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The Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam is one of the stadiums that will host matches for Euro 2020–2021. The newly modernized stadium will host four of the competition’s matches.
🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA: the Birthplace of Total Football
A game genius in the spotlight
The Amsterdam stadium is named after Johan Cruijff, the legendary former Dutch player and coach who died in 2016. The former number 14 will therefore be keeping an eye on the four games that will be held in his den.
- Euro 2020: Three group matches + one round of 16
History of the Amsterdam Stadium
- It was the first European stadium to be equipped with an opening roof
- Scene of the 1998 Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid (0–1)
About the Stadium
The Dutch capital’s current stadium was built in 1996 to replace the De Meer, Ajax’s old stadium, which had become too small. After 62 years in residence there, the Amsterdam club has taken up residence in the stadium that was known as the Amsterdam ArenA before Johan Cruyff’s death in 2016.
The ultra-modern stadium was opened on 14 August 1996 by a friendly match between Ajax and AC Milan (1–4). Its special feature is undoubtedly its retractable roof which can be deployed in half an hour. The first few years revealed a major problem with the stadium: its pitch. Indeed, the organization of many non-sporting events as well as the weak luminosity and the lack of ventilation offered a bad quality of the pitch. However, the situation has improved significantly since then due to artificial lighting.
When it opened, the stadium could accommodate up to 51,000 people. However, the fans had trouble feeling at home, so improvements had to be made (secure standing room for ultras, seats in the club’s colours, filling in the ditches, etc.) so that today the stadium has a capacity of 54,033 seats.
Johan Cruijff ArenA in Figures:
- Capacity: 54,033 seats
- Inauguration: 14 August 1996
- Owner: Municipality of Amsterdam
- Residents: Ajax Amsterdam and the Dutch national team
- Architect: Rob Schuurman
- Dimensions: 235m x 165m
- Surface: Lawn
- Roof: Yes and retractable
Het dak is open, de lampen staan aan. 🏟
🔜 Ajax – ADO Den Haag#ajaado pic.twitter.com/3UWCHzbsy1
— Johan Cruijff ArenA (@cruijffarena) March 21, 2021
📆 Euro 2020–2021 Match Schedule at the Johan Cruijff ArenA
The newly renovated stadium will indeed host matches at Euro 2020 in June-July 2021. There will be four of them: three Group Stage matches and one for the Round of 16.
The Netherlands will have the advantage of playing at home. The Oranje will play their three group stage games at the Arena. In front of their home crowd, they will face Ukraine, Austria and Northern Macedonia.
|Group Stage Matches at the Johan Cruijff ArenA||Date|
|Netherlands 🇳🇱 – 🇺🇦 Ukraine (Group C)||Sunday 13th June at 9 pm|
|Netherlands 🇳🇱 – 🇦🇹 Austria (Group C)||Thursday 17th June at 9 pm|
|Northern Macedonia 🇲🇰 – 🇳🇱 Netherlands (Group C)||Monday 21st June at 6 pm|
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Only one round of 16 will be played at the Johan Cruyff ArenA as part of the knockout phase.
|Round of 16 Match at the Johan Cruijff ArenA||Date|
|Round of 16: 2nd Group A – 2nd Group B||Saturday, June 26th at 6 pm|
The Dutch government will be in charge of the number of people allowed to attend the various matches in the Amsterdam stadium. However, there is hope that a few thousand fans will be there. Indeed, during the international break in March, 5,000 people were able to come to the stadium to support their team.