Luminus Arena: K.R.C. Genk

Stadionplein, 3600 Genk, Belgium
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Have you ever wondered what the ‘KRC’ stands for in KRC Genk? Well wonder no more; it stands for Koninklijke Racing Club, with Koninklijke translating roughly to ‘Royal’. The club plays its games at Luminus Arena, a multipurpose venue located in the Belgian city that the club is named after. With a capacity of just under 25,000, the stadium rarely sells out but still welcomes over 20,000 people every time Genk have a home game.

Officially the stadium in its current form opened in 1999, though it stands in the same spot as a ground known as the André Dumont Stadium. It was used for the first time the year before Belgium and the Netherlands co-hosted the 2000 UEFA European Championships, although it was never intended to be used as a host venue. It’s been used twice by the Belgian National Team, once in a friendly match against Slovenia and also in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, both in 2009.

Stats

Luminus Arena Stats
Year Opened1999
Capacity24,604
Average Attendance20,000
Record Attendance24,956 ()
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameFenixstadion
Former NameThyl Gheyselinckstadion, het Fenixstadion, Cristal Arena
SponsorLuminus
Clubs HostedKRC Genk, Heusden-Zolder
First FixtureKRC Genk v Standard Liège (28/08/1999)
KRC Genk Stats
Year Founded1988
NicknameBlauw-Wit (Blue-White), Racing, KRC, De Smurfen (The Smurfs)
RivalsStandard de Liège
Previous StadiumsNoordlaan Stadium, André Dumont Stadium
KitBlue & White (Home) / White & Blue (Away) / Pink & Black (Third)
Shirt SponsorBeobank
Team OwnerHerbert Houben
Record GoalscorerBranko Strupar (131)
Record AppearancesThomas Buffel (300)

Luminus Arena Photos

Luminus Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The Luminus Arena is made up of a bowl of continuous seating, as is common in most European venues. It has two tiers and about one-third of the second tier is given over to hospitality areas. Behind the Southern goal is a terraced area, whilst in the Northern corner there are actually four small tiers.

KRC Genk Ticket Prices

The cost of tickets depends on how old you are, which game you want to see and where in the ground you’d like to sit. Matches are categorised, with games against the likes of Standard de Liège costing a little more than ones versus non-rivals. You’ll pay between €15 and €30 depending on your answers to the above criteria.

How To Get KRC Genk Tickets

You can get tickets from the Ticketshop KRC Genk, online and at the Arena itself. The ticket counter is open from two hours before kick-off until the start of the match.

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Getting To Luminus Arena

Train - A train journey from London to Genk takes just under six hours. You’ll head firstly to Brussels and then on to Genk itself. Genk Train Station is the closest to the ground, but it’s still about four miles away.

Bus - Bus number G1 is the one that calls closest to the stadium.

Car - The Luminus Arena sits almost smack bang in the middle of the N76 and the N75 and not far from the A2. They’re the main roads you’ll be looking for if you’re driving to the ground, with plenty of signs visible as you get closer.

By Air - Maastricht Aachen Airport is about 25 miles from the centre go Genk and is the major airport you’ll be heading to if you’re flying.

Taxi - A cab from Genk Train Station to the arena will set you back about €20 and should take around ten minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Luminus Arena

There is a large parking area near to the stadium.

Useful Resources

Luminus Arena Hotels

Green Hotel - £50+

Europalaan 68, Genk, 3600
This two-star hotel is located in the heart of Genk, about three miles from the stadium. There are just over twenty rooms, so you’ll be able to enjoy a reasonably personalised experience. If you’re the sort of person that likes to be able to work on a computer regularly then you’ll be pleased to know there’s free Wi-Fi.
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Hotel-Brasserie De Klok - £60+

Daalstraat 9, Zutendaal, 3690
A little further afield at ten miles away from the ground is this slightly smaller hotel with just ten guest rooms. There’s a garden and a terrace area as well as free parking if you happen to be in a car. There’s also a restaurant and bar area where you can get breakfast in the morning.
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Hotel Stiemerheide - £80+

