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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  • Given my regular presence in the buildings of district, work Measurement and flexspace for 1000 entrepreneurs, I got a very nice overview of this very specific building with its very special finishing, lighting and views. ... TOP Stadium!!!
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  • In this new stadium built in 2013 is everything to a fun Football Association. You can eat in the Buffalo Bistro to the match correct prices. Much has been done for the comfort of the visitor. There is an abundance of food and beverage positions. You should never wait long on your beer or packet of fries. An example for the future stages in Belgium. Worth a visit!
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  • Today visit the arena and found it even worth. I was here to visit the exhibition that took place at that moment (Franky charcuterie) and you also got the chance to have a tour in the drive to follow. Thought it was fun to do. Is a really nice Stadium.
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