Ghelamco Arena (Arteveldestadion), Ghent

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The Ghelamco Arena is a multi-use stadium in Ghent, Belgium. It hosts the home matches of football club K.A.A. Gent and was officially opened on July 17, 2013, making it the first new-built Belgian football stadium since 1974.The stadium seats 20,000 and replaced the Jules Ottenstadion, which had been Gent's home since 1920. The stadium hosted its first competitive match on 4 August 2013, when Gent won 2-1 over KV Mechelen.HistoryConstructionOn 12 May 2003 then-alderman of Ghent Daniël Termont announced that as from the season 2006/07 the new stadium of KAA Gent would be situated on the site of the Groothandelsmarkt (Trade Market), near the R4 and the Ringvaart and close to the E17 and E40 motorways. The stadium would be given the name of Arteveldestadion (after Jacob van Artevelde) and should help in the further growth of the team. Due to multiple problems, including issued building permits and financial difficulties, it would take until 18 September 2008 before the official foundation stone could be laid by meanwhile mayor Daniël Termont and president of KAA Gent Ivan De Witte.In 2009 new problems concerning the financing of the stadium became public. In June 2010, the city of Ghent announced that it had come to a definitive agreement with real estate developer Ghelamco about the construction and exploitation of the stadium. After approval of the adapted lease agreement in the city council, which was realized during the meeting of October 2010, the construction works were started immediately. They were scheduled to be finished before the start of the 2012–13 Belgian Pro League, but were delayed one more year.
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  • new football arena in Ghent, beautiful buitenzijde.in the stadium is all features drinks and dining facilities, the trouble
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  • I am not a soccer football fan, but wanted to see a match to get an idea of the atmosphere and where our tax money went. It is an impressive stadium and the home team scored five goals. I’m impressed ...  more »
  • attended a game in the jupiler league , and it was amazing atmosphere , spcially after the home team KAA Gent scored 3 goals . nice night  more »

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