Philips Stadion: PSV Eindhoven

Anton Philipslaan 56, Eindhoven, 5616TX, Netherlands
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Have you ever wondered what the ‘PSV’ part of PSV Eindhoven stands for? Then wonder no longer, for we are here to help. It stands for Philips Sport Vereniging and is relevant to information about the club’s stadium because it gives you an insight into the club as a whole. The stadium was established as ‘Philips Sportpark’, a location for Philips employees to play sports on in 1910.

As you might expect the ground has undergone more than a couple of changes since it was built more than a century ago. At the time of writing it has been developed to the point that it holds a four-star rating from UEFA, just one off the top rating available. It has hosted European Championship group games in the past and the UEFA Cup final in 2006.

Stats

Philips Stadion Stats
Year Opened1910
Capacity35,000
Average Attendance33,135
Record Attendance35,292 (PSV v Man United (2015))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NamePhilips Sportpark
OwnerPSV Eindhoven
SponsorPhilips
Clubs HostedPhilips Elftal, PSV Eindhoven, Jong PSV, Netherlands national team
First FixturePhilips Elftal v Hollandia (15/01/1911)
PSV Eindhoven Stats
Year Founded1913
NicknameFarmers, Red and whites
Club MascotPhoxy
RivalsAjax, Feyenoord
KitRed & White Stripes (Home) / Blue, Red & Black (Away) / Light Blue & White (Third)
Training GroundDe Herdgang
Shirt SponsorPhilips
Team OwnerFoundation PSV Football
Record GoalscorerWilly van der Kuijlen (305)
Record AppearancesWilly van der Kuijlen (508)

Philips Stadion Photos

Philips Stadion Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By TaraO (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

The Philips Stadion has a unique appearance, part ‘bowl’ style with continuous seating and part ‘English’ style with separate sections, it has four areas best described by their geographical location. The North Stand looks like it’s one tier but it’s actually two separated by a row of executive seating. The South Stand runs along the side of the pitch like its Northern buddy but is the main stand in the ground, housing the dugouts, players’ tunnel and changing rooms. The East Stand is flanked by two corners that are sort of filled in but sort of aren’t giving it a strange look. Finally, The West Stand follows the design of the rest of the stadium - two tiers separated by executive seating.

PSV Eindhoven Ticket Prices

The Netherlands as a country introduced a club card system in about 2009 that means it is mandatory for supporters attending games to have a PSV Club Card. It allows PSV fans to buy tickets for the games at over 400 locations throughout the country and it also improves safety issues. This is not necessary for supporters from abroad, however, who can buy special ‘packages’ for games.

How To Get PSV Eindhoven Tickets

As well as through the club’s website, tickets are available over the phone or by email. For Club Card members there are more than 400 options of where to buy tickets from around the country.

Where to Buy

Getting To Philips Stadion

Getting to Philips Stadion isn’t too complicated, with all of the usual methods you’d want to use being readily available to you. Here’s some info on each:

Train - Getting the train from St. Pancras to Eindhoven will take about five and a half hours. You’ll travel from London to Brussels before heading to Rotterdam. From there you’ll get an internal Dutch train to Eindhoven. The ground itself is about ten minutes walk from the city’s Central Station.

Bus - Bus numbers 16, 18, 401 and 402 all stop by the stadium.

Car - It really depends on where you’re travelling from, of course, but from Amsterdam, for example, you’ll take the A2 until you get to the A58 then the N2. Take exit 30 and follow the signs.

By Air - The wittily named Eindhoven Airport is the closest to the city and is about 10km away.

Taxi - A taxi from Central Station to Philips Stadion will take just over five minutes and should cost in the region of €7.

Parking Near Philips Stadion

There is a parking garage on level -3 of the stadium.

Useful Resources

Philips Stadion Hotels

Eindhoven is a lovely city with loads of great hotels. Here are some of our favourites:

Queen Hotel Eindhoven - £40+

Markt 7, Eindhoven, 5611 EB
The Queen Hotel is about half a mile from the stadium and features a restaurant, a bar, several meeting rooms and a terrace. There’s also free Wi-Fi, should you need to get online. More details.

Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven - £50+

Lichttoren 22, Eindhoven, 5611BJ
The Art Eindhoven hotel is also about half a mile from the ground and has a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, a business centre, a terrace and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven - £65+

Aalsterweg 322, Eindhoven, 5644 RL
This hotel is further afield from Philips Stadion at about two and a half miles, but it’s worth the travel time. It’s got three restaurants, a casino on-site, a fitness centre with an indoor pool and a conference centre. There’s also free parking, free Wi-Fi and a terrace area. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Philips Stadion

Eindhoven, like pretty much all of the Netherlands, is a lovely place to go for a drink. Here are some of the best bars you might like to check out:

Usine Eindhoven BV

Lichttoren 6, 5611 BJ Eindhoven (+31 40 217 1890)
Not far from Philips Stadion is the Usine, a cafe and restaurant with a decent food menu and loads of good drink options. There’s also a few TV screens for football.

De Wildeman

Markt 10, 5611 EB Eindhoven (+31 40 245 2300)
Another ‘cafe’ by name, the De Wildeman is a cracking little place to go with a great menu and loads of drink options. They also have live music and quiz nights quite regularly.

O'Sheas Irish Pub

Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, 5611 EE Eindhoven (+31 40 246 6213)
Irish pubs get everywhere and with good reason. They tap into a market that is not often exploited by local businesses. Some people love a taste of home, a good atmosphere and sport on the TV, all of which are offered by O’Shea’s.

Facilities

Philips Stadion offers all of the usual facilities you’d expect to find at a stadium belonging to one of the world’s top-teams. As well as great views from pretty much everywhere there are also the standard places to buy a drink or a bite to eat.

Hospitality

There are a huge amount of executive seats throughout the stadium as well as thirteen hospitality suites. If you like to watch matches in comfort than there will definitely be an option that ticks your boxes.

Private Hire

The club is extremely proud of its stadium and with good reason. It’s one of the most attractive grounds in the Netherlands and it is able to host meetings, conferences, classes, seminars, presentations or even parties. Get in touch with the club for more info.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours of Philips Stadion last for an hour and run every day apart from European match days, the day before European match days, Sundays and Dutch public holidays. They take in all of the usual sights of a top-class stadium, including the dressing rooms, the executive area and the Director’s Box. Your tour ticket also includes access to the club museum, though you can visit the museum without having to do the tour.

A combined tour and museum ticket costs €16.50 for adults and €14.50 for children from 4 to 14. If you’d just like to see the museum, however, that will set you back €7.50 or €5 respectively. The museum is open from 10am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. It’s closed on public holidays and Sundays and shuts four hours before a game on a match day.

About PSV Eindhoven

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Philips Sport Vereniging translates as Philips Sports Union that exactly what it is, with PSV Eindhoven being the association football part of the sports club. The club plays its games in the Eredivisie, the top-flight of Dutch football, and has ever since the league’s inception in 1956. PSV are joined by Ajax and Feyenoord as being the ‘big three’ clubs of Dutch football, dominating the game in the Netherlands since it was played there.

The club’s history stems from when employees of Philips, the Dutch technology company, wanted somewhere to play sport. Since then they have gone on to win 23 Eredivisie titles, nine KNVB cups and ten Johan Cruijff Schaals. They club also won the UEFA Cup in the 1977-1978 season and the European Cup exactly a decade later. Numerous world-class players have started their careers at the club including Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Ruud can Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben.

Philips Stadion History

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The first wooden stand was erected at the stadium in 1916 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Extensive renovations were carried out firstly in the 1970s and then in the 1990s. None of this would have been possible without the vision of Gerrit Jan de Jongh, an urban planner who foresaw an employee village based around numerous sporting areas. It was initially named Philips Sportpark and the company formed a football team for its younger employees that they called Philips Elftal.

Elftal played at the ground for two years until they were disbanded and PSV Eindhoven were formed in their stead. The ground didn’t get a name change to Philips Stadion until 1990, around the same time that a decision was made to renovate the whole stadium. The renovations allowed the ground to host some UEFA European Championship matches in 2000 when the tournament was split over Belgium and the Netherlands. Portugal beat England 3-2 there in the Group A game, Sweden drew 0-0 with Turkey and Italy beat Sweden 2-0 in two Group B games.

Future Developments

Plans were introduced in 2010 to increase the stadium’s capacity when the Netherlands was bidding to host the 2018 World Cup. When the bid failed the plans were shelved and have not yet been reestablished.

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