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Amsterdam Arena

Stadium information
Full nameAmsterdam ArenA
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Built1993 1996
Opened14 August 1996
OwnerGemeente Amsterdam
Stadion Amsterdam N.V.
Construction cost-140 million
Capacity52,960 seats (matches)
68,000 seats (centre-stage concerts)
50,000 (end-stage concerts)
Field dimensions105 x 68 m
TenantsAFC Ajax (1996 present)
Amsterdam Admirals (1997 2007)
1998 UEFA Champions League Final
2013 UEFA Europa League Final

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Amsterdam Arena (often stylized as Amsterdam ArenA) is a stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is the largest stadium in the nation and it was built from 1993 to 1996 at a cost of -140 million, and was officially opened on 14 August 1996. It has been used for association football, American football, concerts, and other events. The stadium has a retractable roof combined with a grass surface. It has a capacity of 52,960 seats during football matches and 68,000 places during concerts if a centre-stage setup is used (the stage in the middle of the pitch); for end-stage concerts, the capacity is 50,000, and for concerts where the stage is located in the east side of the stadium, the capacity is 35,000. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which was superseded by a new system of classification. It has been announced that the Amsterdam Arena will host the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final.

The stadium is the home of the association football club AFC Ajax (1996 present) and was the home of the now-defunct American football club Amsterdam Admirals (1996 2007). It was one of the stadiums used during Euro 2000. Both international and Dutch artists gave concerts in the ArenA, including Celine Dion, Madonna, Michael Jackson, André Hazes and The Rolling Stones. Dance event Sensation is held in the stadium every year.

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