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Football: 21,248 (maximum 25,500 without tarps)Concerts: 41,000 (maximum)
|Opened||25 March 1998|
|Architect||Alynia Architecten Harlingen bv|
The GelreDome (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣɛlrədoːm]) is a football stadium in the city of Arnhem, Netherlands. It serves as the home of the football club Vitesse Arnhem. It was opened on 25 March 1998, featuring a retractable roof, as well as a convertible pitch, that can be retracted, when unused during concerts or other events held at the stadium, and a climate control system. It has a maximum capacity of 34,000 people for sports events, or 41,000 during concerts. It was also one of the venues for the Euro 2000 tournament held in the Netherlands and Belgium. It replaced the Nieuw Monnikenhuize.
The GelreDome hosted its second UEFA Champions League game on August 13, 2008, between FC Twente and Arsenal, as Vitesse are loaning Twente the stadium for this match, due to expansion work being done on Twente's home stadium, De Grolsch Veste. In 2001, PSV Eindhoven played a Champions League game in the GelreDome, as part of the UEFA sanction, after the riots in the game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern the season before. Another Champions League game at the GelreDome took place on 26 July 2011 when FC Twente used it as a home venue for the first leg of their third qualifying round tie against FC Vaslui, after a roof collapse at De Grolsch Veste, in which two workers were killed.
Even though it was one of the venues for the UEFA 2000 tournament, and is still considered one of the largest and modern stadium in the Netherlands, it was not selected as a venue for the combined Netherlands and Belgium bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as FIFA requires a minimum capacity of 44,000 seats and expansion is not economically feasible, due to its design.
|Date||Time||Stage||Team #1||Res.||Team #2|
|11 June 2000||2:30pm||Group B||Turkey||1–2||Italy|
|17 June 2000||6:00pm||Group A||Romania||0–1||Portugal|
|21 June 2000||6:00pm||Group C||Slovenia||0–0||Norway|
With its retractable roof as well as a convertible pitch, the stadium regularly hosts concerts.
- Qlimax 2003 - Onwards annually in November.
- Hardbass 2009 Onwards annually in January or February.
- Spice Girls performed two concerts on March 28 and 29, 1998 (the latter being recorded for an unofficial live video) during their Spiceworld Tour.
- Janet Jackson was the first solo artist to perform at the dome on June 9, 1998 as part of The Velvet Rope World Tour
- Bon Jovi played at the stadium on the Crush Tour on September 1, 2000
- Britney Spears performed at the dome on November 4, 2000 during her Oops!... I Did It Again Tour. It was her first concert in the Netherlands.
- Dj Tiesto performed Tiësto in Concert on 10 May 2003
- Madonna performed two concerts on September 8 and 9, 2004 during her Re-Invention World Tour to a crowd of 73.300 fans.
- Coldplay performed (and recorded live tracks) at the stadium during their Twisted Logic Tour in 2005.
- Sting performed, on two consecutive nights, during the "Symphonica in Rosso", during his Symphonicities Tour, on October 15–16, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Diana Ross headlined the 2009 edition of the "Symphonica In Rosso" festival at the stadium, selling out two nights. Ross was asked to perform a third night, but, had to decline.
- Tina Turner played 2 concerts at the dome on March 21 & 22, 2009 to a crowd of 88.000 during Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. These concerts were recorded and released on DVD titled Tina Live.
- Rihanna Played 2 concerts at the Stadium, during the Last Girl on Earth Tour 2010 and the Loud Tour 2011
- Lady Gaga Played 1 concert, with her Monster Ball Tour on May 15, 2010.
- Iron Maiden performed on 8 June 2011 and again on the 8th of June in 2016 during their Book of Souls world tour.
- AC/DC played at the stadium on the Rock or Bust World Tour on May 5, 2015
- Shakira performed at the stadium on the Oral Fixation tour on March 17, 2006
- Justin Bieber performed for his Believe Tour on April 13, 2013. He returned for his Purpose Tour on October 8 & 9 of 2016
- Celine Dion will perform for her Celine Dion Live 2017 tour on June 23, 2017. Tickets sold out in 30 minutes.
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