ArenA Stadium Tour
The Ajax stadium in Amsterdam, better known as Johan Cruijff ArenA, is the home of AFC Ajax, the city’s celebrated home football team. Join the 53,502 devoted fans to see a match or if you can’t make it, take a guided tour of the Netherland’s largest stadium. Better yet, do both! The Ajax stadium is not for the vertigo prone because the stands are built at a steep angle of 37° which means there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The stadium is not just used for football matches; international and national famed artists have their concerts here.
Ajax Stadium was opened by Queen Beatrix, now Princess Beatrix 1996 and since then many matches have been won (and lost) on these hallowed grounds. The opening game AC Milan and Ajax resulted in 0-3, although the rivalry continues. Join the ArenA Stadium Tour. Book online and save € 1.50!
Join the ArenA Stadium Tour and your guide will tell about the illustrious past of the glorious game and also about the present and future games of Ajax Football Club. You will have a peek into the dressing rooms (when there is no match on) and the press boxes. Take a selfie while sitting in the chair of one of your Ajax idols. Finally descend in grace the famous staircase leading to the sacred pitch. Anyone who loves football and Ajax must visit the ArenA Stadium, walk here and relive the victories won here. True Ajax fans also visit the Ajax Museum to see the Holy Grail.
Johan Cruyff is Ajax! In the 1966-1967 season Cruyff scored 33 goals in 30 games and for the first time in the club’s history Ajax won the league and the cup – a truly remarkable achievement. Part of the credit goes to Manager Rinus Michels who reshaped the club’s philosophy. He insisted on discipline and attention to detail, a legacy that lives on in the club today.
The 1980s brought new success. Ajax won domestic trophies once again with players like Simon Tahamata, Ruud Geels, Sören Lerby, Frank Arnesen, and Jan Mölby gracing the field. As a result, foreign clubs showed an interest in Ajax players. resulting in a steady stream of young talent stepping on to the field. Among them Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Gerald Vanenburg, and Wim Kieft are some of the most famous. Between 1977 and 1985 Ajax won six championships.
The 1990s and Van Gaal
Manager and former player Van Gaal was extremely successful. His well-balanced team of experienced players such as Jan Wouters, Danny Blind and talented youngsters like Bryan Roy, Michel Kreek, Frank de Boer, Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp resulted in reaching the finals of the 1992 UEFA Cup.
True Ajax fans make a pilgimmage to a live game at Amsterdam ArenA. Tickets are always issued first to Ajax Club Card holders and then become available to the general public nearer the date of the match. Go to visit Ajax for dates of upcoming games.
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photos Xlibber and Ungry Young Man @Flickr