De Kuip: Feyenoord

Van Zandvlietplein 1, Ijsselmonde, Rotterdam, 3077 AA, Netherlands
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Feyenoord Rotterdam, better known simply as Feyenoord, is a Dutch football team that is one of the most successful clubs in the Netherlands. Founded in 1908 under the name Wilhelmina, they became SC Feijenoord in 1912, SC Feyenoord in 1974 and finally Feyenoord Rotterdam four years after that. They’ve been playing their games in Stadion Feijenoord since 1937, though the stadium is better known by the name De Kuip. This means 'The Tub' in Dutch and was so named because of the shape and general look of the venue.

Despite having been renovated numerous times over the years the one that hasn’t changed is the external structure, hence the reason it’s maintained its nickname to the point that most people wouldn’t know what Stadion Feijenoord was. Despite their most successful period coming back in the 1960s and 1970s, Feyenoord are still considered to be the 'people’s club', given their large national support. That’s not to suggest that they haven’t won anything since the turn of the millennium, however, with a KNVB Cup win in 2016 being followed by an Eredivisie title in 2017.

Stats

De Kuip Stats
Year Opened1937
Capacity51,177
Average Attendance47,500
Record Attendance65,427 (Feyenoord v Twente (1968))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameDe Kuip
OwnerStadion Feijenoord N.V.
Clubs HostedFeyenoord, Netherlands national football team
First FixtureFeyenoord v Beerschot (27/03/1937)
Feyenoord Stats
Year Founded1908
NicknameDe club aan de Maas (The Club on the Meuse), De Stadionclub (The Stadium Club), De Trots van Zuid (The Pride of the South), De club van het volk (The Club of the People)
Club MascotCoentje
RivalsAjax, Sparta Rotterdam, Tottenham Hotspur
Previous StadiumsKromme Zandweg
KitRed, White & Black (Home) / Green & Black (Away)
Training GroundSportcomplex Varkenoord
Shirt SponsorQurrent
Team OwnerFeyenoord Rotterdam N.V.
Record GoalscorerJaap Barendregt (196)
Record AppearancesCoen Moulijn (487)

De Kuip Photos

De Kuip Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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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.

Feyenoord Ticket Prices

Where you want to sit and how old you are will dictate how much you have to pay for your tickets at De Kuip. If you’re an adult, for example, then you’re likely to pay between €23.50 and €63.50, whilst anyone over 65 will pay €23. Younger people will pay around €21.

How To Get Feyenoord Tickets

Feyenoord’s official website is the best place to go if you want to book tickets to see them play. That said, plenty of Dutch people are fluent in English so you can try to call the ticket office directly if you’d prefer.

Getting To De Kuip

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Train - It takes just under four hours to get from London to Rotterdam by train, heading via Brussels, Antwerp or Thalys. You’ll arrive at Rotterdam Centraal from where you can get a train to Rotterdam Stadion, which is right next the stadium.

Bus - If you’d rather get their via bus then the B16 is the main one that stops outside the ground. Alternatively you can get a tram and numbers 12 and 23 both stop with walking distance.

Car - The A16 is the main road that runs close to the stadium, with the S106 and S125 the smaller roads that run directly past it.

By Air - Rotterdam The Hague Airport is less then ten miles from the ground, though Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is an alternative but it’s further afield at closer to fifty miles.

Taxi - Getting a taxi from Rotterdam Centraal out to the stadium will cost you about €15 and take around twenty minutes.

Parking Near De Kuip

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.

Useful Resources

De Kuip Hotels

Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark - £60+

K.P. Van Der Mandelelaan 150, Rotterdam, 3062 MB
Novotel is a well-known chain, so you shouldn’t be overly surprised by the facilities you find there. There’s a restaurant and bar, a fitness suite and a business centre. There’s also an arcade and games room that’s ideal if you’ve got kids, plus a terraced area that’s idea if the weather’s good. There is both free Wi-Fi and free parking, too, so if you’re driving or hoping to do some work there then you’re in luck. More details.

Art Hotel Rotterdam - £80+

Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam, 3081 GA
The Art Hotel is located about a mile from the stadium and has over two hundred rooms. Despite its size, it feels more boutique and interesting than the Novotel. You’ll still get the sort of facilities you’d expect, though, with a restaurant, bar and conference space. There’s self-parking available as well as free Wi-Fi and newspapers in the reception area. More details.

nhow Rotterdam Hotel - £100+

Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam, 3072
The nhow is one of the nicest hotels in Rotterdam, so you’ll get plenty of pleasantries here. It’s about a mile and a half from De Kuip, which is a pleasant walk for those of you that would like to do just that. There are just under three-hundred guest bedrooms, a restaurant, a bar and a rooftop terrace for when the weather’s nice. There’s self-parking if you’re driving and free Wi-Fi as well as a conference space for anyone there on business. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near De Kuip

De Witte Aap

Witte de Withstraat 78, 3012 BS, Rotterdam (+31 10 414 9565)
De Witte Aap was once voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet, so it’s fair to say that this is one of the places you should definitely try to get to whilst you’re in Rotterdam. It’s a lively place but it’s small, so it tends to get busy really quickly. There’s no food on offer nor is there sport to watch, but there is often live music and a decent selections of beers and ales that you’ll want to sample.

