Jan Breydel Stadium: Club Brugge KV

Koning Leopold III-laan 50, Brugge, 8200, Belgium
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Jan Breydel Stadium has been the home of Club Brugge since it opened in 1975. It was originally known as Olympiastadion but was named after Jan Breydel in 1998. Breydel was a butcher who is credited as leading the uprising against Philip the Fair in the 13th Century. The stadium is shared between Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge.

Club Brugge is one of the most successful football clubs in all of Belgium. They have won the Belgian top-flight on fourteen occasions and have also competed in Europe numerous times. They are perhaps best known in England as the team that Liverpool defeated to win the European Cup in 1978. Cercle Brugge, meanwhile, play in the second division of Belgian football.

Stats

Jan Breydel Stadium Stats
Year Opened1975
Capacity29,062
Average Attendance26,129
Record Attendance28,728 ()
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameOlympiastadion
OwnerCity of Bruges
Clubs HostedClub Brugge, Cercle Brugge
Club Brugge KV Stats
Year Founded1895
NicknameBlauw-Zwart, Club, FCB
Club MascotBelle, Bene, Bibi
RivalsAnderlecht, Gent
Previous StadiumsDe Klokke
KitBlue & Black (Home) / Red (Away) / White (Third)
Training GroundClub Brugge Training Ground
Shirt SponsorDaikin
Team OwnerBart Verhaeghe

Jan Breydel Stadium Photos

Jan Breydel Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The most vocal Club Brugge fans sit in The North Stand, behind the goal. The East Stand runs along the side of the pitch, as does The West Stand, with the latter considered to be the main stand in the ground as it contains the dugouts, the players’ tunnel and the changing rooms. The South Stand contains the section where the away fans sit.

Club Brugge KV Ticket Prices

Club Brugge operate a reasonably simple to understand ticketing procedure. There are two categories of matches: Regular and Higher. The Higher matches are against the club’s chief rivals, Anderlecht, Racing Genk, AA Gent, Standard and Cercle Brugge. The Regular matches are against everyone else.

There are two tiers to the stadium that they refer to as ‘rings’, with the Upper Ring being more expensive to sit in than the Lower Ring’. The highest priced ticket is €60 and the lowest is €15. The club also offers youth tickets for €10 for all Regular games as long as they are not sold out.

How To Get Club Brugge KV Tickets

You can get tickets online, over the phone or from the ticket office in person.

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Getting To Jan Breydel Stadium

Brugge is one of Belgium’s most popular cities, so there are loads of good transport options to help you get there. Here are some of the most popular:

Train - Getting to Brugge from London on train is reasonably easy. You get the Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi and then change for Brugge itself. It should take just under four hours. Once there you’ll be about 3 kilometres from the ground.

Bus - Buses 5 and 15 will both take you close to the stadium.

Car - Driving to the stadium shouldn’t be too difficult, but your best bet is to get a sat-nav with European maps on it and use that.

By Air - Brussels International Airport serves pretty much the whole of Belgium, so that’s where you’ll want to fly in to. It’s about an hour or so from Bruges by train.

Taxi - A taxi from the train station to the ground will cost you about €15 and take around ten minutes.

Parking Near Jan Breydel Stadium

There is limited parking at the stadium itself, so you might want to look for a public car park nearby or investigate on-street parking.

Useful Resources

Jan Breydel Stadium Hotels

As one of Belgium’s most popular cities for a visit, Bruges has a number of excellent hotel options you might want to consider:

Leonardo Hotel Brugge - £40+

Chartreuseweg 20, Bruges, 8200
Around 25 minutes walk from the stadium is this 3-star hotel that has plenty to recommend it. There’s a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor pool, a conference space, free parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Hotel Bla Bla - £65+

Dweersstraat 24, Bruges, 8000
This small hotel has just twelve rooms and is about a half an hour walk from the ground. There’s a terrace, a garden and free Wi-Fi available. More details.

Vakantie Logies Hollywood - £85+

't Zand 24, Bruges, 8000
Another small hotel, the Pension Vakantie is just shy of thirty minutes away from Jan Breydel Stadium. There are only four rooms in this city centre location that offers a restaurant, a terrace, a free breakfast and Wi-Fi. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Jan Breydel Stadium

Belgian lager is one of the best and most respected in the world, so it’s only right that there are a few decent places that serve it in Bruges. Here are some good ones in the city centre:

't Brugs Beertje

Kemelstraat 5, 8000 Brugge (+32 50 33 96 16)
This cosy and pleasant pub in the middle of the city is a great place for lager enthusiasts. They have loads of different beers for your delectation and a number of good bar snacks, too.

Delaney's Irish Pub

Burg 8, 8000 Brugge (+32 50 34 91 45)
Irish pubs are always a fun place to go, but that’s especially true if you like watching live sport and having a laugh. Delaney’s offers both as well as a great menu and loads of top drinks. If you like live sport on TV and a good craic then this is the place to head.

Herberg Vlissinghe

Blekersstraat 2, 8000 Brugge (+32 50 34 37 37)
This quaint little cafe in the heart of Bruges is a lovely place to go for a quiet drink and a bite to eat. It’s not really one for the big sports crowd, but if you’re looking to get a slice of Belgian life then this will do the trick.

Facilities

Though Jan Breydel Stadium was built in 1975 it was expanded and updated in 1998, so there are plenty of excellent facilities available.

Hospitality

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There are two main hospitality options at Jan Breydel Stadium, Outdoor VIP and Indoor VIP. Both include match tickets, with the Outdoor VIP option having seats in the stand and the Indoor VIP has, unsurprisingly indoor seats on offer. Both choices promise decent catering on two levels, in either a buffet or a sit-down style.

Private Hire

With a number of hospitality lounges it’s fair to say that there will be private hire options available at Jan Breydel Stadium, so your best bet if you want to hire them is to contact the club directly.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing there are no tours of the ground available, nor is there a museum. Club Brugge have a reasonably good part of their website that tells you about their history, though.

About Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge Squad in 1920 - See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging was formed in 1890 as Brugsche Football Club then re-formed in 1891. In 1894 Football Club Brugeois was formed by former members of Brugsche, then in 1895 Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges was also formed in the city. In 1897 FC Brugeois and Brugsche FC unite under the former’s name, then in 1902 Vlaamsche FC join the project. It wasn’t until 1972 that the name change to FC Brugge KV took place.

Despite that chequered history FC Brugge have enjoyed huge success over the years. As well as winning the Belgian First Division fourteen times they have also finished as runners-up on a further twenty-one occasions. They’ve won the Belgian Cup eleven times and the Belgian Supercup thirteen times. They’ve been unfortunate in Europe, losing to Liverpool in the final of the UEFA Cup in 1976 and then losing in the European Cup final at Wembley to the same team two years later.

Jan Breydel Stadium History

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Brugge played in a stadium named De Klokke from 1913 until the Jan Breydel Stadium opened in 1975. When it opened it was called Olympiastadion - Olympic Stadium in Dutch - and, because it is the home of both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge, it is owned by the city of Bruges rather than any one club. In 2015 the grass in the stadium was changed to a mix of real and artificial grass.

When UEFA confirmed that the European Championships of 2000 would be the first to be co-hosted by two different nations and that those nations would be Belgium and the Netherlands, it was clear that Jan Breydel Stadium would play a big part. It was used for two Group D matches, one Group C match and the quarter final game between Spain and France. More importantly, though, it underwent significant improvements ahead of the Championships in order to get it up to the right standard.

Future Developments

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Having updated the pitch in December of 2015 there are no plans to make major changes to the stadium at the time of writing.

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