League and four times in the European Cup/Champions League (the latest in 1995).
When visiting Amsterdam you shouldn’t miss taking a boat ride on its canals. The canals are actually a world heritage. Amsterdam is a city with a big focus on culture, and you will find many museums here, some of which are dedicated to the painters Rembrandt and van Gogh. You can also visit Anne Frank’s house.
The Dutch team Ajax has played their home games at Amsterdam ArenA since 1996. The stadium is the largest in Holland and is often used for the Dutch national team’s games. Amsterdam ArenA was the first stadium in Europe with a retractable roof that covers the spectators as well as the field.
Amsterdam ArenA can take 52,960 spectators, and all under the roof. The second largest stadium for a football club in Holland is De Kuip in Rotterdam, which can hold a bit more than 51,000 spectators. Amsterdam ArenA is extremely high – a staggering 78 meters – which makes the stands very steep. Only the stands at Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid and at San Siro in Milan are steeper.
For over 30 years, since the mid 1930’s to the mid 1960’s, Ajax played their home games on the small De Meer stadium. During periods the stadium could handle up towards 30,000 spectators, but during the 1990’s, after the stadium was reconstructed to reach new safety and comfortability standards, the capacity was a measly 19,000. This made Ajax start to contemplate building a new stadium. The construction of the new stadium started in 1993 and was finished in the summer of 1996. In August of 1996 the stadium was inaugurated with an exhibition game between Ajax and Italian AC Milan.
Amsterdam ArenA hosted the Champions League final of 1998. During the finals of the 2000 European Championship, several games were played at the stadium. The 2012/13 Europa League final was also played at Amsterdam ArenA.
Amsterdam ArenA is part of a new, fashionable neighborhood in the southeastern parts of Amsterdam. There’s barely 10 kilometers between the stadium and the city center. You can easily take the train or the subway to the stadium. There is a combined train and subway station, Bijlmer ArenA, close to the stadium. The trip there takes around 15 minutes.