Wiemesmeerstraat 105, Genk, B3600
Two and a half miles from the Luminus Arena is this four-star hotel that boasts two restaurants, a sauna and an indoor pool. There’s also a terraced area, a garden, some meeting rooms and a business centre. If you’re driving there’s free parking and if you want to do some work then there’s free Wi-Fi.
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Pubs & Bars Near Luminus Arena

Olympia

Hoevenzavellaan 87, Genk, 3600 (+32 89 38 39 57)
The Olympia isn’t the sort of place you’ll want to head to if you’re desperate to watch live sport, but if you fancy a bite to eat and a drink in a Greek restaurant that is well-known throughout the city then this is the place for you. The menu is full of delicious treats and the drinks options are top-notch too.

The Three Wise Men

Sledderloweg 100/2, Genk, 3600 (+32 89 21 31 56)
The Three Wise Men is actually located inside AA Drink Soccer Arena, a five-a-side style football arena on the fringes of the city. As well as being able to watch some live sport here you’ll also be able to play it! You can eat and drink here until you’re merry, but maybe do that after you’ve played football if that’s what you’re planning on doing.

't Stadscafé

Marktstraat 28, Genk, 3600 (+32 89 85 23 35)
Much like with Olympia, this isn’t really the place to go to watch live sport. It’s a nice restaurant, though, with a wide selection of food and plenty of things to drink. If you’re the sort of person who likes a decent bite to eat then you might want to head here for dinner before going to a pub to watch football, if that’s your plan.

Hospitality

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As mentioned, the upper section of the Western Tribune is dedicated to business seating. Much like with the regular seating, Genk’s hospitality options are broken up into categories. Do you want just a posh seat? Would you prefer dinner in a smart environment as well as a match ticket? Or how about the less formal setting of the Cristal Bizz Café? The choice, as Our Graham used to say, is yours.

Private Hire

Luminus Arena is pretty much the perfect venue for whatever kind of corporate event you might be looking to host. There are two large spaces that can accommodate up around 850 guests as well as a number of smaller rooms for those of you looking to host a more intimate meeting. Whatever sort of do you’re looking to hold there can be taken of, basically.

Stadium Tours & Museum

You can do a tour of Genk’s home stadium once a month. It takes around three hours and costs €11 for adults and €9.50 for concessions and young children. It’s two Euros cheaper if you’re a Genk season ticket holder. The tour takes in all of the spaces you’d expect as well as a few that aren’t - if there’s a training session on, for example, then you might get to watch some of it!

About KRC Genk

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Koninklijke Racing Club Genk was established in 1988 when two different Genk-based clubs merged together. Waterschei's Sport Vereeniging Thor and the amusingly named KFC Winterslag became one under the new name of KRC Genk, keeping Winterslag’s ranking. The club won its first Belgian championship ten years after it was formed and has won three in total. Interestingly the wins have come roughly a decade apart, in 1999, 2002 and 2011.

Genk is one of Belgium’s most successful clubs when it comes to youth development. Over the years they have seen players such as Yannick Carrasco, Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne go through their ranks before going on to make their name at some of the biggest sides in the world. Perhaps the fact the the youth training ground is right next to the stadium has helped them in this, as players have had an opportunity to work alongside experience professionals during their training.

Luminus Arena History

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The Luminus Arena is the fourth largest sports venue in Belgium. Only the King Baudouin Stadium, the Stade Maurice Dufrasne (home of Genk’s rivals Standard Liege) and the Jan Breydel Stadium where both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge play are bigger. Between 2007 and 2016 it was known as Cristal Arena because of sponsorship by a Belgian brewery company called Cristal Alken. That changed in 2017 when the Belgian power company Luminus took over the sponsorship of the ground.

The stadium stands on the site of the former venue the André Dumont Stadium. It was completely rebuilt in 1999 when Genk won their first top-flight title. It was originally known as Thyl Gheyselinckstadion and was renamed as Fenixstadion after the re-build. It was intended to be used as a venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, had Belgium won the rights to host it. Had that happened then the opacity would also have been increased to 45,000.

Future Developments

There are no immediate plans to make any major changes to the stadium moving forward.

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