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Full name GelreDome
Location Arnhem, Netherlands

Football: 21,248 (maximum 25,500 without tarps)

Concerts: 41,000 (maximum)
Built 1996–1998
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.

Euro 2000[edit]

Date Time Stage Team #1 Res. Team #2
11 June 2000 2:30pm Group B Turkey Turkey 1–2 Italy Italy
17 June 2000 6:00pm Group A Romania Romania 0–1 Portugal Portugal
21 June 2000 6:00pm Group C Slovenia Slovenia 0–0 Norway Norway


With its retractable roof as well as a convertible pitch, the stadium regularly hosts concerts.


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Coordinates: 51°57′46.38″N 5°53′34.13″E / 51.9628833°N 5.8928139°E / 51.9628833; 5.8928139