Stadion Galgenwaard

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Stadion Galgenwaard
Stadion FC Utrecht - Bunnikside.jpg
Full name Stadion Galgenwaard
Former names Stadion Nieuw-Galgenwaard
Location Utrecht, Netherlands
Opened August 22, 2004
Surface grass
Architect Zwarts & Jansma Architecten
Capacity 24,426
Tenants
FC Utrecht
Aerial view of Stadion Galgenwaard

Stadion Galgenwaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstaːdiˌjɔn ˈɣɑɫɣə(n)ˌʋaːrt]) is a football stadium in Utrecht that has been the home of the football club FC Utrecht since 1970. The stadium, which underwent a renovation starting at the beginning of the 21st century, has a capacity of nearly 24,500 spectators.

The New Galgenwaard Stadium was opened in 1982. At the time it was one of the most modern stadiums in the world, especially due to the moat around the pitch. After twenty years FC Utrecht felt the need for expansion and renewal. The main stand was moved to the North side and opened for the start of the 2001–2002 season.

The old main stand was rebuilt after that and a year later FC Utrecht had two new stands along the sides of the pitch. Last season, the goal stands were replaced, and the stadium now has 24,426 seats. The stadium was given its current name, Stadion Galgenwaard, in January 2002.

Seven international matches of the Dutch national football team were played in the stadium, the first one being on April 27, 1983: a friendly against Sweden (0–3). The last one, played on September 3, 2004, was also a friendly: a 3–0 win against Liechtenstein.

The stadium was also the host of 2 World Cup finals. In 1998 The Dutch Hockey squad became World Champion, beating Spain in the final (3–2). In 2005, the final of the Football World Youth Championships was played in the Galgenwaard. Argentina won the final, beating Nigeria 2–1, with 2 goals from Lionel Messi.

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Coordinates: 52°04′42″N 5°08′45″E / 52.07833°N 5.14583°E / 52.07833; 5.14583