Bar Restaurant Level

Pannekoekstraat 76, 3011 LK, Rotterdam (+31 10 280 0788)
Predominantly a cocktail bar before anything else, Level is somewhere to go to if you want something other than just lager or beer to drink. You can get a bite to eat as the evening draws in and the likes of chicken kebab and pork ribs are high on the menu. Again, you’re not going to be able to watch any sport here but there’s often live music and DJ sets well into the early hours of the morning.

Panenka

Eendrachtsweg 25, 3012 LB, Rotterdam (+31 10 845 9899)
The other two places on our list might not show any sport but Panenka definitely does. Obviously Feyenoord matches are high on the agenda here, but the likes of Champions League, World Cup and big Premier League games will likely be shown. Delicious food can be purchased throughout the day and you’ll also be able to to get all of the usual drinks that you’d expect to find in a sports bar or pub.

Hospitality

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As mentioned before, there are large corporate areas of De Kuip in the Maastribune. The Director Seats are the most sought after in the ground, including decent catering and excellent views. There are also business units, business seats and comfortable seats available, so you’ll definitely find somewhere to stay depending on your budget.

Private Hire

Whether you’re looking to host business events, parties or meetings, De Kuip has the facilities to help you do just that. The club are willing to accommodate pretty much anything if possible, so if you’re looking for a venue in Rotterdam then it’s worth contacting them to see what they can do.

Stadium Tours & Museum

De Kuip has hosted numerous European Cup finals and other major matches, so it’s a place well worth visiting if you’ve got the time. Tours will take you into the dressing rooms, down the tunnel and to the side of the pitch. It lasts for about ninety minutes and costs €13.50 for adults and €9.50 for children.

About Feyenoord

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As mentioned at the start, Feyenoord are one of the most successful teams in all of Dutch football. To date they have picked up fifteen Eredivisie titles and twelve KNVB Cups on the domestic stage as well as two UEFA Cups and one European Cup. There’s little question that the club’s most successful period came in the 1960s and 1970s when two of those European trophies and six league titles were picked up. They have also played continuously in the top-flight since they reached it in 1921, back when it was known as Eerste Klasse rather than the Eredivisie. That’s a better record than both Ajax and PSV.

Founded as Wilhelmina in 1908, the club was unsettled to start with and changed its name numerous times. It became SC Feijenoord in 1912 and remained under that title until 1974 when the Feijenoord became Feyenoord. In 1978 the club settled on its current name of Feyenoord Rotterdam because SC Feyenoord separated into its own amateur team. Their biggest rival is Ajax and when the two teams go head-to-head the derby is referred to as De Klassieker. One of the biggest changes will come to the club in 2019 when HC Feijenoord, an amateur football team called Sportclub Feyenoord, and Rotterdam Basketball all get brought into the frame as it becomes a multi-sports club.

De Kuip History

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Though it’s official name is Stadion Feijenoord, the vast majority of football fans know the ground as De Kuip. A decision to build a new stadium was reached by Leen van Zandvliet, the then President of the club in the 1930s. He wanted it to be unique for a football ground on the continent, having two free-hanging stands and nothing obstructing views of supporters anywhere in the stadium. Such was the success of the new ground that many stadiums throughout Europe took it as their blueprint, including the likes of Barcelona’s Nou Camp. It could have been so different, with German occupiers in Rotterdam coming close to tearing it down for scrap usage during the Second World War.

The ground hasn't just been used for Feyenoord matches. As well as hosting several games for the Dutch national side and numerous cup finals. One such final was the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1963 when Tottenham Hotspur became the first English club to be victorious in a European final. The most recent European final held there was the 2002 UEFA Cup Final. The likes of Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan have all played concerts there over the years, though such big music events have happened less and less frequently since the Amsterdam Arena opened its doors in 1996.

Future Developments

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There has been talk of Feyenoord opening a new stadium since 2006, though the plans have been changed on a regular basis. It wasn’t until May 2017 that the city of Rotterdam agreed to the building of a new stadium, which has the working title of Feyenoord City. It is hoped that it will have 63,000 seats and should open ahead of the 2022-2023 season.

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