Jules Ottenstadion

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Jules Ottenstadion
Den Ot
Gentbruggeottenstadion 16072009.jpg
Location Gentbrugge
Capacity 12.919
Tenants
K.A.A. Gent

Jules Ottenstadion was a multi-purpose stadium in Gentbrugge, Ghent, Belgium. It was used mostly for football matches and used to be the home ground of K.A.A. Gent. The stadium held 12,919 seats and was built in 1920. It has been replaced by the new Ghelamco Arena in 2013. At the end of the use of the stadium for the home matches of KAA Gent, the people of Ghent called this stadium simply Ottenstadion. It was situated in the centre of a residential neighbourhood in the Bruiloftstraat in Gentbrugge.

History[edit]

The stadium was built in 1920 and was officially opened on 22 August of that year by the Dauphin of that time, Prince Leopold. The stadium was named after Jules Otten, one of the founders of KAA Gent, which was called La Gantoise at that time.

During the 1920 Summer Olympics in neighboring Antwerp, it hosted the Italy-Egypt football match that Italians won 2-1.[1]

K.A.A. Gent has been playing for 90 years in the stadium, but is relocated to the new Ghelamco Arena, which is situated at the Ottergemsesteenweg. It was planned that the new stadium would be ready by the 2007-2008 season, but due to many delays, it wasn't opened until 2013. The new Arena with 20,000 seats was officially inaugurated on 17 July 2013.[2]

The Jules Ottenstadium has been demolished and will be replaced by a residential environment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA.com 1920 Summer Olympics ITA-EGY results. - accessed 6 October 2010.
  2. ^ stadiumguide.com: Ghelamco Arena accessed 8 November 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°01′53″N 3°45′58″E / 51.03139°N 3.76611°E / 51.03139; 3.76611